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After Hours: Shoulder Pads + Shermer High School

Presented by Mill Valley Public Library at Mill Valley Public Library, Mill Valley CA

Jun 28 2019
After Hours: Shoulder Pads + Shermer High School

The 1980s in Fact and Fiction – writers talk about 80s nostalgia

Join Mill Valley author Tom Barbash (of the novel The Dakota Winters) and Kevin Smokler (of the nonfiction book Brat Pack America: A Love Letter to 80s Teen Movies) in an onstage conversation about your favorite decade of Rubik’s Cubes, Slap Bracelets, The Walkman and The Breakfast Club as seen in both reality and our imagination.

How do we write about the 80s, remember and see it in the late afternoon of 80s nostalgia, of Stranger Things, Ready Player One and the reboot of Ghostbusters? Tie on your LA Gears and Don’t you forget about me.

Adults and high school students only.

Registration recommended


Tom Barbash is the author of four books as well as reviews, essays, and articles for publications such as McSweeney’s, Tin House, the Believer, Narrative Magazine, Zyzzyva, and the New York Times. His short story collection Stay Up With Me was nominated for the Folio Prize and picked as a Best Book of the Year by the Independent of London, NPR, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the San Jose Mercury News. His novel The Last Good Chance was awarded The California Book Award and was a Publishers Weekly and Anniston Star Best Book of the Year. His nonfiction book On Top of the World, about the fate of the bond firm Cantor Fitzgerald on 9/11, was a New York Times Bestseller. A well-regarded speaker, panelist, and interviewer, Barbash teaches the novel, short fiction, and nonfiction at California College of the Arts. His most recent book, the novel, The Dakota Winters was just published, and was called by British GQ Magazine “The first great novel of 2019.”

Kevin Smokler is the author of 3 books, including most recently Brat Pack America: A Love Letter to 80s Teen Movies. He writes about music, books and movies for Salon, Buzzfeed, The Decider and NPR and lives in San Francisco with his wife and too many books and vinyl records. Currently he’s in middle of directing his first documentary film.


Free admission

Contact: (415) 389-4292

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Additional time info:

7:00 pm

Wine reception at 6:30 pm for registered guests


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