9th Ave: Kate Flannery with Laura Albert

Friday, May 17, 2024 - 7:00pm

This event will be held at our 1231 9th Ave location in the Inner Sunset.

Cover of Kate Flannery's memoir Strip Tees. The cover is of a feminine figure, photographed from the waist down, standing against a metal railing with a beach in the background. The person is wearing red short shorts and high white socks.
Join us on Friday, May 17 at 7pm PT when Kate Flannery joins us for the paperback release of her memoir, Strip Tees, with Laura Albert at 9th Ave!

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Praise for Strip Tees
“A racy, thoughtful memoir of [Flannery's] tenure during the rise and fall of the controversial company...Flannery’s conversion from credulous retail recruit to company woman doesn’t trade in hyper-intellectual #MeToo-era analysis or retrospective scolding. Instead, its currency is the prickly panic of realizing your life doesn’t match your principles, spiked with salacious specifics that evoke the highly sexed environment of American Apparel’s cultural and commercial peak.”New York Times Book Review

“Reading Kate Flannery’s memoir Strip Tees felt like stepping into a Sofia Coppola film about Los Angeles in the mid-aughts: Everyone is smiling and laughing and flirting and then the soundtrack turns ominous and the walls start to melt. This book is a rapid, queasy descent into hipster hell, and I couldn’t get enough of it.”—Heather Havrilesky, Ask Polly columnist and author of Foreverland: On the Divine Tedium of Marriage

“Raw and engaging...An intriguing read for those interested in the story behind the rise and fall of American Apparel.”Library Journal

About Strip Tees
Strip Tees is a fever dream of a memoir—Hunter S. Thompson meets Gloria Steinem—about a recent college graduate and what happens when her feminist ideals meet the real world.

At the turn of the new millennium, LA is the place to be. “Hipster” is a new word on the scene. Lauren Conrad is living her Cinderella story in the “Hills” on millions of television sets across the country. Paris Hilton tells us “That’s hot” from behind the biggest sunglasses imaginable, while beautiful teenagers fight and fall in love on The O.C.

Into this most glittering of supposed utopias, Kate Flannery arrives with a Seven Sisters diploma in hand and a new job at an upstart clothing company called American Apparel. Kate throws herself into the work, determined to climb the corporate fashion ladder. Having a job at American Apparel also means being a part of the advertising campaigns themselves, stripping down in the name of feminism.

She slowly begins to lose herself in a landscape of rowdy sex-positivity, racy photo shoots, and a cultlike devotion to the unorthodox CEO and founder of the brand. The line between sexual liberation and exploitation quickly grows hazy, leading Kate to question the company’s ethics and wrestle with her own.

Strip Tees captures a moment in our recent past that’s already sepia toned in nostalgia, and also paints a timeless portrait of a young woman who must choose between what business demands and self-respect requires.

About Kate Flannery
Kate Flannery was born and raised in Northeastern Pennsylvania. She holds a BA in Creative Writing from Bryn Mawr College and currently works for the Emmy Award-winning RuPaul’s Drag Race. She is the lead singer and frontwoman for LA’s premier Little Richard tribute band, Big Dick. Strip Tees is her first book.

About Laura Albert
Laura Albert
 has won international acclaim for her fiction. Writing as JT LeRoy, she is the author of the best-selling novels Sarah and The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things – both now released also as audiobooks – and the novella Harold's End. She is the subject of Jeff Feuerzeig's feature documentary Author: The JT LeRoy Story and Lynn Hershman Leeson's film The Ballad of JT LeRoy. She has written for The New York Times, The Forward, The London Times, Spin, Man About Town, Vogue, Film Comment, Interview, L'Équipe Sport&Style, Filmmaker, I-D, and others. A writer for the HBO series "Deadwood," she also wrote the original script for Gus Van Sant's Elephant and was the film's Associate Producer. She has written the short films Radiance for Drew Lightfoot and ContentMode, and Dreams of Levitation and Warfare of Pageantry for Sharif Hamza and Nowness. She has spoken extensively and lectured about gender-variance and transgender issues for such sources as BOMB Magazine, Ireland's Mindfield Literary Stage, dot429, the Utah Valley University Transgression Symposium, and others. She also serves as a board member of the Independent Living Resource Center of San Francisco. www.LauraAlbert.org

Strip Tees: A Memoir of Millennial Los Angeles By Kate Flannery Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250339461
Availability: Click the TITLE to view store availability
Published: Holt Paperbacks - May 14th, 2024

Strip Tees is a fever dream of a memoir—Hunter S. Thompson meets Gloria Steinem—about a recent college graduate and what happens when her feminist ideals meet the real world.

Sarah: A Novel By JT LeRoy, Billy Corgan (Foreword by) Cover Image
By JT LeRoy, Billy Corgan (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780062641250
Availability: Click the TITLE to view store availability
Published: Harper Perennial - August 23rd, 2016

National Bestseller

Featuring a foreword by Billy Corgan

“JT LeRoy’s masterful imagination, command of story, and easy sense of the mythological are a rare combination that demands attention.” — Toronto Star

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