Sunday 24th May
Have you ever made a joke on Twitter that accidently came out wrong and as a consequence you have been torn apart by a crazy mob? Have you ever been part of a crazy mob tearing someone apart for telling a joke on Twitter that came out wrong? Have you ever committed a workplace transgression and now you’ve got the terrible feeling that someone is onto you? Jon Ronson has. Actually Jon Ronson hasn’t. Just kidding. Jon Ronson hasn’t done anything wrong. However, he’s spent the past three years with people who have – documenting the destruction close up. And now he’s ready to tell the tale in his latest book, So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed.
It’s a story about how we’ve become soldiers in a war on human nature and its flaws - and how there’s been an escalation in hostilities. Jon Ronson joins the WoW Festival to discuss his l deeply honest book about modern life, full of eye-opening truths about the escalating war on human flaws - and the very scary part we all play in it.
Jon Ronson's books include, The Psychopath Test, Them: Adventures with Extremists, Lost at Sea and The Men Who Stare At Goats and have all been international and New York Times best sellers. The Psychopath Test spent nearly two years on the UK bestseller list and ten weeks on The New York Times list. The Men Who Stare At Goats was adapted into a film starring George Clooney.
In the US he’s a regular contributor to the PRI show This American Life and GQ magazine and has appeared twice on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. In the UK he writes regularly for The Guardian and his many documentaries include Stanley Kubrick's Boxes, The Secret Rulers of the World, and seven series of the multi award winning BBC Radio 4 programme Jon Ronson On… His first fictional screenplay - Frank - stars Michael Fassbender and Maggie Gyllenhaal. It was premiered at Sundance and SXSW to great critical acclaim and will soon be on general release.
He lives in New York and his new book, So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, was published in March 2015.
1.30 - 3.30pm. Central Library. William Brown Street, L3 8EW
Advanced booking essential. TICKETS HERE: £8/£4 Philharmonic Hall, 0151 709 3789