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4 Star Starred
Track 16 Gallery
2525 Michigan Ave., Building C1 Santa Monica, CA 90404
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Uncomforable seats. You might sneak in a small cushion.
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7 reviews
1 stars
attended May 14 2010

Dave Barry isn't just the world's funniest man in print -- he's also amazingly funny in person. Best money spent this year, and Goldstar made it even better by offering a sweet deal for the VIP reception. Love it!

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5 reviews
11 stars
attended May 14 2010

Really interesting venue--the gallery included a large aluminum old-time diner on one side, and the neon sign from the Brown Derby on the other. Plenty of free parking, which was terrific. Dave Barry is always hilarious--the interviewer was a...continued

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1 review
2 stars
attended May 14 2010

Barry was on his game - totally satiric and raw. I loved his honesty and his improvisation. And Smiley smiled and made some great one-liners herself.

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Some people may wonder what this subject has to do with Dave Barry, since Dave’s struggled hard against growing up his entire life-but the result is one of the funniest, warmest, most pitch-perfect books ever on that mystifying territory we call “adulthood”. In hilarious, brand-new pieces, Dave tackles everything from fatherhood, new fatherhood (“Over the next five years, you will spend roughly 45 minutes, total, listening to songs you like, and roughly 127,000 hours to songs exploring topics such as how the horn on the bus goes* [*It goes: ‘Beep! Beep! Beep!’]”), self-image, the battle of the sexes, celebrityhood, technology, parenting styles, certain unmentionable medical procedures (“There is absolutely no reason to be afraid of a vasectomy, except that: THEY CUT A HOLE IN YOUR SCROTUM.”), and much more. It is a book of pure delight from the man one newspaper claimed “could become the most important American humorist since Mark Twain.” (South Florida Sun-Sentinel)

Jane Smiley’s new novel is A Private Life. She is author of numerous novels including A Thousand Acres which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1992, several works of nonfiction as well as many essays for such magazines as Vogue, The New Yorker, Practical Horseman, Harper’s, the New York Times Magazine, Allure, The Nation and others. She has written on politics, farming, horse training, child-rearing, literature, impulse buying, getting dressed, Barbie, marriage, and many other topics.

Net proceeds from this event will support the wonderful work of, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.