SpeakEasy began in 2013 by a group of authors and literary professionals to promote various ways of bringing writers and their audiences together. SpeakEasy’s flagship program, “Seriously Entertaining,” is a showcase of outstanding literary talent presented once a month. Set in a dinner-theater style, SpeakEasy features a range of writers from different genres including poetry and song that forms a vital part of the evening.
The House of SpeakEasy’s show, “Are You for Sale?”, was a Seriously Entertaining production at NYC’s City Winery. Along with writer Susan Cheever, author Jeff Kinney, journalist Michael Riedel, Oscar-winning screenwriter Paul Haggis, novelist Kate Mosse and composer Michael Friedman were featured in the show as well.
The season finale of the House of SpeakEasy was on June 23rd. The show, “Falling for Perfection,” included Barnard College President Debora Spar, novelist Emma Straub, the Daily Show’s Head Writer Elliott Kalan, prize-winning poet Jeffrey McDaniel, songwriter Christopher Mason, Cartoon Editor of the New Yorker Bob Mankoff and playwright Adam Rapp.
Bob Mankoff was recently interviewed by Rafael Pi Roman for MetroFocus. Click here to see the conversation about his new memoir How About Never? Is Never Good For You? My Life in Cartoons.