#BookBingoNW2021 Made You Laugh

Summer Book Bingo has officially launched, so let’s get reading! With so many great categories to work with, The Seattle Public Library staff would love to help you find your perfect match.

You are in no short supply of hilarious books for the Made You Laugh category. Safe bets include the various works of David Sedaris, the essays Sloane Crosley and even the scientific oddities Mary Roach explores, but here are some more newly released titles that may be of interest to you.

You’ll Never Believe What Happened To Lacey: Crazy Stories About Racism, written by siblings Amber Ruffin and Lacey Lamar, does something few books can: it makes you laugh and think while bringing up cringe-worthy events. The genius of these sisters is that they talk about their experiences with racism through their anecdotes and conversational writing, differentiated with fonts. If a book can be both hilarious and horrifying, then this is it. You may know Amber Ruffin from her work on Late Night with Seth Meyers.

Casey McQuiston’s hilarious romantic comedy One Last Stop picks right up where they left off in terms of pop-cultural references, crazy mix-ups, first loves and laugh-out-loud narration. We find August, a cynical twenty-three year old working at an all-night diner. August really isn’t impressed by much and she definitely isn’t a believer. Then she meets Jane on a subway and something is different; very different – like time-displaced different. What ensues will make you laugh and hopefully end up believing in the impossible. It is great follow up to their debut novel Red, White & Royal Blue.

For the audiophiles out there, finding a great narrator can be a challenge sometimes, but the Made You Laugh category gives you an opportunity to hear hilarious stories told in the author’s own voice. Ali Wong’s Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets, & Advice for Living Your Best Life is a perfect example of this. In a series of letters (chapters), Ali gives life advice to her daughters, candidly and honestly. If you are familiar with her stand up, this books is right up there, so beware the potty humor.

Wow, No Thank You by Samantha Irby was a finalist for the 2021 Audies award for Humor. (Not familiar with the Audies? They are pretty much the Oscars but for audiobooks.) Samantha’s newest collection of short stories includes stories that are often very self-deprecating and often relatable. She tells it like it is, whether it is about her slowly aging or about settling down, while using brutally honest humor to tell her hilarious stories. She does not hold back, which is the best thing about her.

Finally, be sure to check out Broken (in the Best Possible Way) by Jenny Lawson. While this book describes her struggle with depression and anxiety (something already known to her fans), Jenny takes us on a journey through her experiences with heartbreaking and often devastatingly funny anecdotes, like the time she was attacked by bears or the reason why she can no longer go to the Post Office. She is not afraid to laugh at herself, and we are helpless not to laugh along.

If you haven’t yet, you can download your Bingo card and find some of our curated lists and related articles at our Book Bingo page, and find our Spanish-language Bingo card and lists here! Still looking for ideas? Don’t forget you can ask for a personalized reading list from Your Next 5 Books! Book bingo is presented in partnership with Seattle Arts & Lectures.

Comedy in Comics Spotlight: Chip Zdarsky

Rose City Comic Con is coming up, the weekend of September 8-10, in Portland, OR. Comic book artist and writer Chip Zdarsky will attend as a guest. As he rarely travels south from the wilderlands of Canada (urban Toronto), this is a unique opportunity for fans to meet him in person.

Chip Zdarsky is the pseudonym and comics alter-ego of Canadian humorist Steven Murray. While working in comics since the start of the millennium, over the past four years Zdarsky has created or revitalized multiple comic book titles, working as an artist, but mostly as a writer. Continue reading “Comedy in Comics Spotlight: Chip Zdarsky”

Hidden Humor

A recent blog post by Shannon Hale about funny girls getting shushed got me thinking about women writers who are really stinkin’ funny, but not usually marketed or thought of as humor writers.

Find The Importance of Being Alice in the SPL catalogThen I looked on my nightstand and saw a Katie MacAlister book.  The Importance of Being Alice is labelled a romance, the cover art is all flowy white dress, and just based on these, you would never guess how many times the words inside made me ugly-snort-laugh.  Yes, it has the structure of a romance, yes, romances can be funny, but the absurd situations, delightfully odd supporting characters, witty banter, and slapstick moments are pure comedy.  This one is a contemporary romance, but she also writes paranormals (dragons! vampires!), historicals (earls!), and some romances that defy categorization (the pirate virtual reality game one! seriously!).   So, if you don’t mind some spicy sex scenes and people falling in love, try some Katie MacAlister, she just might be your next favorite funny woman.

What hidden humorists have you found cloaked in other genres?  Is there a gumshoe that induces giggles? Funny fantasy? Witty westerns? Sci-fi that makes you snicker?

The Science Fiction Checklist Challenge: Humorous SF

~posted by David H.

Science fiction as a literary genre is often viewed as one of the more serious, so it can be surprising to many people that it has such a rich history of comic stories. Many of the authors from science fiction’s “Golden Age” wrote humorous science fiction tales, including L. Sprague de Camp, Isaac Asimov, & Fredric Brown. Frederick Pohl and C.L Kornbuth’s satirical novel The Space Merchants is widely considered one of the best early science fiction novels and the genre includes many memorably funny characters like Harry Harrison’s Stainless Steel Rat and Henry Kuttner’s drunken inventor Gallegher.

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Theatre at the Library Presents – The Hunchback of Seville

Washington Ensemble Theater
Washington Ensemble Theater

By Katie H.
The Capitol Hill Library and the Washington Ensemble Theatre will host a preview performance of the world premier of The Hunchback of Seville by playwright Charise Castro Smith on Saturday, June 14th from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Capitol Hill meeting room. After the performance, the play’s designers and cast will discuss the process of staging the play with the audience.

Hunchback
is described as “a vividly naughty and hilariously bizarre tale set in Seville in the year 1504. Combining the madcap sense of humor of Monty Python and the poetic grandeur of Shakespeare, The Hunchback of Seville is a knee slapping, anti-colonialist romp examining how our future was sculpted long ago.”

The play is directed by Jen Wineman, who is based in New York, and is also a choreographer. So, if you’re in the mood for some fun, free, entertainment, come and join us at the Capitol Hill branch on June 14th!