Carrie Brownstein Lines Up Questlove, Amy Poehler for Book Tour


Sleater-Kinney guitarist/Portlandia star Carrie Brownstein will release a memoir, Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl, on October 27th via Penguin. That same day, the versatile performer will kick off a book tour at Brooklyn bar Saint Vitus, joined in conversation by Roots drummer-producer Questlove. The 11-date jaunt, which runs until November 17th, will feature notable guests throughout – including Amy Poehler, Saturday Night Live cast member Aidy Bryant and writer Dave Eggers, Pitchfork reports.

Brownstein will appear October 28th at New York’s Barnes & Noble location at Union Square. The trek will continue through Philadelphia on the 29th (with Bryant), Chicago on the 30th (with Pitchfork editor Jessica Hopper, as part of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago’s “MCA Talk” series), Austin on November 1st, Los Angeles on the 3rd (with Poehler), San Francisco on November 4th (with Eggers), Portland on the 5th (with an unspecified “special guest”), Seattle on the 6th (with screenwriter Maria Semple), Montreal on the 16th and Toronto on the 17th. A full list of dates is available online.

Penguin describes Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl as an “intimate and revealing narrative of her escape from a turbulent family life into a world where music was the means toward self-invention, community, and rescue. Along the way, Brownstein chronicles the excitement and contradictions within the era’s flourishing and fiercely independent music subculture, including experiences that sowed the seeds for the observational satire of the popular television series Portlandia years later.”

“It pretty much ends with Sleater-Kinney going on hiatus, and a little bit of leading on from that,” Brownstein told NME of the memoir. “But it doesn’t even really go onto Portlandia.”

Brownstein is no stranger to literary conversations. In March, she interviewed former Sonic Youth co-founder Kim Gordon, in a sprawling, charmingly awkward talk to discuss Gordon’s memoir Girl in a Band: A Memoir.

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