Tabitha Carvan | This is Not a Book about Benedict Cumberbatch


Tabitha Carvan will appear in conversation with Maria Sherman to celebrate her new book This is Not a Book about Benedict Cumberbatch.

  • This event is free to attend, but registration is required. You can register for the event here. Once you register, you will receive an invitation to join the event.
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Wednesday, June 1st, 2022 at 7:00 PM Central Time

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About the Creators:

Tabitha Carvan is the author of This Is Not A Book About Benedict Cumberbatch, a memoir with a message about embracing our passions, described as "a weird-in-the-best-way account of self-discovery that brims with humor and insight" (Publisher's Weekly). She is staff writer for the sciences at the Australian National University in Canberra, and as a freelancer has contributed to publications in the US, Australia and Asia on topics including identity, family, pop culture and science. 

Maria Sherman is a music writer and culture critic currently living in Brooklyn, New York. Her book Larger Than Life, a History of Boy Bands from NKOTB to BTS is "an overdue analysis of boy bands and the devoted fans who elevate them." (Wall Street Journal) She has worked as a senior writer at Jezebel, managing editor at Gizmodo Media Group, senior correspondent at Fuse TV, and contributor at BuzzFeed Music. You may have seen her work at NPR and in Billboard, SPIN, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, and many other quality publications. If she were in a boy band, she'd be the bad boy. Also, Harry Styles ruined her life.


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Event date: 
Wednesday, June 1, 2022 - 7:00pm
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This Is Not a Book About Benedict Cumberbatch: The Joy of Loving Something--Anything--Like Your Life Depends On It Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593421918
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - May 31st, 2022

Why We Can’t Sleep meets Furiously Happy in this hilarious, heartfelt memoir about one woman’s midlife obsession with Benedict Cumberbatch, and the liberating power of reclaiming our passions as we age, whatever they may be. 

Larger Than Life: A History of Boy Bands from NKOTB to BTS Cover Image
ISBN: 9780762468911
Availability: Backordered
Published: Black Dog & Leventhal - July 21st, 2020

This nostalgic, fully-illustrated history of boy bands -- written by culture critic and boy band stan Maria Sherman -- is a must-have for diehard fans of the genre and beyond.