Ada Calhoun
Appearances & Tours

Past Appearances

Tue, September 20, 2022
ALSO a POET at the MUSEUM OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK!
Thu, September 15, 2022
National Arts Club
New York, NY
ALSO a POET at the NATIONAL ARTS CLUB ON GRAMERCY PARK!
Sun, August 21, 2022
5:00 PM - 12:00 PM
Omega Institute
Rhinebeck, NY
FIVE-DAY MEMOIR WORKSHOP

A rare memoir workshop this August 2022 at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY! Explore tactics of memoir writing, develop your themes, and get a lot of writing done in this intensive with New York Times bestselling author Ada Calhoun.

Tue, July 26, 2022
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Books are Magic
Brooklyn, NY
ALSO a POET in BROOKLYN w/EMMA STRAUB at BOOKS ARE MAGIC!

In conversation with Emma Straub of the delightful new novel THIS TIME TOMORROW! Expect lots about fathers and daughters, fiction vs. nonfiction, and NYC of many eras! Reserve soon because the event is in-store and will be capped at 50 people.

Fri, July 22, 2022
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Canio's
Sag Harbor, NY
ALSO a POET at CANIO's in SAG HARBOR with MAUREEN CALLAHAN!
Sun, July 17, 2022
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
ALSO A POET - NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY EVENT

Please join us in person on Sunday, July 17 at 3pm, as Ada Calhoun reads and discusses her latest book: Also A Poet: Frank O'Hara, My Father, and Me. Publication date: June 14, 2022.

Sat, July 16, 2022
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
ALSO a POET in the CATSKILLS!
Wed, July 13, 2022
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
RAVEN BOOKSTORE
Lawrence, KS
ALSO a POET at RAVEN BOOKSTORE in LAWRENCE, KS
Tue, July 12, 2022
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
ALSO a POET at MAGIC CITY BOOKS in TULSA!

Magic City Books is proud to welcome Ada Calhoun for a free event to celebrate Also A Poet, her staggering memoir tracing her fraught relationship with her father and their shared obsession with a great poet.

Joining Ada in conversation will be Magic City Books co-founder Jeff Martin. They will be in conversation on Tuesday July 12 at 7:00 pm in the Algonquin Room at Magic City Books.

You can order a copy of Also A Poet by Ada Calhoun (to be published on June 14) at Magic City Books or online at: https://magiccitybooks.square.site/product/also-a-poet/773.

Mon, July 11, 2022
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
ALSO a POET at COMMONPLACE BOOKS in EDMOND, OK
Wed, June 29, 2022
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Warwick's
La Jolla, CA
ALSO a POET at WARWICK'S in SAN DIEGO!
Mon, June 27, 2022
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Skylight Books
Los Angeles, CA
ALSO a POET w/NICOLA TWILLEY at SKYLIGHT in LOS ANGELES!

A free, in-person event to discuss the staggering new memoir from New York Times-bestselling author Ada Calhoun tracing her fraught relationship with her father and their shared obsession with a great poet.

Sun, June 26, 2022
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Book Passage
Corte Madera, CA
ALSO a POET at BOOK PASSAGE in CORTE MADERA, CA!
Sat, June 25, 2022
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
ALSO a POET w/KRISTIN KEANE at BAY AREA BOOK FESTIVAL!

Alongside Bay Area Book Fest’s Women Lit, we’re proud to host a visit by Ada Calhoun, author of Also a Poet, Frank O’Hara, My Father, and Me, in conversation with Ruby member, Kristin Keane, author of Encyclopedia of Bending Time. The event is free but requires registration via this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/irl-in-conversation-with-ada-calhoun-author-of-also-a-poet-tickets-354419266567

The location of the event will be sent only to registrees.

In honor of Frank O’Hara and Pride Week, we will also be collecting donations on behalf of the Trevor Project, a national, 24-hour, toll free confidential suicide prevention service for LGBTQ youth. This will be an all-genders welcome event.

Thu, June 23, 2022
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Powell's
Portland, OR
ALSO a POET at POWELL's in PORTLAND!

Staff Pick

I picked this book up because, like Ada Calhoun, and her father, Peter Schjeldahl, I love Frank O'Hara's poems. As I hoped and expected it would, Also a Poet delivered wonderful anecdotes about O'Hara and his milieu that I hadn't previously heard. I was surprised and delighted to be just as invested in Calhoun's focus on her complex relationship with her father, writing, gender, and art. Also a Poet charmed and moved me. I'll be revisiting Frank O'Hara, and seeking out Calhoun's earlier books. Recommended By Adam P., Powells.com

Wed, June 22, 2022
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
ALSO a POET at ELLIOTT BAY BOOKSTORE in SEATTLE!
Tue, June 21, 2022
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
ALSO a POET w/JEFF DEUTSCH at SEMINARY CO-OP in CHICAGO!

Ada Calhoun will discuss Also a Poet: Frank O'Hara, My Father, and Me. She will be joined in conversation by Jeff Deutsch.

This event will be held in-person at the Seminary Co-op. Masks are required for attendees.

Sat, June 18, 2022
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
ALSO a POET w/KIRA WIZNER in MILLBROOK, NY!

We are thrilled to welcome Ada Calhoun, the author of St. Marks Is Dead, Wedding Toasts I’ll Never Give, and Why We Can’t Sleep. Ada has written for the New York Times, the New Republic, and the Washington Post and lives in NYC. Join us at the Farmer's Market under the tent for a conversation!

Thu, June 16, 2022
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Solid State Books
Washington, DC
ALSO A POET w/CARLENE BAUER at SOLID STATE in DC!

Join us in person to welcome Ada Calhoun discussing her new memoir Also a Poet! This is an in-store, in person event free and open for all to attend!

Wed, June 15, 2022
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Porter Square Books
Cambridge, MA
ALSO a POET w/ALYSIA ABBOTT at PORTER SQUARE BOOKS in Cambridge!

Porter Square Books is thrilled to welcome Ada Calhoun for Also a Poet: Frank O'Hara, My Father, and Me. “In this fluidly morphing, magnetically candid chronicle… Calhoun offers an arresting and provocative carousel of family dynamics, creative paradoxes, literary history, unnerving dilemmas, thorny questions of inheritance and legacy, wry humor, and love," praises Booklist in one of the four starred reviews Also a Poet has received from various publications. Alysia Abbott, local author and the head of GrubStreet's memoir incubator program, will join the author in conversation. This event will take place on Wednesday, June 15 at 7pm ET at Porter Square Books: Cambridge edition. Masks will be required for all in attendance. RSVPs, while not required, are strongly recommended!

Thu, May 5, 2022
9:30 AM - 10:15 AM
NONFICTION: POETRY IS A FORCE

Join us for a conversation about writing nonfiction about poetry! It’s FREE, and anyone can register, though the target audience is librarians and educators!

Panelists:

Ada Calhoun, Also a Poet: Frank O’Hara, My Father, and Me, Grove Press: Grove Atlantic

Ross Gay, Joy Is a Force, Algonquin Books: Workman Publishing: Hachette Book Group

Robert Pinsky, Jersey Breaks: Becoming an American Poet, W. W. Norton: W. W. Norton & Company

Moderator: Barbara Hoffert, Editor, Prepub Alert, LJ

Thu, April 21, 2022
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Also a Poet featured at SpringCon in San Antonio
THE QUICK PITCH: AUTHORS MEET BOOKSELLERS

Our author guests will rotate from table to table to give booksellers their best 4-minute pitches! Enjoy this fast-paced speed dating event, and discover a spectacular array of books and authors for your store.

Tue, April 19, 2022
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
In Conversation with Jeff Deutsch about IN PRAISE OF GOOD BOOKSTORES

Powell's Books Presents Jeff Deutsch in Conversation With Ada Calhoun
Do we need bookstores in the 21st century? If so, what makes a good one? In his beautifully written book, In Praise of Good Bookstores (Princeton), Jeff Deutsch — director of Chicago's Seminary Co-op Bookstores, one of the finest bookstores in the world — pays loving tribute to one of our most important and endangered civic institutions.

Thu, March 4, 2021
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Why We Can't Sleep at LOYALTY BOOKS [virtually] in Washington D.C.!
Tue, March 2, 2021
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Why We Can't Sleep at MAGERS & QUINN [virtually] in Minneapolis!
Tue, February 23, 2021
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Why We Can't Sleep at LEFT BANK BOOKS in St. Louis [virtually] with Susannah Cahalan!
Tue, February 9, 2021
10:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Why We Can't Sleep at BOOKSHOP SANTA CRUZ [virtually] with Liza Monroy!
Sun, February 7, 2021
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Denizen Theatre
New Paltz, NY
Why We Can't Sleep at DENIZEN THEATRE - 2pm - ON (very socially distanced) STAGE with Margi Conklin and 12pm - livestreaming!
Mon, February 1, 2021
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Why We Can't Sleep at FAMILY ACTION NETWORK in Chicago [virtually] with Dr. Deb Siegel-Acevedo!
Sun, January 31, 2021
12:00 AM - 11:45 PM
WHY WE CAN'T SLEEP PAPERBACK IS OUT IN JANUARY 2021!
Tue, January 19, 2021
4:00 PM - 5:15 PM
Westchester Community College's Virtual Afternoon Tea about Why We Can't Sleep and The Great Pretender
Wed, October 28, 2020
8:30 PM - 9:15 PM
RevelEleven presents Under Pressure: Women's New Midlife Crisis
Sun, October 4, 2020
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Moderating "Waking up from the American Dream": Eula Biss, Imani Perry, Stephanie Kelton
Thu, October 1, 2020
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
A Virtual Evening with Darcey Steinke in Conversation with Ada Calhoun
Mon, September 21, 2020
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The Sob Sisters Host Judith Matloff, Lydia Denworth, Emma Copley Eisenberg, Lindsay Powers
Tue, August 18, 2020
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Gen X Tuesday Night Slumber Party
Wed, July 29, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
"Deconstructing the Myths: Good Girls, Super Women, and Our Desire to Have it All"
Tue, July 14, 2020
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Lemuria Books of Jackson, MS, Sob Sisters Event!
Wed, March 11, 2020
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
KINGSTON, NY- Sob Sisters at Rough Draft!
Mon, March 9, 2020
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
LOS ANGELES, CA - WHY WE CAN'T SLEEP Conversation with Annabelle Gurwitch!
Fri, March 6, 2020
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
SAN ANTONIO, TX - AWP 2020 Grove Keynote with Sarah M. Broom!
Tue, February 11, 2020
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
CHICAGO, IL - WHY WE CAN'T SLEEP at Rodfei Zedek Synagogue!
Mon, February 10, 2020
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
BROOKLYN, NY - Sob Sisters Science Night at WORD Brooklyn!
Thu, February 6, 2020
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
ATLANTA, GA-WHY WE CAN'T SLEEP Talk at The Lola!
Wed, February 5, 2020
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
MIAMI, FL - Teaching a non-fiction publishing workshop for the Miami Book Fair! Limited to 15 participants!
Tue, February 4, 2020
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
MIAMI, FL - WHY WE CAN'T SLEEP at Books & Books for the Miami Book Fair with Lissette Mendez!
Sun, January 26, 2020
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
ASHEVILLE, NC - CRAFT author conversation series with Denise Kiernan about WHY WE CAN'T SLEEP!
Wed, January 22, 2020
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
BOSTON, MA - WHY WE CAN'T SLEEP event with Alysia Abbott and the Boston Book Festival at The Wing! *SOLD OUT*
Wed, January 15, 2020
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
RICHMOND, VA - WHY WE CAN'T SLEEP Talk and Reception with the Junior League of Richmond!
Tue, January 14, 2020
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C. - WHY WE CAN'T SLEEP reading and Gen X Party at SOLID STATE!
Thu, January 9, 2020
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
NYC - WHY WE CAN'T SLEEP LAUNCH! With fellow Sob Sisters Susannah Cahalan and Karen Abbott, and wine.
Sun, October 27, 2019
NYPL (MAP)
Members' Evening with Maureen Callahan at the NYPL
Sat, October 19, 2019
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Boston Book Festival - Panel discussion with Candace Bushnell, moderated by Robin Young of WBUR
Fri, October 4, 2019
Appearing at the Heartland, PNBA, and MPIBA Shows
Fri, August 23, 2019
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Hosting the Launch of Karen Abbott's The Ghosts of Eden Park
Wed, July 31, 2019
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Hosting Sob Sisters True Crime Night at WORD
Fri, November 23, 2018
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Books Are Magic
Brooklyn, NY
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SOB SISTERS hosting Susan Orlean at BOOKS ARE MAGIC!
Sat, November 17, 2018
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
WEDDING TOASTS I'LL NEVER GIVE READING at the MIAMI BOOK FAIR
Wed, November 14, 2018
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Bar Nancy
Miami, FL
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SOB SISTERS BAR NIGHT for the MIAMI BOOK FAIR. Co-hosting a reading of and about women reporters, in Little Havana! DJ to follow.
Sun, July 1, 2018
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Book Soup
West Hollywood, CA
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - Wedding Toasts I'll Never Give - West Coast Paperback Book Launch! With Carlene Bauer (Frances and Bernard). Free Champagne and Snacks!
Thu, June 28, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Howl! Gallery
New York, NY
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NEW YORK, NY - St. Marks Is Dead - W.O.(e).R.D Woman of Experience Read Downtown. Hosted by Heather Litteer
Tue, June 5, 2018
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
BROOKLYN, NY - Wedding Toasts I'll Never Give - Paperback Book Launch! With Susannah Cahalan (Brain on Fire) and Neal Medlyn. Free Champagne and Snacks!
Wed, May 23, 2018
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
PORTLAND, ME - Wedding Toasts I'll Never Give Reading, in conversation with Mira Ptacin.
Wed, May 9, 2018
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
MIAMI, FL - Miami Writers Institute - Memoir Workshop: From Brainstorming to Final Edits. Also doing a Craft Talk 5/10 at 3pm and a Reading 5/11 at 1:30pm.
Tue, May 1, 2018
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Beverly Hills Hilton
Beverly Hills, CA
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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - Solving for Gen-X: High Achievers and the New Midlife Crisis - Milken Institute Conference - Conference Attendees Only
Wed, December 13, 2017
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Our Wicked Lady
Brooklyn, NY
Reading at the Mixer Reading Series in Bushwick
Sun, November 19, 2017
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Miami Book Fair - Essay and Memoir Panel w/ Dani Shapiro
Sun, November 5, 2017
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
CHICAGO - Wedding Toasts Reading at 57th Street Books
Sat, November 4, 2017
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
WISCONSIN BOOK FESTIVAL: Reading at A Room of One's Own
Sat, October 14, 2017
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
FALL FOR THE BOOK FESTIVAL: In the Mood for Love - Panel with Lindsay Detwiler and Katy Upperman about the art of writing about L-O-V-E across genres.