John Waters

presents

Mr. Know-It-All:
The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder

in conversation with ALYSIA ABBOTT

Tickets on sale now (book included)

This event includes a book signing

Date

May
20
Monday
May 20, 2019
7:00 PM
(Doors at 6:30)

Location

First Parish Church
1446 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

$28.75 (book included) - On Sale Now

Harvard Book Store welcomes renowned filmmaker, actor, visual artist, and author JOHN WATERS for an onstage conversation about his new memoir, Mr. Know-It-All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder. He will be joined in conversation by ALYSIA ABBOTT, award-winning author of Fairyland, A Memoir of My Father.  This event, taking place at First Parish Church, is co-sponsored by the Brattle Theatre.

About Mr. Know-It-All

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.

Praise for Mr. Know-It-All

"An exuberantly transgressive American filmmaker gets down, dirty, and weird about life, art, and career . . . Comic and rude but always compulsively readable, Waters demonstrates that he is not only first among Filth Elders; he is also a keen observer of American culture. Wickedly smart and consistently laugh-out-loud funny." ―Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Nothing can squelch [John Waters'] outrageous imagination . . . If you don't laugh loud and often, check your pulse, then your breath on a mirror." ―Ray Olson, Booklist

"Endlessly entertaining . . . Waters’s musings are as funny and eccentric as his films; longtime fans will be delighted with the treasure trove of insights into his brilliant oeuvre." ―Publishers Weekly

Alysia Abbott
Alysia Abbott

Alysia Abbott

Alysia Abbott is the author of Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father, which won the ALA Stonewall Award and the Prix Madame Figaro, and has been translated into French, Spanish, Polish, and Portuguese. Her work has appeared in the Boston Globe, The New York Times Book Review, Vogue, Psychology Today, TriQuarterly, Lit Hub, and elsewhere. She leads the Memoir Incubator at GrubStreet in Boston and lives with her family in Cambridge, MA.

Photo credit: Amber Davis Toularentes

John Waters
John Waters

John Waters

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. He is at work on a novel.

Photo Credit: Greg Gorman

Tickets are available online only at harvard.com and harvardbookstore.eventbrite.com. All tickets include a copy of Mr. Know-It-All. Books bundled with 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.

First Parish Church
1446 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Walking from the Harvard Square T station: 2 minutes

As you exit the station, cross Mass. Ave. and look for the newsstand called Crimson Corner. Turn right and proceed north along Mass. Ave. going toward the Cambridge Common. You will pass the Harvard Coop, Bank of America, and CVS. The First Parish Church is located at the corner of Mass. Ave. and Church St. Please enter through the front door of the church.

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The Brattle Theatre, Boston's Unofficial Film School since 1953, shows the best in classic, cutting-edge, foreign, and art-house films. Learn more about their programming here.

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