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The Moth at Town Hall with Garrison Keillor on November 2nd

October 21, 2011
by The Moth, True Stories Told Live

The Moth is very excited to be making its debut at Town Hall in New York City on November 2nd!

The evening will be hosted by Garrison Keillor and will feature brand-new stories from beloved Moth storytellers. Storytellers include writer and Moth StorySLAM champion Elna Baker, comedian Mike Birbiglia, author Tina McElroy Ansa, and renowned tiger and jaguar expert Alan Rabinowitz. You can watch some of our favorite stories by the evening’s storytellers below.

The 2011 Moth Award, celebrating the art of the raconteur, will be presented to the family of Spalding Gray in recognition of his life and work. The presentation of the award will include a special story tribute to Gray by writer and Bored to Death creator Jonathan Ames.

$30 General Admission tickets are available online from www.ticketmaster.com or in person from The Town Hall box office.

$150 VIP tickets are available, including VIP seating, an exclusive after party from 10pm-12am, with complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres at The Lambs Club and an advanced copy of the book The Journals of Spalding Gray. Please call 646-205-2726 to purchase. ($90 of your $150 VIP ticket is tax deductible).

We hope you’ll join us!


Garrison Keillor

Garrison Keillor is the host of A Prairie Home Companion and 2007 recipient of The Moth Award.


Elna Baker

Elna Baker is a writer and comedic storyteller. She’s appeared on The Moth Radio Hour, This American Life, BBC Radio 4, All Things Considered, WTF with Marc Maron, Studio 360, The Sound of Young America, The Joy Behar Show and at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. She’s written for ELLE, Glamour, Men’s Journal, O Magazine, More Magazine, Five Dials Literary Journal and xoJane.com. As a solo performer she created the shows: If You See Something, Say Something, A Mexican-Mormon and A Book of Over-Dramatic Confessions. Her memoir The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance was published by Penguin, earning four stars in People Magazine and the 2010 AML award for best humor writing. She’s also the co-host and co-creator of The Talent Show, recently named best variety show by New York Magazine.


Tina McElroy Ansa

Tina McElroy Ansa is the author of five novels, runs a small press, directs writers retreats and produces movies with her filmmaker husband Jonee’ Ansa. But above all, she is a storyteller. Always has been. She calls herself “part of a long and honored writing tradition, one of those little Southern girls who always knew she wanted to be a writer.” Her works include fiction, op-ed page pieces, essays, book reviews and a stint writing and presenting “Postcards From Georgia” on CBS Sunday Morning. She has survived hurricanes blowing past St. Simons Island, her home off the coast of Georgia; 12 years of Catholic schools; three different publishing houses; 33 years of marriage and the vagaries of life in the 20th and 21st centuries. Tina is at work on her sixth novel and on expanding her reach. As importantly,  she almost always has collard greens and moonflowers growing in the Georgia soil outside her door. www.tinamcelroyansa.com


Jonathan Ames

Jonathan Ames is the author of I Pass like Night, The Extra Man, What’s Not to Love?, My Less than Secret Life, Wake Up, Sir!, I Love You More Than You Know, The Alcoholic and The Double Life is Twice As Good. Mr. Ames is also the creator and showrunner of the HBO comedy, Bored to Death, starring Jason Schwartzman, Ted Danson and Zach Galifianakis, which is in its third season. His novel, The Extra Man, was adapted and released as a film in 2010. The movie stars Kevin Kline, Paul Dano, Katie Holmes and John C. Reilly.