Liz Phair: Horror Stories (A Book Stall Event)

We're thrilled to welcome Liz Phair back to Winnetka!  She's the Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter behind the groundbreaking album Exile in Guyville, and she traces her life and career in a genre-bending new book, Horror Stories: A Memoir. We are expecting a large crowd for this event, and will start giving out signing line numbers at 11 AM that day. This is a Book Stall event, we do ask that you buy your copies of Horror Stories by Liz Phair from The Book Stall if you plan on entering the book-signing queue. You can speed up the process by calling us to either reserve a book or pre-pay for a copy: 847-446-8880.  Please note that due to the large crowd expected, Ms. Phair will speak only very briefly before we'll break for the book-signing. At this point there are no more seats available. 

When Liz Phair shook things up with her musical debut, Exile in Guyville--making her as much a cultural figure as a feminist pioneer and rock star--her raw candor, uncompromising authenticity, and deft storytelling inspired a legion of critics, songwriters, musicians, and fans alike. Now, like a Gen X Patti Smith, Liz Phair reflects on the path she has taken in these piercing essays that reveal the indelible memories that have stayed with her.

For Phair, horror is in the eye of the beholder--in the often unrecognized universal experiences of daily pain, guilt, and fear that make up our humanity. Illuminating despair with hope and consolation, tempering it all with her signature wit, Horror Stories is immersive, taking readers inside the most intimate junctures of Phair's life, from facing her own bad behavior and the repercussions of betraying her fundamental values, to watching her beloved grandmother inevitably fade, to undergoing the beauty of childbirth while being hit up for an autograph by the anesthesiologist.

Horror Stories is a literary accomplishment that reads like the confessions of a friend. It gathers up all of our isolated shames and draws them out into the light, uniting us in our shared imperfection, our uncertainty and our cowardice, smashing the stigma of not being in control. But most importantly, the uncompromising precision and candor of Horror Stories transforms these deeply personal experiences into tales about each and every one of us.

Liz Phair has been a recording artist and touring performer for over twenty-five years, paving the way for countless music artists, particularly women, who cite her among their major influences. She began her career in the early 1990s in Chicago by self-releasing audio cassettes under the name Girly-Sound. The intense viral response to these early tracks led to Phair signing with the independent record label Matador Records. More than two decades after the release of her debut, Phair's influence in contemporary music can be felt today more than ever. Liz Phair is also a visual artist who majored in studio art and art history at Oberlin College. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times and The AtlanticHorror Stories is her first book.

Event date: 

Sunday, October 13, 2019 - 4:00pm

Event address: 

The Book Stall
811 Elm Street
Horror Stories: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525511984
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: Random House - October 8th, 2019

The two-time Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter behind the groundbreaking album Exile in Guyville traces her life and career in a genre-bending memoir in stories about the pivotal moments that haunt her.

“Honest, original and absolutely remarkable.”—NPR (Best Books of the Year)