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Mary Louise Parker

Presented by Prairie Lights Bookstore


  The Englert Theatre

Event Description

Box Office Hours

Tuesday - Friday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
(319) 688-2653

Ticketing: $35 General Admission – includes copy of Dear Mr. You
Seating will begin at 6:15 p.m.
Event will begin at 7 p.m.
Purchase tickets at the Box Office or Online

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Piercing, tender, ingeniously conceived, and frequently hilarious, Dear Mr. You introduces a fearless new voice in American literature: Mary-Louise Parker, award-winning actress and star of Weeds, Angels in America, and Showtime’s forthcoming series Lit. With conspicuous pride, Scribner will publish Dear Mr. You on November 10, 2015.

Written as a series of letters to the men who have made significant impact on her life, Dear Mr. You is an elegant work of literary nonfiction, as unconventional in its form as in its telling. Parker writes to the priest who allayed her fears when she was a girl and did the same for her own children thirty years later; to a taxi driver she screamed at during a dark period; to her mentor, the late director of Longtime Companion; to the doctor who saved her life, and the orderly assigned to her after the birth of her son; to the grandfather she never knew, the uncle of the infant daughter she adopted, and the future man who will love that daughter; and in the closing, heart-breaking letter, to an oyster picker, the anonymous person who made it possible for her to grant one of her father’s dying wishes.

Readers will find themselves compelled, delighted, occasionally tearful, frequently guffawing, and reaching for the underlining pen as they read Parker’s gorgeous sentences and get to know the experiences that have made her who she is. More than anything, they will feel viscerally connected to her—her writing is instantly intimate, the kind that’s as universal as it is personal.

Parker will read from her memoir and hold a discussion with actor Tim Budd.

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