Virtual Event: Bess Kalb

presenting

Nobody Will Tell You This But Me:
A true (as told to me) story

in conversation with MIKE BIRBIGLIA

Date

Apr
29
Wednesday
April 29, 2020
7:00 PM ET

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Harvard Book Store's virtual event series welcomes BESS KALB—Emmy-nominated writer for Jimmy Kimmel Live and regular contributor to the New Yorker's "Daily Shouts"—for a discussion of her debut memoir, Nobody Will Tell You This But Me: A true (as told to me) story. She will be joined in conversation by award-winning actor, writer, director, and comedian MIKE BIRBIGLIA, author of the bestseller Sleepwalk with Me and Other Painfully True Stories.

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About Nobody Will Tell You This But Me

Bess Kalb, Emmy-nominated TV writer and New Yorker contributor, saved every voicemail her grandmother Bobby Bell ever left her. Bobby was a force—irrepressible, glamorous, unapologetically opinionated. Bobby doted on Bess; Bess adored Bobby. Then, at ninety, Bobby died. But in this debut memoir, Bobby is speaking to Bess once more, in a voice as passionate as it ever was in life.

Recounting both family lore and family secrets, Bobby brings us four generations of indomitable women and the men who loved them. There’s Bobby’s mother, who traveled solo from Belarus to America in the 1880s to escape the pogroms, and Bess’s mother, a 1970s rebel who always fought against convention. Then there’s Bess, who grew up in New York and entered the rough-and-tumble world of L.A. television. Her grandma Bobby was with her all the way—she was the light of Bess’s childhood and her fiercest supporter, giving Bess unequivocal love, even if sometimes of the toughest kind.

In Nobody Will Tell You This But Me, Bobby reminds Bess of the experiences they shared, and she delivers—in phone calls, texts, and unforgettable heart-to-hearts brought vividly to the page—her signature wisdom:

If the earth is cracking behind you, you put one foot in front of the other.
Never. Buy. Fake. Anything.
I swear on your life every word of this is true.

With humor and poignancy, Bess Kalb gives us proof of the special bond that can skip a generation and endure beyond death. This book is a feat of extraordinary ventriloquism and imagination by a remarkably talented writer.

Praise for Nobody Will Tell You This But Me

“Tender, funny, fresh, and unconventional, Nobody Will Tell You This But Me manages to make something new and wonderful out of a family memoir. Kalb has a light, lovely touch and a big heart, which combine to make this book irresistible.” —Susan Orlean, author of The Library Book

“I have not been as profoundly moved by a book in years. If you have a mother or grandmother, or ARE a mother or a grandmother, this is required reading. Bess Kalb’s fictional-factual tribute to the relationship she had with her grandmother—the way her history was passed to her by blood, along with bright memories and Jewish guilt and fierce, fierce love—could have been my own story. When I stop crying, I’m calling my mother immediately and making her read it.” —Jodi Picoult, author of A Spark of Light 

Nobody Will Tell You This But Me is precisely that—a book no one other than Bess Kalb would think to create. It’s an invented form that has bursts of comic lines as good as in any movie, and pathos as deep as in any novel. I love this book.” —Mike Birbiglia, author of Sleepwalk with Me and The New One

Bess Kalb
Bess Kalb

Bess Kalb

Bess Kalb is an Emmy-nominated writer for Jimmy Kimmel Live. Her writing for the show earned her a Writer's Guild Award in 2016. She has also written for the Oscars and the Emmys. A regular contributor to The New Yorker's "Daily Shouts," her work has been published in The New Republic, Grantland, Salon.com, Wired, The Nation, and elsewhere. She lives in Los Angeles.

Photo Credit: Lucas Foglia

Mike Birbiglia
Mike Birbiglia

Mike Birbiglia

Mike Birbiglia is a comedian, storyteller, director and actor. His most recent shows, The New One, Thank God for Jokes, and My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend can be found on Netflix. Additionally, Birbiglia is a filmmaker who wrote, directed, and starred in the films Sleepwalk With Me and Don’t Think Twice. His first book, Sleepwalk With Me and Other Painfully True Stories, was a New York Times bestseller. As an actor Birbiglia has appeared on Inside Amy Schumer, Orange is the New Black, and Billions, and in the films Trainwreck, The Fault in Our Stars, and Popstar.

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