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Powell's Books Presents Joseph Fink & Meg Bashwiner in Conversation With Symphony Sanders
The First Ten Years: Two Sides of the Same Love Story (Harper Perennial) is the sometimes hilarious, occasionally heartbreaking, and always entertaining joint memoir by Joseph Fink, cocreator of Welcome to Night Vale, and his wife, writer and performer Meg Bashwiner, chronicling the first 10 years of their relationship from both sides. In 2009, 22-year-old Joseph, newly arrived to New York City from the West Coast, was juggling odd jobs to pay the rent and volunteering with a theater company in the East Village so he could snag free tickets to their shows. Meg, a 22-year-old aspiring performer and playwright, was living with her parents in New Jersey, working a desk job and commuting to her internship with that same East Village theater company. Joseph's and Meg's stories meet when they both find themselves selling tickets in a cramped box office. They quickly became friends. Within a year, they were a couple. Within five years they were touring the world, performing on some of the world's greatest and not-so-great stages. In their candid, soul-baring memoir, Joseph and Meg recount their first 10 years together, each telling their story as they remember it, without having consulted the other. We hear both sides of their first kiss, first breakup, first getting back together, the death of a father, marriage, international fame, world tours, mental illness, and discussions about having children. Sometimes, they recall things differently — neither agrees on who paid for the morning-after pill on their first date. Sometimes they remember the exact same details in the same way — but still have their own narrative on just what those details mean. Bashwiner and Fink will be joined in conversation by Symphony Sanders, actor, voice of Welcome to Night Vale's Tamika Flynn, and co-host of the Good Morning Night Vale podcast.

May 13, 2021 05:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Joseph Fink
Joseph Fink created the Welcome to Night Vale and Alice Isn't Dead podcasts and is the author of the novel Alice Isn’t Dead, and co-author of the New York Times best-selling novels Welcome to Night Vale, It Devours!, The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives In Your Home, and four Welcome to Night Vale episode script books: Mostly Void, Partially Stars, The Great Glowing Coils of the Universe, The Buying of Lot 37, and Who’s a Good Boy.
Meg Bashwiner
Meg Bashwiner is a writer, performer, tour manager, podcaster and producer. She is the emcee for the international touring live show of the Welcome to Night Vale podcast. She is an alumni member of the acclaimed New York theater company The New York Neo-Futurists.
Symphony Sanders
Symphony Sanders is a Chicago based actor who voices Tamika Flynn on the podcast Welcome to Nightvale, cohosts the podcast Good Morning Nightvale, as well as being featured in numerous other podcasts (Unwell, Our Fair City, Pounded in the Butt by My Podcast, etc.) and regional theatre around Chicago (Chicago Shakespeare, The Goodman, raven theatre, etc.). When not acting or podcasting she is an aerialist and fitness instructor.