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At Home with Literati: John Waters

We're delighted to welcome John Waters to our At Home with Literati series of Virtual events in support of Mr. Know-It-All.

Each ticket includes a link to access the virtual event and a paperback copy of Mr. Know-It-All. You can select ship-to-home or curbside pickup for your copy. Note: shipping and curbside processing timelines in the ticket descriptions are best estimates. Please read the order form carefully.

About Mr. Know-It-AllNo 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 Flamingos, Polyester, Hairspray, Cry-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, from Divine and Mink Stole to Kathleen Turner, Patricia Hearst, and Tracey Ullman, and illustrated with unseen photos from the author's personal collection, Mr. Know-It-All is Waters’ most hypnotically readable, upsetting, revelatory book—another instant Waters classic.

John Waters is an American filmmaker, actor, writer, and visual artist best known for his cult films, including Hairspray, Pink Flamingos, and Cecil B. DeMented. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

Sam Krowchenko is the host of Literati Bookstore's podcast Shelf Talking. His work has appeared in Salon, Full Stop, and The Michigan Quarterly Review. He received an MFA in Fiction from the Helen Zell Writers' Program at the University of Michigan.

Event date: 
Friday, August 7, 2020 - 7:00pm
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Live on Zoom
Role Models Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780374532864
Availability: In Stock at Publisher - Usually Available in 1-5 Days
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - April 26th, 2011

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$16.00
ISBN: 9780374535452
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - May 12th, 2015