Quietly Hostile: A Conversation with Samantha Irby

Family Action Network (FAN) event open to all. No registration is required.

The first 400 attendees will receive a free copy of Quietly Hostile, one per household. The event will be recorded but not live streamed. The video will be available on FAN’s website and YouTube channel

This event suitable for youth 16+.


Beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author of Wow, No Thank You, Samantha Irby has returned to the printed page with Quietly Hostile, a much-anticipated new collection of side-splitting essays, and not a moment too soon. Irby’s career has taken her to new heights. She dodges calls from Hollywood and flop sweats on the red carpet at premieres (well, one premiere). But nothing is ever as it seems online, where she can crop out all the ugly parts. Irby got a lot of weird emails about Carrie Bradshaw, and not only is there diarrhea to avoid, but now— anaphylactic shock. She is turned away from restaurants for being inappropriately dressed and looks for the best ways to cope, i.e., reveling in the offerings of QVC and adopting a deranged pandemic dog. Filled with such unabashed gems as advice for the bathroom etiquette you were dying to know but always too afraid to ask about and an exposé on how to speak with an actual teenager, Quietly Hostile makes light as Irby takes us on another outrageously funny tour of all the gory details that make up the true portrait of a life behind the screenshotted depression memes. Relatable, poignant, and uproarious, once again, Irby is the tonic we all need to get by.


Irby is an Evanston Township High School alum. Irby will be in conversation with Megan Stielstra, the author of three collections: Everyone Remain Calm, Once I Was Cool, and The Wrong Way to Save Your Life, the Nonfiction Book of the Year Award from the Chicago Review of Books. A longtime company member with 2ndStory, she has told stories for National Public Radio, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and regularly with the Paper Machete live news magazine at the Green Mill. She teaches creative nonfiction at Northwestern University and is an editor-at-large with Northwestern University Press. The event will be recorded but not live streamed. The video will be available on FAN’s website and YouTube channel. Sponsored by Family Action Network (FAN)

Event Details

  • Date: Friday May 19
  • Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Location: Evanston Township High School
  • 1200 Dodge Avenue, Evanston, IL
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