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Melissa Rivers: “Lies My Mother Told Me”

May 6 • 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Hybrid Hybrid Event
$15 – $32

The hilariously funny Melissa Rivers—bestselling author, reality TV star, actress, fashion and lifestyle podcaster, philanthropist, and daughter of comedian Joan Rivers—discusses her newest book, “Lies My Mother Told Me: Tall Tales from a Short Woman,” with moderator Rachel Belle. If you think Joan Rivers said funny, outrageous, and ridiculous things onstage, wait until you read the funny, outrageous, and ridiculous things she said off-stage—things that will make you laugh out loud and keep Melissa in therapy. A work of fiction, this pandemic project channeled her beloved comedian mother’s voice and humor to help her through the isolation and uncertainty of the past few years.

With the help of co-author Larry Amaros, Rivers brings to life the stories her mother may have told to bring levity and humor to cheer up people around her. “The only thing my mother loved more than making people laugh was lying…or as she’d say ‘embellishing.’ Her motto was Why let the truth ruin a good story?” Rivers will discuss these stories and provide a glimpse into the life of this iconic female comedian.

Join us after the book talk for a cocktail reception, book sales, and signing.

Part of the J’s new Chew on This! Speaker Series, which features authors, chefs, and thought-leaders to feed your mind, soul, and palate.


Book + Ticket Bundle: $32
Talk only: $18 adults | $15 seniors 65+, students
Patrons have the option to attend in person or via livestream. Event reminder + streaming link emailed 1 hour prior to program start time.

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About the Author

“New York Times” bestselling author and award-winning producer, Melissa Rivers is an entertainment journalist and correspondent, an equestrian, an Ivy League graduate, an accomplished public speaker and an animal advocate. While her professional achievements are plentiful, it is her role as a single parent to her son, Cooper, that Melissa calls her greatest accomplishment.

About the Book

Written during the pandemic, “Lies My Mother Told Me: Tall Tales from a Short Woman,” by award-winning author Melissa Rivers recounts and channels all the funny, outrageous, and ridiculous things her beloved mother, Joan Rivers said (or may have said) offstage. Writing these stories helped Rivers mentally get through this difficult time. Melissa Rivers writes, “The only thing my mother loved more than making people laugh was lying…or as she’d say, “embellishing.” Her motto was: “Why let the truth ruin a good story?” The books contains these stories and more.

About the Moderator

Rachel Belle is the Seattle-based creator and an Edward R. Murrow award-winning feature reporter who has been a radio broadcaster for 20 years. Belle is the host of Your Last Meal, a James Beard Award finalist for Best Podcast. In each episode, she asks a celebrity (John Waters, Jewel, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Jenny Slate, Isaac Mizrahi, Alicia Silverstone, Judy Gold, Jessica Seinfeld, etc.) what they would choose to eat for their last meal and then digs into the history, culture, or science of that dish with experts from around the world. Belle was named “Seattle’s Best FM Radio Personality” by “Seattle Weekly” and her food writing has been published in places like ”Lucky Peach” and “Eater. She has appeared on The Cooking Channel, Discovery Investigates, Lifetime, and PBS, and has emceed and hosted events across western Washington. Her relatives claim to have invented the bagel dog and the tube top.

Event Details + Box Office Policies

• General admission | Doors open 30 min. before showtime
• Patrons will receive a reminder email with event details and livestream links one (1) hour before showtime.
• Concessions, including wine/beer for sale before the show in the J Café. Presale purchases require proof of purchase and valid ID. No outside food allowed.
• Facility and processing fees apply at checkout
• Please view our Welcome Back page for current venue policies, including vaccination and mask policies.
• Patrons agree to all SJCC terms and conditions above and at SJCC Box Office + Venue Policies Page.

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May 6
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$15 – $32
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