Christine Lahti in conversation with Michael Phillips

Oscar, Emmy, and Golden Globe-winning actress and director Christine Lahti joins us at The Book Stall on Thursday, April 12th at 1 PM for a special afternoon in-conversation event with Michael Phillips, the film critic for the Chicago Tribune. They will be discussuing Ms, Lahti's new book, True Stories from an Unreliable Eyewitness: A Feminist Coming of Age. Kirkus Reviews says of this new work, "Lahti launches into the literary world with the same dynamism that has enlivened her acting roles. With brazen honesty, she recounts the many surprising, heartbreaking, and identity-building events that have punctuated her life. True Stories of an Unreliable Eyewitness oozes modesty, humor, and complete levelheadedness." This event is free and open to the public. You must purchase your copy of True Stories from an Unreliable Eyewitness in order to enter the book-signing queue.

In this poignant essay collection, Lahti focuses on three major periods of her life: her childhood, her early journey as an actress and activist, and the realities of her life as a middle-aged woman in Hollywood today. Lahti's comical and self-deprecating voice shines through in stories such as "Kidnapped" and "Shit Happens," and she takes a boldly honest look at the painful fissures in her family in pieces such as "Mama Mia" and "Running on Empty." Taken together, the collection illuminates watershed moments in Lahti's life, revealing her struggle to maintain integrity, fight her need for perfection, and remain true to her feminist inclinations.

Lahti's wisdom and candid insights are reminiscent of Nora Ephron's I Feel Bad About My Neck and Joan Rivers's I Hate Everyone--and yet her experiences are not exclusive to one generation. The soul of her writing can be seen as a spiritual mother to feminist actresses and comedic voices whose works are inspiring today's young women, including Amy Schumer, Lena Dunham, Amy Poehler, Caitlin Moran, and Jenny Lawson. Her stories reveal a stumbling journey toward agency and empowerment as a woman--a journey that's still very much a work in progress.

Christine Lahti is an acclaimed director and stage, television, and film actress with a career that spans over forty years. She won an Oscar for her short film, Lieberman in Love; an Oscar nomination for Swing Shift; a Golden Globe Award for No Place Like Home; an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Chicago Hope; and an Obie Award for Little Murders. On Broadway, she starred in God of Carnage and The Heidi Chronicles, among many others. Her films include Running on Empty and Housekeeping. Her television shows include Jack and BobbyLaw & Order SVU, and The Blacklist. She lives in New York City and Los Angeles.

Michael Phillips is the Chicago Tribune's film critic, covering everything from “Godzilla” to the latest in Turkish cinema. He has appeared on Turner Classic Movies, “CBS Saturday Morning,” “Charlie Rose” and the long-running nationally syndicated program “At the Movies.” He joined the Tribune in 2002 as theater critic. He appears regularly on the Chicago Public Radio show “Filmspotting,” and lives in Logan Square on Chicago's Northwest Side with his wife, Heidi Stevens, and their three children.

Event date: 

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:45pm

Event address: 

The Book Stall
811 Elm Street
Winnetka, IL 60093
True Stories from an Unreliable Eyewitness: A Feminist Coming of Age Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062663672
Availability: On Our Shelves to call before coming in to pick up.
Published: Harper Wave - April 3rd, 2018

A fiercely intelligent, hilarious, and deeply feminist collection of interrelated personal stories from Academy, Emmy, and Golden Globe Award–winning actress and director Christine Lahti.