Author Event: I'll Have What She's Having by Erin Carlson
Join us at City Lit Books for a reading with Erin Carlson from her new book I’ll Have What She’s Having: How Nora Ephron’s Three Iconic Films Saved the Romantic Comedy. Erin will be in conversation with Kristen Schorsch.
In I'll Have What She's Having, journalist Erin Carlson goes behind the scenes to tell the story of Nora Ephron and how she reinvented the rom-com through her trio of instant classics. But in the process, Ephron also remade herself – from a tough, suffer-no-fools Manhattan journalist to a fierce and unflinching Hollywood power player with the clout to get her movies greenlit … all while redefining romance for an entire generation. With a cast of famous faces including Rob Reiner, Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, and Billy Crystal, Carlson takes readers on a rollicking, revelatory trip through Ephron's New York City, where reality took a backseat to romance and Ephron — who always knew what she wanted and how she wanted it — ruled the roost.
If you consider Ephron a diehard romantic, you’d be mistaken: in fact, the woman pulling the heart-strings wasn’t always drinking the cherry-flavored Kool-Aid. So how did the writer-director regain faith in the L-word following one broken engagement and two failed marriages? What sparked Reiner to snap out of his bachelor blues during the making of When Harry Met Sally? Why was Ryan, a gifted ingénue who was much more than an adorable face, not the first choice for the role of Sally? Why was Hanks so reluctant to take on the role of Sleepless protagonist Sam Baldwin? And more importantly: What was Dave Chappelle doing in You’ve Got Mail … in a turtleneck?
An intimate portrait of a one of America's most iconic filmmakers and a look behind the scenes of her crowning achievements, I'll Have What She's Having is a vivid account of the days and nights when Ephron, along with assorted cynical collaborators, learned to show her heart on the screen.
Erin Carlson has covered the arts and entertainment industry at The Hollywood Reporter and The Associated Press in New York City. Her work has appeared in Vanity Fair, Glamour, Fortune, The Los Angeles Times and the Daily Beast. She lives in San Francisco.
Kristen Schorsch is a Chicago-based journalist, covering the power, money and influence of the health care industry for Crain’s Chicago Business. Previously, she covered crime, courts, government, higher education and news of the weird for the Chicago Tribune, the Daily Southtown and the Iowa City Press-Citizen. Kristen is a longtime board member of the Chicago Headline Club, one of the largest chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists in the nation. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. You can follow her on Twitter at @kschorsch.