Voted "Best Reading Series" in New York by New York magazine, The Village Voice and NY Press, The Happy Ending Series features the most interesting storytellers, writers, musicians, raconteurs, and personalities who take the stage to perform daring feats of public risk while musicians attempt a group sing-a-long with favorite cover tunes. You'll leave wondering if it's more fun to be on stage or in the audience. Hosted and curated by Amanda Stern.
This latest edition includes authors Charles Bock (Beautiful Children), Amber Tamblyn (Dark Sparkler), and Belinda McKeon (The Paris Review).
Musical guest Ani DiFranco
Artist Kate Neckel
Special guests, Lady Parts Justice and Prinkshop
Past performers have included Lena Dunham, John Cameron Mitchell, Zadie Smith, Vampire Weekend, Jennifer Egan, Moby, and more.
CHARLES BOCK is the author of the novels Alice & Oliver and Beautiful Children, which was a New York Times bestseller and Notable Book, and which won the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Harper's, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and Slate, as well as in numerous anthologies. He has received fellowships from the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Yaddo, UCross, and the Vermont Studio Center. Charles is a graduate of the Bennington Writing Seminars. He lives with his wife, Leslie Jamison, and his daughter in New York City.
ANI DiFRANCO is a Grammy-nominated artist who has released more than 20 albums of eclectic folk music, all of which incorporate her reflections on society and social issues. Matching the current political climate in the United States, DiFranco is using her current VOTE DAMMIT tour and her music to encourage fans to have their voices be heard not in just the presidential elections, but the congressional elections as well. Her latest release was 2014's Allergic To Water, where she also blended abstract imagery and deceptively understated melodies with personal reflections on her life in New Orleans, where she is now raising her two children with her husband, producer Mike Napolitano. Allergic To Water is on her Righteous Babe record label, which she launched in the 90's to release music on her own terms selling over 5 million copies of her catalog to date while releasing music on her own terms.
BELINDA MCKEON is the author of two novels, Tender and Solace, which won the Faber Prize and was named Irish Book of the Year. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Granta, the Paris Review, the New York Times, and elsewhere. She is also a playwright. She lives in Brooklyn and teaches at Rutgers University.
KATE NECKEL is an artist and designer whose clients have included Café Grumpy, InStyle, Vanity Fair, Vogue and Wildair Resturant. Kate has a line of bedding and home goods with Italian brand Bassetti and was a featured artist in Cole Haan’s “Makers” campaign. She has created murals for Hudson Studios, Chelsea Day School and Ace Hotel NYC. Her first book, Start Now! The Creativity Journal, was published by Chronicle Books in 2015. She lives and works in Manhattan with her husband and two kids.
AMANDA STERN is the author of 12 novels: The Long Haul and eleven books for children under pseudonyms. She founded the Happy Ending Series in 2003. She curates, produces and hosts every event. She lives in Brooklyn (obviously) and is at work on her first book of non-fiction.
AMBER TAMBLYN is a best-selling author, actress and director who has been nominated for an Emmy, Golden Globe and Independent Spirit Award for her work in television and film. She has three collections of poetry and prose, most recently "Dark Sparkler" (Harper Perennial) which explores the lives and deaths of child star actresses, with accompanying artwork by such luminaries as Marilyn Manson and David Lynch, amongst others. She reviews books of poetry written by women for Bust Magazine and is a contributing writer for The Poetry Foundation and visiting Woodrow Wilson Fellow. She lives in Brooklyn.
Hosted and curated by Amanda Stern.
Past performers have included Lena Dunham, John Cameron Mitchell, Zadie Smith, Vampire Weekend, Jennifer Egan, Colson Whitehead, Moby, and more.