Voted "Best Reading Series" in New York by New York magazine, The Village Voice and NY Press, The Happy Ending Series features the most interesting storytellers, writers, musicians, raconteurs, and personalities who take the stage to perform daring feats of public risk while musicians attempt a group sing-a-long with favorite cover tunes. You'll leave wondering if it's more fun to be on stage or in the audience. Hosted and curated by Amanda Stern.
This latest edition includes authors Samantha Hunt (Mr. Splitfoot), Colson Whitehead (Zone One), and Amanda Filipacchi (The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty).
Musical guest Suzanne Vega, along with guest artist Marcellus Hall.
Past performers have included Lena Dunham, John Cameron Mitchell, Zadie Smith, Vampire Weekend, Jennifer Egan, Moby, and more.
AMANDA FILIPACCHI is the author of four novels: Nude Men, Vapor, Love Creeps, and The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty. Her fiction has been translated into fourteen languages and been anthologized in The Best American Humor. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic.
MARCELLUS HALL is a New York based illustrator and musician. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, among others. Hall has also illustrated nine children’s books to date, including the self-penned Everyone Sleeps.
SAMANTHA HUNT is the author of three novels. Mr. Splitfoot is an Indie Next Pick for January 2016; The Invention of Everything Else, Hunt’s novel about Nikola Tesla, was a finalist for the Orange Prize and winner of the Bard Fiction Prize; and The Seas, won the National Book Foundation’s Five under Thirty-five prize.
AMANDA STERN is the author of 12 novels: The Long Haul and eleven books for children under pseudonyms. She founded the Happy Ending Series in 2003. She curates, produces and hosts every event. She lives in Brooklyn (obviously) and is at work on her first book of non-fiction.
SUZANNE VEGA was the first major figure in the bumper crop of female singer/songwriters who rose to prominence during the late '80s and '90s. Her numerous recording include her debut simply titled, Suzanne Vega and the more recent Tales from the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles, released in 2014.
COLSON WHITEHEAD is the New York Times bestselling author of six novels and two books of non-fiction, including Sag Harbor, Zone One, and The Colossus of New York. His latest novel, The Underground Railroad, will be published next fall. A Pulitzer Prize finalist, and a recipient of Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellowships, he lives in New York City.