SOLD OUT! Book Soup presents John Waters in conversation about and signing Mr. Know It All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder


Book Soup presents John Waters in conversation about and signing Mr. Know It All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder

Interviewer: Merrill Markoe

No one knows more about everything--especially everything rude, clever, and offensively compelling--than John Waters. The man in the pencil-thin mustache, auteur of the transgressive movie classics Pink FlamingosPolyester, the original HairsprayCry-Baby, and A Dirty Shame, is one of the world's great sophisticates, and in Mr. Know-It-All he serves it up raw: how to fail upward in Hollywood; how to develop musical taste from Nervous Norvus to Maria Callas; how to build a home so ugly and trendy that no one but you would dare live in it; more important, how to tell someone you love them without emotional risk; and yes, how to cheat death itself. Through it all, Waters swears by one undeniable truth: "Whatever you might have heard, there is absolutely no downside to being famous. None at all."  Studded with cameos of Waters's stars, from Divine and Mink Stole to Johnny Depp, Kathleen Turner, Patricia Hearst, and Tracey Ullman, and illustrated with unseen photos from Waters's personal collection, Mr. Know-It-All is Waters's most hypnotically readable, upsetting, revelatory book--another instant Waters classic. (Farrar, Strauss, & Giroux)

"Waters doesn't kowtow to the received wisdom, he flips it the bird . . . [Waters] has the ability to show humanity at its most ridiculous and make that funny rather than repellent." --Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post

John Waters' books Role Models (2010) and Carsick (2014) were national bestsellers, and his spoken-word shows This Filthy World and A John Waters Christmas continue to be performed around the world. Indecent Exposure, a retrospective exhibition of Waters's acclaimed artwork, was recently shown at the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio.

Merrill Markoe is a humorist/comedian who worked in television for many years and received 5 Emmies for her work on Late Night with David Letterman, which she also helped create and a Writers Guild award for her work on Not Necessarily the News.  She has written for every publication known to man and published 8 books that she hopes are funny. At various points she has also been a TV correspondent, a standup comedian and a radio host. Her latest project is a audio book for called The Indignities of Being a Woman, which she cowrote with Megan Koester. And an upcoming graphic novel, which she is also illustrating. She attended all of the important cultural events of the sixties and seventies, and left most of them early. She loves John Waters.

This ticketed event will take place at The Renberg Theatre located at Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Village, 1125 N. McCadden Pl., Los Angeles, CA 90028.

General admission (Ticket + book): $35.00 (+tax and fees)

Tickets will include one entry and one copy of Mr. Know It All, which will be handed out at “check in”. A book signing will follow the program. 

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Event date: 
Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Renberg Theatre (Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Village)
1125 North McCadden Place
Los Angeles, CA 90028