This virtual event promises to be moving and hilarious as John Moe remind us it's OK not to be OK and that none of us are alone. He will be joined by special guest Peter Sagal (NPR's Wait Wait Don't Tell Me), Rex Huppke (The Chicago Tribune), and other surprise guests!
The event will run on Crowdcast, and all attendees must order a copy of The Hilarious World of Depression from The Book Cellar.
An exclusive event link will be e-mailed to all attendees with proof of purchase on the day of the event.
"This book is an excellent life raft for those of us who are so sure that we are alone in our struggles. You should read it. --Jenny Lawson"
"A funny, honest book about depression, and what you can do despite it. --Neil Gaiman"
"Candid and funny and intimate. --Susan Orlean"
About The Hilarious World of Depression: For years John Moe, critically-acclaimed public radio personality and host of The Hilarious World of Depression podcast, struggled with depression; it plagued his family and claimed the life of his brother in 2007. As Moe came to terms with his own illness, he began to see similar patterns of behavior and coping mechanisms surfacing in conversations with others, including high-profile comedians who'd struggled with the disease. Moe saw that there was tremendous comfort and community in open dialogue about these shared experiences and that humor had a unique power. Thus was born the podcast The Hilarious World of Depression.
Inspired by the immediate success of the podcast, Moe has written a remarkable investigation of the disease, part memoir of his own journey, part treasure trove of laugh-out-loud stories and insights drawn from years of interviews with some of the most brilliant minds facing similar challenges. Throughout the course of this powerful narrative, depression's universal themes come to light, among them, struggles with identity, lack of understanding of the symptoms, the challenges of work-life, self-medicating, the fallout of the disease in the lives of our loved ones, the tragedy of suicide, and the hereditary aspects of the disease.
About John Moe: John Moe has served as host of national public radio broadcasts such as Weekend America, Marketplace Tech Report and, from 2010- 2015, Wits. His reporting has been heard on All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Marketplace, Day to Day, and more. His writing appears in humor anthologies, The New York Times Magazine, McSweeney's, and The Seattle Times. He's a much in-demand public speaker and the author of multiple books, including The Hilarious World of Depression.
About Peter Sagal: Peter Sagal is the host of the Peabody Award-winning NPR news quiz Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!, one of the most popular shows on public radio, heard over four million listeners each week. He is also a playwright, a screenwriter, the host of Constitution USA with Peter Sagal on PBS, a one-time extra in a Michael Jackson music video, a contributor to publications from Opera News to The Magazine of the AARP and a featured columnist in Runner's World. He's run fourteen marathons across the United States. Sagal lives near Chicago with his wife Mara.
About Rex Huppke: In the tradition of Mike Royko, Chicago Tribune columnist Rex Huppke puts his wry spin on today’s social trends, pop-culture misfires and political blowhards, providing your readers with that rare combination of laughs and nod-along moments. Huppke draws in readers of all ages with his weekly columns, which provide hysterical common-sense observations that just happen to illustrate the hypocrisy and absurdity of his subjects.