We’re very familiar with book tours here at BookTrib; many of our writers are published authors and we work with authors every day. But this was a first for us—Carrie Brownstein paused during a speaking event for her new memoir, Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl (Riverhead Books; October 27, 2015) to marry sweethearts Kendall Oshiro and Genevieve Hernandez.
Guest moderator Amy Poehler reportedly yelled out, “You gotta do it!” to applause and cheers when the couple made the request during the Q&A session. There may have been a teeny, tiny bit of planning involved on the fiancées’ part—they just happened to know that Brownstein was an ordained minister (something she did to marry a couple of friends), they had a marriage certificate with them and there were even some rings involved. Making things even more perfect, the event was held in the Pasadena Presbyterian Church.
What they didn’t expect was Amy Poehler who instantly became some sort of hybrid wedding planner/accompanist. She ran around the church creating bouquets from flower arrangements and then promptly sat at the piano and started playing “Greensleeves.”
“It’s the only song I know!” she explained to more laughter and applause.
Here’s the impromptu wedding in all its glory. As far as we’re concerned, this is the perfect combination of books and romance.
Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein (Riverhead Books; October 27, 2015)
Brownstein takes the reader on a journey from early childhood to the formation of the seminal Pacific Northwest punk rock band Sleater-Kinney in this memoir reminiscent of entertainment memoirs that cover a specific arc of the author’s life. Now better known for her work on the satirical sketch show Portlandia, Brownstein’s biography is named after one of her lyrics and is a vivid portrait of a woman of contradictions, removed from herself and family but beloved by fans, insecure but fearless, joyful but depressed. It’s a coming-of-age tale by someone we think we know and how she was transformed by music.