Local Libraries LIT Welcomes Author Sloane Crosley
Local Libraries LIT, a joint series offered by libraries in Johnson County, is set to feature The New York Times bestselling essayist and author Sloane Crosley on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021, at 7 p.m. The goal of Local Libraries LIT is to grow a thriving community which shines with diversity, equity, and inclusion. Open to the public. Reservations for a suggested donation can be made online. This is the fourth virtual event in the series offered by public libraries in Iowa City, Coralville, and North Liberty, as well as the University of Iowa and Kirkwood Libraries with support from The Tuesday Agency.
“Sloane Crosley is another mordant and mercurial wit from the realm of Sedaris and Vowell. What makes her so funny is that she seems to be telling the truth, helplessly,” says essayist Jonathan Lethem. Sloane Crosley is a fiercely funny author and essayist whose humor is lively and genuine. She is a relentless comedic force who the New York Times called, “an incisive observer of human nature.”
Sloane Crosley is the author of the New York Times bestselling essay collections, I Was Told There’d Be Cake and How Did You Get This Number. The former was a finalist for The Thurber Prize for American Humor and was described as “perfectly, relentlessly funny” by David Sedaris. Her debut novel, The Clasp, was a national bestseller, a New York Times editor’s choice, and it has been optioned for film by Universal Pictures. Sloane’s most recent book of essays, Look Alive Out There, was met with high praise. Steve Martin said of the collection, “Sloane Crosley does the impossible. She stays consistently funny and delivers a book that is alive and jumping.”
In 2011, Sloane co-created sadstuffonthestreet.com, a blog dedicated to sad and funny curbside detritus. In 2017, she co-wrote a book inspired by the blog called The Sad Stuff on The Street, and 100% of the proceeds from the book go to NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
Sloane was the inaugural columnist for the New York Times Op-Ed “Townies” series and is featured in The Library of America’s 50 Funniest American Writers. She is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and was a 2018 Yaddo fellow.