TICKETED: Steven Rowley & Byron Lane | The Guncle Abroad & Big Gay Wedding

We are very excited to welcome Steven Rowley and Byron Lane to celebrate their books, The Guncle Abroad and Big Gay Wedding! They will appear in conversation with Blue Willow events Coordinator Cathy Berner and book reviewer and podcast host Cindy Burnett.

To celebrate, we are offering a 15% discount if you buy both of their books with your event entry on Eventbrite!

This is a ticketed event.
*Refunds are available through Eventbrite up to 24 hours before the event. If you are unable to attend at the last minute, we are happy to hold your book at the bookshop for pickup or you can contact us to coordinate shipping at orders@bluewillowbookshop.com.


There are THREE ticket options:

  1. Event entry with BOTH books at a 15% discount on the book cost
  2. Event entry with a copy of The Guncle Abroad ONLY
  3. Event entry with a copy of Big Gay Wedding ONLY

Please note that one ticket=one seat for this event.

Event Guidelines:

  • Each ticket includes entry to the event for one person and whichever book option you have selected. Each attendee will require a ticket — think of it as one ticket, one chair.
  • You will pick up your book(s) at the event. Steven and Byron will personalize books and take photos during the signing line at the conclusion of the event. If you attend with a group, there will be a group photo rather than individual ones. You may also bring 2 of their books from home to be signed (but NOT personalized).
  • If you are not feeling well and cannot attend, we will get your book signed for you.
  • Your book will be available for you to pick up following the event. If you would like your book shipped, please email orders@bluewillowbookshop.com to coordinate shipping. As a reminder, refunds are available up to 24 hours before the event; you can return your ticket through Eventbrite.
  • If you have a disability and require accommodation for this event, please let us know no later than 48 hours before the event by phoning (281) 497-8675 or emailing cathy@bluewillowbookshop.com.
  • Blue Willow Bookshop expects all participants to maintain an atmosphere of respect and fairness. Any comments or questions that violate this standard of behavior including any form of harassment, may, at the discretion of the organizers, be immediately removed.
  • If you cannot attend the event or don't live in the area and would like to order a signed, personalized copy of The Guncle Abroad or Big Gay Wedding, please add it to your cart and include personalization instructions (first name only) in the “comments” section at checkout. We ship nationwide. Note: If you order a book through our website, that does not equal a ticket to the event. To attend, you must purchase your tickets on Eventbrite.


Tuesday, May 28, 2024 at 7:00 PM Central Time


St. Thomas Presbyterian

About the Authors:

Steven Rowley is the New York Times bestselling author of Lily and the Octopus, a Washington Post Notable Book; The Editor, an NPR Best Book of the Year; The Guncle, winner of the twenty-second Thurber Prize for American Humor and Goodreads Choice Awards finalist for Novel of the Year; and The Celebrants, Today Show Read with Jenna book club pick. His fiction has been translated into twenty languages. He resides in Palm Springs, California.

Byron Lane is the author of A Star Is Bored, hailed by the New York Times Book Review as “wildly funny and irreverent.” He’s a playwright, screenwriter, Emmy Award–winning journalist, and former assistant to actress Carrie Fisher. He’s originally from New Orleans and lives in Palm Springs, California, with his husband, author Steven Rowley, and their rescue dogs, Raindrop and Shirley.

Payment type must be "CreditCard." Shipping will be charged if you want the book shipped to you. If you'd prefer to pick up your book, we ask that you please collect your book(s) within one month of the event date. After that date, your book will be donated to a Houston-based literacy organization. International shipping can run from $25-50US in addition to the cost of the book and can take up to 3 months to reach its destination. Additionally, we can only ship to certain regions and countries. If you'd like to pursue international shipping, please email cathy@bluewillowbookshop.com.
Event date: 
Tuesday, May 28, 2024 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
St. Thomas Presbyterian Church