Acclaimed actress and poet Amber Tamblyn will be making an appearance at Book Beat (26010 Greenfield Rd., Oak Park, MI) on Sunday, February 14th from 3:00-4:30pm to promote the release of her latest book of poetry, Dark Sparkler. Amber is in the midst of a cross-country tour with her husband, comedian David Cross, who is performing at the Royal Oak Music Theater on Sunday evening. This event is free and open to the public. For more information or to reserve copies of the book, please call Book Beat (248) 968-1190.
“Amber Tamblyn’s Dark Sparkler is an elegy, a eulogy, a rhapsody, a rage. In these astonishing poems inspired by dead actresses, Tamblyn fiercely examines the spectacle of the actress as she lives and dies and how our hands and hearts linger on their lives.”—Roxane Gay, author of New York Times bestseller Bad Feminist
A unique, poetic, and harrowing exploration of life, death, celebrity, and immortality, from actress and acclaimed poet Amber Tamblyn, Dark Sparkler is “a smartly crafted collection, proving that she is a savvy and fierce woman and poet who knows that behind every spotlight is shadow.” (Booklist)
A lifelong performer from a Hollywood family, actress Amber Tamblyn (Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Two and a Half Men) is also an established poet who has studied with Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Jack Hirschman, and others. As a working actress, she is also deeply fascinated—and intimately familiar—with the costs of fame and the demands placed on young women in movies and on television. An initially casual interest in the lives and disappointments of actresses before her time—tragic stories of suicide, murder, obscurity, and other forms of death—inspired this insightful and emotionally charged collection of poetic portraits of the lives and troubling ends of more than thirty actresses famous and obscure. Featuring subjects like Brittany Murphy, Marilyn Monroe, and Jane Mansfield—and paired with original artwork, commissioned for this book, by luminaries including David Lynch, Adrian Tomine, Marilyn Manson, and Marcel Dzama—DARK SPARKLER is a surprising and thought-provoking collection from a searching and multi-talented young artist.
“A memorial and a magical act. . . . Amber Tamblyn is not playing with metaphor or some flight of fancy. She is gifting us with the tragedy, the power, and most of all the truth of these women’s lives.”—from the Foreword by Diane di Prima
“With a drummer’s approach to wording and a coroner’s attention to bodily detail, Amber Tamblyn’s tragicomic dead girl poems are a thoughtful, ghoulish kick.”—Sarah Vowell
Amber Tamblyn recently wrapped up a successful stint on the hit CBS-TV series Two and a Half Men, and has been nominated for the Emmy, Golden Globe, and Independent Spirit awards. She has published two previous books, Free Stallion (2005), which won the Borders Book Choice Award for Breakout Writing, and Bang Ditto (2009), an IndieNext bestseller. A contributor to the Poetry Foundation and Bust, Tamblyn’s work has appeared in Interview, Cosmopolitan, the San Francisco Chronicle, Poets & Writers, Pank, and elsewhere. She lives in New York with her husband, comedian David Cross.