Join us for a special event with author, Amber Tamblyn who will be at Quirk Gallery on Sunday, February 21 to read selections from her newest book, DARK SPARKLER. Ms. Tamblyn will be signing copies of DARK SPARKLER as well as her 2009 release, Bang Ditto (both titles available February 1 at Quirk Gallery).
A unique, poetic, and harrowing exploration of life, death, celebrity, and immortality, from actress and acclaimed poet Amber Tamblyn, DARK SPARKLER is “a smartly crafted collection, proving that she is a savvy and fierce woman and poet who knows that behind every spotlight is shadow.” (Booklist)
A lifelong performer from a Hollywood family, actress Amber Tamblyn (Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Two and a Half Men) is also an established poet who has studied with Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Jack Hirschman, and others. As a working actress, she is also deeply fascinated—and intimately familiar—with the costs of fame and the demands placed on young women in movies and on television. An initially casual interest in the lives and disappointments of actresses before her time—tragic stories of suicide, murder, obscurity, and other forms of death—inspired this insightful and emotionally charged collection of poetic portraits of the lives and troubling ends of more than thirty actresses famous and obscure. Featuring subjects like Brittany Murphy, Marilyn Monroe, and Jane Mansfield—and paired with original artwork, commissioned for this book, by luminaries including David Lynch, Adrian Tomine, Marilyn Manson, and Marcel Dzama—DARK SPARKLER is a surprising and thought-provoking collection from a searching and multi-talented young artist.
Amber Tamblyn is an author, actress and director who has been nominated for an Emmy, Golden Globe and Independent Spirit Award for her work in television and film. She has three collections of poetry and prose, most recently “Dark Sparkler” (Harper Perennial) which explores the lives and deaths of child star actresses, with accompanying artwork by such luminaries as Marilyn Manson and David Lynch, amongst others. She reviews books of poetry written by women for Bust Magazine and is a contributing writer for The Poetry Foundation and visiting Woodrow Wilson Fellow. She lives in Brooklyn.