May 18th 2023

We are so excited to celebrate the release of QUIETLY HOSTILE by Samantha Irby in partnership with WBEZ. For this event, Samantha Irby will be in conversation with Greta Johnsen.


This event will be held at Mundelein Auditorium. Tickets are required. 

Three years after the release of the NYTimes bestseller, Wow, No Thank You, bestselling author, celebrated comedian, and famed blogger Samantha Irby joins the WBEZ stage to present a new collection of essays in Quietly Hostile.

Join us on May 18th at the Mundelein Theater as Irby reveals all that is behind Hollywood’s mirage of glitz and glamor – from her experience in the writers’ room of the Sex and the City reboot to flop sweats on the red carpet. Joining Irby in conversation will be host of WBEZ’s Nerdette podcast, Greta Johnsen.

Samantha 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. 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.


Samantha Irby is a writer whose work you can find on the internet.

Greta Johnsen hosts and produces WBEZ’s Nerdette podcast, an interview show featuring people you either already love, or will be delighted to learn about. When she’s not leading book clubs or interviewing your favorite authors on stages throughout Chicago, she’s usually walking her dog, knitting, or baking something delicious.

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