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Book Festival

Book Festival: A Better Man: A (Mostly Serious) Letter to My Son

Date: November 12, 2020Time: 7:30 pm

A Better Man: A (Mostly Serious) Letter to My Son
Thursday, November 12, 2020 • 7:30PM
Moderated by Cleveland natives, David Wain and Craig Wedren

In this thoughtful, inspiring, and deeply personal book, comedian, actor, and father Michael Ian Black gets (mostly) serious about the trouble with masculinity. In the form of a heartfelt letter to his college-bound son—but with ideas sure to resonate for many parents—he reveals his own complicated relationship with his father, explores the damage caused by the expectations placed on boys to "man up," and searches for the best way to help his son be part of the solution, not the problem, in a world in which the word "masculinity" now goes hand in hand with "toxic." Part memoir, part advice book, Black delivers a poignant answer to an urgent question: How can we be, and raise, better men? A Better Man is for parents, yes, but it is also for anyone looking for a path forward as we navigate the complex gender issues of our time.

Michael Ian Black

Michael Ian Black is an actor, comedian, and writer who started his career on MTV's "The State" and has since created and starred in many TV shows and appeared in iconic movies, such as Wet Hot American Summer and The Baxter. Black is the author of several award-winning books for children and adults. As a stand-up comedian, he regularly tours the country, and has released comedy albums and podcasts including Mike & Tom Eat Snacks with Tom Cavanagh, and Topics with Michael Showalter. He lives in Connecticut with his wife and two children.

David Wain is the director and co-writer of six feature films, including Wet Hot American SummerRole ModelsWanderlust and They Came Together and most recently A Futile and Stupid Gesture
On television, Wain co-created, directed and co-starred in The StateChildren’s HospitalStella and two Wet Hot American Summer mini-series for Netflix. His most recent show is the Netflix action comedy series Medical Police.
He's acted in dozens of movies & TV shows including Broad City, Another Period, Drunk History, Portlandia, Bob's Burgers and his own web series Wainy Days
Lots more at davidwain.com.
Craig Wedren is a composer, songwriter and singer who got his start fronting avant-punk pioneers Shudder To Think, before expanding into composing scores for film and T.V.
As a composer, Wedren has written and performed original music for feature films including Wanderlust, Role Models, Velvet Goldmine, High Art, The School of Rock, Wet Hot American Summer, Laurel Canyon, Afternoon Delight, How To Be A Latin Lover, and A Futile, Stupid Gesture; and created music for television shows including New Amsterdam, Shrill, GLOW, Fresh Off The Boat, Reno 911!, and The State. 
Craig has released three solo albums -Lapland, Wand, and Adult Desire- along with a series of groundbreaking 360° VR music videos.
Last year he published  My ‘90s, a book of photos from his touring days, and recently launched Sabbath Sessions with Craig Wedren, a podcast featuring performances of his vocal meditation music.
Visit craigwedren.com for more.