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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Sunday, April 24
Caffeinated Confessions
of Mormon Comics

Throckmorton Theatre
142 Throckmorton Ave.
Mill Valley, CA 94941
throckmortontheatre.org

Bill is rather stunned (and terrified) to be invited to appear with actual professional comedians (including Bengt Washburn and Spence Roper) in "Caffeinated Confessions of Mormon Comics" at the Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley, CA. Stay tuned for further details, including ticket information.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Saturday, March 5, 5:30 pm
Line Break Reading Series
Q.E.D.
27-16 23rd Ave.
Astoria, NY 11105
www.qedastoria.com

On March 5, Bill hosts the inaugural edition of Line Break, a new quarterly literary reading series in Queens. The confirmed lineup includes Malcolm Chang, Sarah Riccio, Carey Malloy, and Bill himself performing material from his memoir, The Accidental Terrorist. The reading takes place at Q.E.D.: A Place to Show & Tell in Astoria, Queens, near the Ditmars stop on the N/Q line. Admission is $5.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Bill appears on Episode 92 of the "Friendly Atheist Podcast" to discuss his new memoir, The Accidental Terrorist, with Hemant Mehta and Jessica Bluemke.

UPDATE: Listen to the full episode below:

Friday, January 29, 2016

Friday, January 29, 7:00 pm
Rebel Pilgrimages:
William Shunn & Nancy Hightower

Bluestockings Bookstore
172 Allen St.
New York, NY 10002
www.bluestockings.com

Two speculative fiction writers join forces at Bluestockings Bookstore for a very different kind of reading event. "Rebel Pilgrimages" will feature stories and poetry about the price of faith—and the cost of shedding it.

William Shunn will read from his new memoir, The Accidental Terrorist, which describes his harrowing and at times hilarious escape from Mormonism, a journey that led from the oil fields of Alberta through a Canadian jail and ultimately to freedom from authority.

Nancy Hightower will read from her poetry collection, The Acolyte, which rewrites biblical narratives from a haunted, feminist perspective, effectively wrenching them out of politicized right wing rhetoric. Think Anne Lamott meets Stephen King.

The reading begins at 7:00 pm. Visit www.bluestockings.com for directions and more details.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Friday, January 15

In his new memoir, The Accidental Terrorist, Hugo and Nebula Award-nominated science fiction writer William Shunn tackles his strangest project yet—the true story of his arrest and conviction for hijacking as a young Mormon missionary. In addition to reading excerpts, in his Talks at Google appearance he'll discuss the ways in which changing technologies shaped the long process of writing and publishing this book.

Update: Watch video of Bill's talk below:

Monday, November 30, 2015

Monday, November 30

Bill appears on Episode 328 of "The Stuff File Program" to discuss his new memoir, The Accidental Terrorist, with Canadian broadcaster Peter Anthony Holder.

UPDATE: Listen to the full episode, or to Bill's segment below:

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Sunday, November 15
9:00 am CST

Bill appears on "Atheists Talk" on Minnesota's AM 950 KTNF to discuss his new memoir, The Accidental Terrorist, with host Dave Pacheco. Listen live starting at 9:00 am Central.

UPDATE: Listen to the full interview on the "Atheists Talk" podcast:

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Saturday, November 14

Bill appears on Episode 176 of WIRED.com's "Geek's Guide to the Galaxy" podcast to discuss his new memoir, The Accidental Terrorist, with host David Barr Kirtley.

UPDATE: Listen to the full interview on WIRED.com's "Geek's Guide to the Galaxy" podcast:

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Tuesday, November 5, 7-9 pm MST

Bill will be the guest of a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) in the r/mormon subreddit, where he'll field questions about his forthcoming memoir The Accidental Terrorist and more.

Please note that the posted time, 7:00 to 9:00 pm, is for the Mountain time zone, to accommodate that region's strong interest in the subject matter. But you can, of course, participate from anywhere!

UPDATE: Read the full content of the AMA here.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Tuesday, November 3, 7:30 pm
Tuesday Funk Reading Series
Hopleaf Bar
5148 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640
www.hopleaf.com

Bill will read from his forthcoming memoir, The Accidental Terrorist, as part of the November edition of Tuesday Funk at Hopleaf in Chicago. (He is a former co-host and co-producer of the series.) Stay tuned for news of the rest of the evening's lineup.

Update: Watch video of Bill's reading below:

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Sunday, October 11, 2015

Sunday, October 11, 7:00 pm
The Sunday Sessions at HiFi
The HiFi Bar
169 Avenue A
New York, NY 10009
www.thehifibar.com

With musical backing by Daniel Geoghegan on drums and Jon Pope on bass, Bill will perform a spoken-word set featuring poetry, short shorts, and excerpts from his forthcoming memoir, The Accidental Terrorist. It's all part of The Sunday Sessions at HiFi Bar in Manhattan's East Village. The evening will also feature Sunday Sessions house band #poorcolin.

Update: Watch video of the full performance below:

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Thursday, November 13, 7:00 pm
Boundless Tales
The Astoria Bookshop
31-29 31st St.
Astoria, NY 11106
www.astoriabookshop.com

Bill will read a personal essay as part of the November edition of Boundless Tales at The Astoria Bookshop in Astoria, Queens. The lineup for the evening also includes Jennifer Baker, Susana H. Case, Aida Zilelian, and Aaron Poochigian.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Thursday, April 17, 7:30 pm
Boundless Tales
Waltz-Astoria
23-14 Ditmars Blvd.
Astoria, NY 11105
www.waltz-astoria.com

Bill will read a personal essay as part of the April edition of Boundless Tales at Waltz-Astoria in Astoria, Queens. The theme for the evening is I Was Dominated/I Dominated, and the lineup also includes Michelle Augello-Page, Sarah Bonifacio, Danny Herrera and Joan Willette.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Wednesday, April 17, 8:00 pm
THE FIRST TIME: FIRST CRIME
UP Comedy Club
230 W. North Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
312.662.4562
www.upcomedyclub.com
Tickets $10 in advance

On Wednesday, April 17th, Bill will be part of CHIRP Radio's THE FIRST TIME at Second City's new UP Comedy Club. This monthly series assembles seven or so writers to reminisce about an important "first" from their lives, backed with specially chosen songs by The First Time Three. For April the topic will be "First Crime." Tickets are $10, and buying in advance is strongly recommended. (And get preferred seating with a dinner reservation!)

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Tuesday, April 16, 7:00 pm
WRITE CLUB: CHAPTER 43
The Hideout
1354 W. Wabansia Ave.
Chicago, IL 60642
773.227.4433
www.hideoutchicago.com
Tickets $10 at the door

Bill will be appearing at WRITE CLUB on Tuesday, April 16th, at The Hideout in Chicago. In this bare-knuckle series, three pairs of writers square off with essays on opposing topics. The audience decides who wins, with all proceeds going to charities of the winners' choice. Bill will be defending GOD over DEVIL, for the One Tail at a Time dog rescue organization. Tickets are $10 cash at the door. Arrive early!

Update: Watch video of Bill's essay below:

Monday, December 19, 2011

Essay Fiesta Reading Series
The Book Cellar
4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625

Bill will be one of several writers reading in the Essay Fiesta series at The Book Cellar in Lincoln Square on Monday, December 19. Essay Fiesta features writers reading humorous personal essays, and is hosted by Keith Ecker and Alyson Lyon. The event itself is free, but raffle proceeds go to benefit various charities.

The reading starts at 7:00 pm, but since seating is limited please arrive by 6:30. Besides its great selection of books (including a small but smart SF section), The Book Cellar offers coffee, wine, beer, cheese, sandwiches, and other goodies. They're also great about special-ordering anything you can't find in the store. The Book Cellar is near the Western stop on the Brown Line.

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Tuesday Funk Reading Series
Hopleaf Bar
5148 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640

Bill will be reading an excerpt from his memoir on Tuesday, April 5, 2011, as part of Chicago's monthly Tuesday Funk reading series, of which he is also co-producer. The reading, which additionally will feature Robert K. Elder, Ian Belknap, Jessica Palmer, and Lisa Chalem, takes place at 7:30 pm in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf Bar and Restaurant, 5148 N. Clark St. (just south of Foster). The upstairs lounge opens at 7:00 pm and is cash only. You must be 21 or over to be admitted. For further details, please visit http://www.tuesdayfunk.org.

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

The Wine Loft
17 N. San Francisco St.
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

On Thursday, June 24, Bill will participate in a panel discussion on the interactions between science fiction and actual science. Titled "Science + Fantasy = Science Fiction," the panel at The Wine Loft in Flagstaff, Arizona, brings together scientists and writers together to talk about how science inspires science fiction and vice versa. Other participants include geologist and writer Sarah K. Castle, writer Bradley P. Beaulieu, writer and futurist Brenda Cooper, biologist and computer scientist Dan Greenspan, biologist and physiologist Stan "Bud" Lindstedt, and science historian David S.F. Portree. The discussion begins promptly at 5:30 pm. Admission is free.

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Monday, April 19, 2010

Essay Fiesta Reading Series
The Book Cellar
4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625

Bill will be one of several writers reading in the new Essay Fiesta series at The Book Cellar in Lincoln Square. Essay Fiesta features writers reading humorous personal essays, and is hosted by Keith Ecker and Alyson Lyon. The event itself is free, but proceeds from a raffle afterward go to benefit the Howard Brown Health Center.

The reading starts at 7:00 pm, but since seating is limited please arrive by 6:30. Besides its great selection of books (including a small but smart SF section), The Book Cellar offers coffee, wine, beer, cheese, sandwiches, and other goodies. They're also great about special-ordering anything you can't find in the store. The Book Cellar is near the Western stop on the Brown Line.

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Monday, December 21, 2009

Essay Fiesta Reading Series
The Book Cellar
4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625

Bill will be one of several writers reading in the new Essay Fiesta series at The Book Cellar in Lincoln Square.

Essay Fiesta features writers reading humorous personal essays, and is hosted by Keith Ecker and Alyson Lyon. The event itself is free, but proceeds from a raffle afterward go to benefit the Howard Brown Health Center. Besides me, tonight's readers include Cameron Esposito, Mike O'Connell, John Loos, and John Newton.

The reading starts at 7:00 pm, but since seating is limited please arrive by 6:30. Besides its great selection of books (including a small but smart SF section), The Book Cellar offers coffee, wine, beer, cheese, sandwiches, and other goodies. They're also great about special-ordering anything you can't find in the store.

The Book Cellar is near the Western stop on the Brown Line.

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Tuesday Funk Reading Series
Hopleaf Bar
5148 N. Clark St. (south of Foster)
Chicago, IL 60640

Bill will be reading a third installment from his memoir The Accidental Terrorist on Tuesday, November 3, 2009, as part of Chicago's Tuesday Funk Reading Series. The reading, which will also feature Robert Duffer, Lynn Suh and Chris Sweet, takes place at 7:00 pm sharp in the upstairs bar at Hopleaf Bar and Restaurant, 5148 N. Clark St. (just south of Foster). For further details, please visit http://tuesdayfunk.blogspot.com.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Tuesday Funk Reading Series
Flourish Bakery Cafe
1138 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue (at Broadway)
Chicago, IL 60660

Bill will be reading from his memoir The Accidental Terrorist on Tuesday, September 1, 2009, as part of Chicago's Tuesday Funk Reading Series. The reading, which will also feature Robyn Detterline, Billy Lombardo, and Dancing Girl Press poets Stephanie Anderson, Kristen Orser, and Susan Slavier, takes place at 7:00 pm sharp at the Flourish Bakery Cafe, 1138 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. (east of Broadway, west of the Bryn Mawr red line stop). Copies of Bill's chapbook An Alternate History of the 21st Century will be available for purchase. For further details, please visit http://tuesdayfunk.blogspot.com.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Tuesday Funk Reading Series
Flourish Bakery Cafe
1138 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue (at Broadway)
Chicago, IL 60660

Bill will be reading from his memoir The Accidental Terrorist on Tuesday, April 7, 2009, as part of Chicago's Tuesday Funk Reading Series in Chicago. The reading, which will also feature Elisabeth Blair and Gina DiPonio, takes place at 7:00 pm sharp at the Flourish Bakery Cafe, 1138 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. (east of Broadway, west of the Bryn Mawr red line stop). Copies of Bill's chapbook An Alternate History of the 21st Century will be available for purchase.

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