Let’s Discuss LIVE brings together today’s most popular voices for an afternoon of dynamic conversation about what’s new and next in the world of books. Experience interesting author pairings, exclusive early access to the fall’s hottest books, and a chance to connect with other readers through an afternoon of entertaining and inspiring programming.
Featured authors include Reese Witherspoon, Mamrie Hart, DeRay Mckesson, Mark Manson, Matt Bellassai, Jenny Han and Jessica Knoll.
Let’s Discuss LIVE will take place at the lively William Vale in Williamsburg, where guests can enjoy cocktails and panoramic views of New York City on the rooftop lounge after a fun-filled day.
This special experience includes:
A full afternoon of Let’s Discuss LIVE programming featuring big names, bestselling authors, and timely conversation
A behind-the-scenes look at the entertainment business
Exclusive early access to fall’s biggest books
Refreshments throughout the day
Canvas tote bag filled with books and goodies, including a copy of Reese Witherspoon’s first book, Whiskey in a Teacup, before it goes on sale to the public
Post-event cocktail reception at The Turf Club, William Vale’s new rooftop lounge with panoramic views of New York City
The William Vale
111 N 12th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11249
Upon arrival, guests will enjoy refreshments before being seated for the program. Seating is general admission and is first come, first served.
Welcome to the inaugural Let's Discuss LIVE!
Literary tastemakers share the books they can’t put down and their tips for hosting the best book club. Panelists include Abbe Wright (Senior Editor, Penguin Random House), Tara Parsons (Editor-in-Chief, Touchstone), Rakesh Satyal (Senior Editor, Atria Books), and Sara Sargent (Executive Editor, HarperCollins Children’s Books).
Jenny Han’s bestselling young adult series is Netflix’s latest foray into the world of rom-coms, following the success of Set It Up and The Kissing Booth. Jenny will be joined by Jessica Knoll – bestselling author of Luckiest Girl Alive and The Favorite Sister – to reveal how books make it onto the big screen and share all of the behind-the-scenes intel on the making of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before.
Mark Manson’s runaway #1 New York Times bestseller The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is all about self-improvement, but it’s a radical departure from anything else you’ve ever read. Mark will share the counterintuitive advice that has helped millions, and preview what he’s working on next. Mark will be in conversation with Matt Bellassai, a writer, stand-up comedian, and winner of the 2016 People's Choice Award for Favorite Social Media Star.
Shop the pop-up bookstore and enjoy refreshments during this break.
DeRay Mckesson – the internationally recognized civil rights leader and host of the podcast Pod Save the People – discusses the responsibility we all have for imagining, and then building, the world we want to live in. He will be joined by Brittany Packnett, cited by President Barack Obama as a leader whose "voice is going to be making a difference for years to come." Their conversation will examine the core themes of DeRay’s upcoming first book, On the Other Side of Freedom, a meditation on resistance, justice, and freedom, and an intimate portrait of the Black Lives Matter movement from the front lines.
With her debut book, Whiskey in a Teacup, Reese Witherspoon invites you into her world, where she infuses the southern style, parties, and traditions she loves with contemporary flair and charm. The Academy Award-winning actress, producer, and entrepreneur will share personal stories about what growing up in the South taught her about life, love, and work, and fans will learn how she entertains, decorates her home, and makes holidays special for her family. Reese will be joined by bestselling author and comedian (and fellow Southerner) Mamrie Hart for the conversation. Every guest will receive a copy of Whiskey in a Teacup, before it’s on sale to the public.
Final thoughts on the day prior to the rooftop reception.
Guests head to The Turf Club, William Vale’s new rooftop lounge with panoramic views of New York City, for cocktails and snacks.
Reese Witherspoon, award-winning actress and producer, has created the kinds of unforgettable characters that connect with critics and audiences alike. She won an Academy Award for her portrayal of June Carter Cash in Walk The Line and was later nominated in that same category for Wild in 2014, which she also produced. Other film credits include Sweet Home Alabama, Legally Blonde, and Election. She has executive produced and starred in two seasons of HBO's critically-acclaimed Big Little Lies, with the first season winning eight Emmy Awards, four Golden Globes, four Critics’ Choice Awards and two SAG Awards.
Mamrie Hart is an actress, comedian, and New York Times bestselling author who established a standout presence in the pop-culture zeitgeist with her hit YouTube channel, You Deserve a Drink. Reaching more than three million followers across her social media channels, and with more than 84 million views on YouTube, Mamrie’s influence as a creator earned her a coveted position on Variety’s annual list of Hollywood’s New Leaders 2016 and a spot on The Hollywood Reporter’s 2017 Digital Disrupters list.
DeRay Mckesson is a civil rights activist, community organizer, and the host of Crooked Media's podcast, Pod Save the People. A leading voice in the Black Lives Matter movement and the co-founder of Campaign Zero, he started his career as an educator and came to prominence for his role in documenting the Ferguson protests. He was named #11 on Fortune's World's Greatest Leaders list and Harvard's Black Man of the Year in 2016, among his many other accolades. His first book, On the Other Side of Freedom, will be published on September 4.
Brittany N. Packnett is an unapologetic educator, activist, writer, and national leader in social justice. Known as @MsPackyetti on social media, Brittany is Vice President of National Community Alliances for Teach For America, where she leads a team engaging in partnerships with communities and children of color.
Mark Manson is a blogger, author, and entrepreneur with an audience of more than two million readers. He is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, with over three million sales in the U.S. alone.
Matt Bellassai is a writer, stand-up comedian, and winner of the 2016 People’s Choice Award for Favorite Social Media Star. After the success of his BuzzFeed web series, “Whine About It,” Matt embarked on a solo stand-up career, performing to sold-out audiences around the United States. He is the host and producer of his new solo web series “To Be Honest,” anchor of the podcast “Unhappy Hour,” as well as the author of Everything in Awful: And Other Observations.
Jenny Han is the New York Times bestselling author of The Summer I Turned Pretty series, Shug, the Burn for Burn trilogy, cowritten with Siobhan Vivian, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, and P.S. I Still Love You. She is also the author of the chapter book Clara Lee and The Apple Pie Dream. Netflix has adapted, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, and is set for release on August 17. A former children’s bookseller, Jenny earned her MFA in creative writing at the New School.
Jessica Knoll is the New York Times bestselling author of The Favorite Sister and Luckiest Girl Alive. Luckiest Girl Alive has been optioned for film by Lionsgate with Reese Witherspoon set to produce. Previously, Jess was a senior editor at Cosmopolitan and the articles editor at Self.
Valet parking is available and is $30 for the duration of the event, or $6 an hour.
The William Vale is a non-smoking venue.
Taxis and ride-sharing services are widely available in the area. The closest subway station is: L Train at Bedford Avenue.
In September, the average high temperature in New York, NY is 76°F and the average low is 61°F.
Photography is permitted for personal use, however videos will not be permitted.
Seating for the discussion will be filled on a first come, first served basis.