Mary-Louise Parker. Photo by Tina Turnbow.

Carnegie Library Lecture Hall
July 27
7 p.m.

If you’re anything like us, you loved her Golden Globe Award-winning role as Nancy Botwin in the hit television show Weeds, her stints in films like Fried Green Tomatoes, and her Broadway portrayal of Catherine in David Auburn’s Pulitzer Prize winning play, Proof.

Mary-Louise Parker. Photo by Tina Turnbow.
Mary-Louise Parker. Photo by Tina Turnbow.

Local fans of Mary-Louise Parker collectively rejoiced upon learning that the acclaimed actor will participate in a special first-of-its-kind conversation presented by Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures in conjunction with its “New & Noted” series.

Beyond the screen and stage, Parker has emerged as a gifted and savvy writer, contributing articles to Esquire magazine, and penning her debut book, Dear Mr. You, which was published in November 2015 via Simon & Schuster’s Scribner Books.

The event will feature a moderated conversation between Parker and Josh Raulerson—the local host of Morning Edition on 90.5 WESA—which will explore Dear Mr. You and Parker’s creative process writing the book. A Q&A and a book signing will follow the conversation.

A New York Times bestseller, Parker’s insightful and refreshing take on the literary memoir is made up of letters that she composed to the many men encountered throughout her life—both real and hypothetical—who have helped to shape and inform the person she has become.

Courtesy of Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures.
Courtesy of Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures.

Starting off with the grandfather she never knew, Parker’s compelling letters span a “missive to the beloved priest from her childhood, to remembrances of former lovers, to an homage to a firefighter, to a heartfelt communication with the uncle of the infant daughter she adopted.” Equal parts profound and humorous, Parker’s poignant writing explores her strong literary voice as well as the complexities inherent in all types of human relationships.

All ticket holders ($21) will receive a paperback copy of Dear Mr. You. Additional copies of Parker’s new book will be available for sale at the event from Pittsburgh-based bookseller Classic Lines.

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Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.