Upcoming Event

Busy Philipps

presents

This Will Only Hurt a Little

Tickets on sale now

Date

Oct
19
Friday
October 19, 2018
7:30 PM
(Doors at 6:30)

Location

Back Bay Events Center
180 Berkeley St, Boston, MA 02116

Tickets

$32.00 (book included) - On Sale Now $22.00 (admission only) - On Sale Now

Harvard Book Store welcomes actress and writer BUSY PHILIPPS—best known for her roles in Freaks & Geeks, Dawson's Creek, Cougar Town, and ER (and for her candid and hilarious Instagram stories)—for a discussion of her debut memoir, This Will Only Hurt a Little.

Please Note

This event does not include a book signing or meet-and-greet with the author, but all pre-sale tickets include a personally pre-signed copy of This Will Only Hurt a Little.

About This Will Only Hurt a Little

There’s no stopping Busy Philipps. From the time she was two and “aced out in her nudes” to explore the neighborhood (as her mom famously described her toddler jailbreak), Busy has always been headstrong, defiant, and determined not to miss out on all the fun. These qualities led her to leave Scottsdale, Arizona, at the age of nineteen to pursue her passion for acting in Hollywood. But much like her painful and painfully funny teenage years, chasing her dreams wasn’t always easy and sometimes hurt more than a little.

In this stunningly candid memoir, Busy opens up about chafing against a sexist system rife with on-set bullying and body shaming, being there when friends face shattering loss, enduring devastating personal and professional betrayals from those she loved best, and struggling with postpartum anxiety and the challenges of motherhood.

But Busy also brings to the page her sly sense of humor and the unshakeable sense that disappointment shouldn’t stand in her way—even when she’s knocked down both figuratively and literally (from a knee injury at her seventh-grade dance to a violent encounter on the set of Freaks and Geeks). The rough patches in her life are tempered by times of hilarity and joy: leveraging a flawless impression of Cher from Clueless into her first paid acting gig, helping reinvent a genre with cult classic Freaks and Geeks, becoming fast friends with Dawson’s Creek castmate Michelle Williams, staging her own surprise wedding, conquering natural childbirth with the help of a Mad Men–themed hallucination, and more.

Busy is the rare entertainer whose impressive arsenal of talents as an actress is equally matched by her storytelling ability, sense of humor, and sharp observations about life, love, and motherhood. Her conversational writing reminds us what we love about her on screens large and small. From film to television to Instagram and now to the page, Busy delightfully showcases her wry humor and her willingness to bare it all.

Praise

“Judy Blume meets Karl Ove Knausgaard meets one brave woman from Arizona. On the page, Philipps’ toughness shines through—a rare and feminine ethical code; devoted and blunt. It’s a thrill to watch her stumble right up until the very moment she storms the f*cking gates. Also: just as casually addictive as her Instastories but no guilt because it’s a book.” Miranda July  

“You guys!! Busy is a legit writer with a voice as clear as a bell. This book is honest, funny, intimate, and well-observed by a person who has observed some sh*t.” Tina Fey 

“The breakout star of Instagram stories . . . Imagine I Love Lucy mixed with a modern lifestyle guru” —The New Yorker

Busy Philipps
Busy Philipps

Busy Philipps

Busy Philipps is an actress best known for roles in cult TV classics like Dawson’s Creek, Freaks & Geeks, Cougar Town, ER, and most recently, HBO’s Vice Principals. She has appeared in fan-favorite films such as Made of Honor, I Don’t Know How She Does It, He’s Just Not That Into You, White Chicks, and The Gift. She also was one of the writers of the hit film Blades of Glory. Busy lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their two daughters.

Tickets are available online only at harvard.com and harvardbookstore.eventbrite.com. Pre-sale tickets include a pre-signed copy of This Will Only Hurt a Little. Books bundled with pre-sale tickets may only be picked up at the venue the night of the event, and cannot be picked up in-store beforehand.

Tickets are non-refundable and non-returnable.

Parking for the Back Bay Events Center is located one block from the facility at the Garage @ 100 Clarendon.

Back Bay Events Center
180 Berkeley St, Boston, MA 02116

This event will take place in the beautiful John Hancock Hall at the Back Bay Events Center in Boston, on the corner of Berkeley and Stuart Streets.

Back Bay Events Center is located within blocks of several MBTA stations.

Back Bay Station: servicing Commuter Rail, Amtrak, and the Orange Line. Located on Dartmouth Street between Stuart Street and Columbus Avenue, and on Clarendon Street near Columbus Avenue.

Copley Square Station: servicing the Green Line. Located at 640 Boylston Street and 230 Dartmouth Street.

Arlington Street Station: servicing the Green Line. Located at 300 Boylston Street and 20 Arlington Street.

Parking for the Back Bay Events Center is located one block from the facility at the Garage @ 100 Clarendon.

General Info
(617) 661-1515
info@harvard.com

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