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First Friday
Posted Date: 5/15/2013

First Friday: Naked Truth

Friday, June 7th, 2013
Main Reading Room - 7:00pm
Wine reception at 6:30pm for pre-registered guests.

For adults and high school students only.
Come see why Naked Truth: always draws capacity crowds. You will be moved, entertained and inspired as you listen to real people tell their true personal tales of lessons learned the hard way—the theme: Learning Curve. The evening will be hosted by Mill Valley Library’s fabulous emcee in residence Josh Healey and guests will include Andrea Carla Michaels, Joe Klocek, and Caitlin Myer.

Click Here to Register.

This event is sold out. If you receive a message that registration is closed you may still be able to attend the event. The wait line for non-registered guests will be admitted on a first come, first serve basis starting at 6:45pm.

If you have previously registered for this event and can no longer attend please cancel by clicking here to email the reference desk or calling (415) 389-4292 x4740. Please indicate if you are cancelling for a guest as well.


Naked Truth: real. stories. live.Josh Healey is an award-winning writer, performer, and creative activist. Fusing innovating storytelling with subversive humor and a rebel’s politics, Healey has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, and is a regular performer on NPR’s Snap Judgment. He has performed and led workshops at UC-Berkeley, Harvard, University of Illinois, and over 200 colleges, high schools, and conferences across the country.


Naked Truth: real. stories. live.Joe Klocek is a comedian and storyteller. He is the co-founder of the popular storytelling series “Previously Secret Information” and was named “Best Comedian” 2011 by SF Weekly. He has appeared on NBC's, "Last Comic Standing" and was the commentator for the Emmy award-winning documentary, "A Bridge so Far." Joe has performed at every major comedy club in the country including Alaska.




Naked Truth: real. stories. live.Andrea Carla Michaels is a storyteller, former Los Angeles stand-up comic, and game show writer who now names companies and products for a living as the founder and sole employee of ACME Naming in San Francisco. Andrea has written for "Designing Women" and has created dozens of crossword puzzles for The New York Times, TV Guide, and The Wall Street Journal. She spent her most memorable years as a chaperone for The All New Dating Game. Andrea loves playing/teaching Scrabble, learning languages, and traveling (when her cat allows). The highlight of her life, thus far, was winning a motorhome on Wheel of Fortune.


Naked Truth: real. stories. live.Caitlin Myer
recently completed a residency at MacDowell Colony, where she was recipient of a fellowship from the Rona Jaffe Foundation, for her in-progress novel, Red Wagon. Her short story "God Time" was recently published in Joyland. Other short stories have been published in charming, short-lived literary magazines, online journals and the occasional anthology. She is the founder of the literary reading series Portuguese Artists Colony, where authors compete in Live Writing - composing new works onstage while live musicians play. Yes, she was raised Mormon. No, she doesn’t practice. If you buy her a drink, she’ll be happy to tell you all about it. Myer is not Portuguese, despite her best efforts.

Naked Truth: MosaMosa Maxwell-Smith is an improviser, writer and storyteller. Most recently, she has been seen on stage telling stories at the Vent and Bawdy Storytelling. In order to get her friends to share their secrets, Mosa has been producing storytelling parties in her living room for over two years. Her writing can be found at and is occasionally published elsewhere as well. She is also a member of the sketch comedy troupe, Group Hug. Mosa returns library books in a timely fashion... usually.

Have you been bitten by the storytelling bug? Throw your name in the hat to tell a two minute story in our lightening round, or, better yet, audition to tell a full length story—see the Naked Truth web site for details.

What are First Fridays?
Debuting in January 2011 in celebration of the Library's centennial year, the ongoing "First Fridays" series presents different narratives, ideas and presentations that an audience might otherwise not consider or experience. First Fridays are for adults and high school students.

The Venue:
The Library's Main Reading Room is transformed into a beautiful venue for First Friday events. Built in 1966, the Library is nestled among the redwoods in an award-winning building and reflects the diverse intellectual interests of the community.

The Experience:
Programs typically last 90 minutes (includes Q&A). First Fridays feature a wine reception before and after our program. Patrons enjoy the intimate atmosphere and ability to meet our presenters. Attendance ranges between 115 and 260 people per event.

Thank you to the Mill Valley Library Foundation and the Friends for their generous support of Library programs and services. Click here to support Library events.