Conversations with Authors - Michael Ian Black (Virtual Event)

Sunday, September 27, 2020 - 4:00pm


Sunday, September 27th • 4:00pm PT/7:00pm ET

Michael Ian Black

in conversation with Peggy Orenstein

Conversations with Authors is our free virtual event series! Join us throughout the week at 4:00pm PT/7:00pm ET for a new chat with a different author.


Michael Ian Black's A Better Man: A (Mostly Serious) Letter to My Son, is both poignant look at boyhood in the form of a heartfelt letter from the comedian to his teenage son before he leaves for college, and a radical plea for rethinking masculinity and teaching young men to give and receive love.

Michael is an actor, comedian, and writer who started his career with the sketch comedy show The State on MTV, and has created and starred in many other television shows. Movie appearances include Wet Hot American Summer, The Baxter, and Sextuplets. He is the author of several books for children, including the award-winning I’m Bored, I’m Sad, and I’m Worried, and the parody A Child’s First Book of Trump. His books for adults include the memoirs You’re Not Doing It Right and Navel Gazing, and the essay collection My Custom Van. Michael also co-authored with Meghan McCain America, You Sexy Bitch. As a stand-up comedian, Michael regularly tours the country, and he has released several comedy albums. His podcasts include Mike & Tom Eat Snacks, with Tom Cavanagh; Topics, with Michael Showalter; How to Be Amazing; and Obscure. He lives in Connecticut with his wife and two children.

Peggy Orenstein is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Boys & Sex, Girls & Sex, Cinderella Ate My Daughter, and Waiting for Daisy, as well as Don’t Call Me Princess, Flux, and the classic Schoolgirls. A contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine and AFAR, Peggy has also written for such publications as The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, New York, The Atlantic, and The New Yorker, and has contributed commentaries to NPR’s All Things Considered. She has been featured on, among other programs, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, The Today Show, Morning Joe, NPR’s Fresh Air, and The PBS News Hour. Her TED Talk, “What Young Women Believe About Their Own Sexual Pleasure,” has been viewed over five million times.


Below, please find links to purchase their books.



A Better Man: A (Mostly Serious) Letter to My Son Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616209117
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Published: Algonquin Books - September 15th, 2020

“Raw, intimate, and true . .

I'm Bored (The I'm Books) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781442414037
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 4th, 2012

There is NOTHING boring about being a kid, but one little girl is going to have to prove it in this anything-but-boring picture book from comedian Michael Ian Black.

Just when a little girl thinks she couldn’t possibly be more bored, she stumbles upon a potato who turns the tables on her by declaring that children are boring.

I'm Sad (The I'm Books) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781481476270
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - June 5th, 2018

A girl, a potato, and a very sad flamingo star in this charming sequel to I’m Bored by New York Times bestselling author and comedian Michael Ian Black and celebrated illustrator Debbie Ridpath Ohi.

Everyone feels sad sometimes—even flamingos.


I'm Worried (The I'm Books) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781534415867
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - June 4th, 2019

A girl, a flamingo, and a worried potato star in the third book in New York Times bestselling author Michael Ian Black and illustrator Debbie Ridpath Ohi’s series about feelings—and why they’re good, even when they feel bad.

Potato is worried.

A Child's First Book of Trump Cover Image
By Michael Ian Black, Marc Rosenthal (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781481488006
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - July 5th, 2016

A New York Times bestseller!

What do you do when you spot a wild Trump in the election season?

You're Not Doing It Right: Tales of Marriage, Sex, Death, and Other Humiliations Cover Image
ISBN: 9781439167861
Availability: Special Order
Published: Gallery Books - October 16th, 2012

From the comedian who brought you Stella and The State, Michael Ian Black delivers a collection of irreverent essays that say the kinds of things you’re afraid to admit.

Navel Gazing: True Tales of Bodies, Mostly Mine (but also my mom's, which I know sounds weird) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476748825
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Gallery Books - January 5th, 2016

New York Times bestselling author and stand-up comedian Michael Ian Black (author of A Child’s First Book of Trump) delivers a “memorable and funny” (Kirkus Reviews) memoir about confronting his genetic legacy as he hits his forties.

Whether it’s family history, religion, aging, or his parents, Michael Ian Black always has something to say in the

My Custom Van: And 52 Other Mind-Blowing Essays that Will Blow Your Mind All Over Your Face Cover Image
ISBN: 9781439153536
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Published: Gallery Books - July 14th, 2009

Get ready for the read of your life. Never before has a single book combined awesome vans, unicorns, Billy Joel, and erotic fiction in such a potent combination. A writing tour de force? Perhaps. A reading experience that will sear itself into your consciousness like a red-hot branding iron? Without question.

America, You Sexy Bitch: A Love Letter to Freedom Cover Image
ISBN: 9780306821004
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Da Capo Press - June 12th, 2012

She is a single, twentysomething, gun-loving, Christian, Republican writer and blogger, the daughter of a Senator and 2008 Republican presidential nominee. He is a married, forty-year-old, gun-fearing, atheist, Democrat comedian, the son of a lesbian former Social Security employee. Meghan McCain and Michael Ian Black barely know each other.

Boys & Sex: Young Men on Hookups, Love, Porn, Consent, and Navigating the New Masculinity Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062666970
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Published: Harper - January 7th, 2020


Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062209740
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - March 7th, 2017


A Time Top 10 Book of the Year • A San Francisco Chronicle Book of the Year

Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061711534
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - January 31st, 2012

Peggy Orenstein, acclaimed author of the groundbreaking New York Times bestsellers Girls & Sex and Schoolgirls, offers a radical, timely wake-up call for parents, revealing the dark side of a pretty and pink culture confronting girls at every turn as they grow into adults.

Dazzling...the platinum standard for memoirs regarding couples struggling to become parents.--Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Don't Call Me Princess: Essays on Girls, Women, Sex, and Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062688903
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - February 27th, 2018

The New York Times bestselling author of Girls & Sex and Cinderella Ate My Daughter delivers her first ever collection of essays—funny, poignant, deeply personal and sharply observed pieces, drawn from three decades of writing, which trace girls’ and women’s progress (or lack thereof) in what Orenstein once called a “half-changed wo

Flux: Women on Sex, Work, Love, Kids, and Life in a Half-Changed World Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385498876
Availability: Special Order
Published: Anchor - August 21st, 2001

Peggy Orenstein’s bestselling Schoolgirls is the classic study of teenage girls and self-esteem. Now Orenstein uses the same interviewing and reporting skills to examine the lives of women in their 20s, 30s and 40s.

Schoolgirls: Young Women, Self Esteem, and the Confidence Gap Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385425766
Availability: Special Order
Published: Anchor - September 1st, 1995