Sunday, June 8, 2 p.m.

Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door; benefits the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers and The Mount.  Click here to register.  

Alison Larkin, comedienne and bestselling author of the autobiographical novel The English American, will talk about how she’s used humor to turn challenging parts of her life into art – and how you can too!

Alison Larkin

Alison Larkin

Alison Larkin was born in Washington DC, adopted at six weeks old by British parents and raised in England and Africa. After graduating from Royal Holloway College, London University and The Webber-Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, she became a playwright and classical actress on the British stage. Then, at 28, she found her birth mother, who was living in Bald Mountain, Tennessee. The experience turned her into a stand-up comic. She was soon headlining at the Comic Strip in New York and the Comedy Store in LA, while maintaining her theatrical career. She appeared Off-Broadway at the Manhattan Theater club and on Broadway in Stanley with the Royal National Theatre. Her internationally acclaimed autobiographical one-woman show, from which her novel The English American springs, previewed at the Manchester Royal Exchange, premiered at the Edinburgh Festival’s Assembly Rooms and headlined in at the Soho Theatre as a highlight of the London Comedy Festival. The show has been seen in concert performances around the world and has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for charitable organizations. A Vogue ‘most powerful book of the season’ and Redbook magazine’s Book Club Pick of the Month, “The English American, a novel”, the audio book of The English American, narrated by Alison, won an Audiofile Earphones award and is number two on Audible.com’s top ten author-narrated audio books of all time.