Booksmith is out-of-this-world excited to welcome Weird Twitter celeb Jonny Sun for his first book, everyone’s a aliebn when ur a aliebn too. Joining him is Selena Larson.
Please note: due to popular demand this event, originally to be held at The Bindery, has been moved to Booksmith, 1644 Haight St. Pre-reserved seats are already taken; books will be available for sale (and signing), and there will be limited first-come, first-serve seating. Click here to pre-order the book. Standing, sitting, somewhere in between—however you wish, please join us!
An alien named jomny is dropped onto Earth by a space ship and given a task – “please find out about the earbth creatures …. humabns. Take ur time, realy take as much time as u need.” What ensues is not only a journey of exploration by a friendly alien introducing himself to anyone he meets, but it is also a window into the incredibly creative mind of Jonny Sun.
Many people know Jonny from his enigmatic Twitter feed @jonnysun, which has over 406 thousand followers, and has been featuring this character in both art and words. He is an architect, a designer, engineer, artist, playwright and comedy writer, and his work crosses multiple disciplines, exploring the human experience in unusual and endearing ways. He is also the person behind @tinycarebot, a self-care feed that posts daily reminders to do things like, “play some of your favorite music, please” or “don’t forget to moisturize, please” which has gotten some terrific media coverage in this particular time of stress (covered in the New York Times, TIME.com, Buzzfeed, NBC News, Mashable, Refinery29, and many other outlets).
The culmination of his life’s work is everyone’s a aliebn when ur a aliebn too by jomny sun, an adorable philosophical work, chock full of beautiful illustrations, and reminiscent of the film WALL-E, the Winnie the Pooh books, Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes, and Shel Silverstein’s work, all in Jonny Sun’s unique style of language.
“Jomny Sun’s incredible writing knocks you to the floor, breathless, then scoops you up and gives you a kiss where it hurts before it occurs to you to cry. Read this book only if you want to feel more alive.” — Lin-Manuel Miranda
“Jomny Sun has created a frightened, hopeful view of Life As We Know It from the perspective of a weirdly relatable alien intelligence. Fantastic.” — Patton Oswalt
“This book is funny and sad, simple and complex, badly spelled and beautifully written. Jonmy Sun gets more out of a panel than most do out of a page, revealing obvious yet hidden truths as only someone one step out of step could.” — Joss Whedon
Jonathan Sun is the author behind @jonnysun. When he isn't tweeting, he is an architect, designer, engineer, artist, playwright and comedy writer. His work across multiple disciplines is concerned with narratives of human experience. As a playwright, Jonathan's work has been performed at the Yale School of Drama, Factory Theater in Toronto, Hart House Theater, Theater Lab in Toronto, and the University of Toronto Drama Festival (where he received the President’s Award for Best Production). As an artist and illustrator, his work has been commissioned by the New Haven ArtSpace, and exhibited at MIT, the Yale School of Architecture, and the University of Toronto. His comedic work has appeared in NPR, BuzzFeed, Playboy, GQ, and McSweeney’s. He is currently a doctoral student at MIT and a Berkman Klein Fellow at Harvard.
When not writing about tech, Selena Larson dabbles in fiction and tells jokes on Twitter. She is a reporter for CNNTech covering cybersecurity and tech policy.
RSVP appreciated but not required. If you cannot attend the event, but would like to request a signed copy of everyone’s a aliebn when ur a aliebn too, please order below and put your request in the comments field.