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Author Kambri Crews 

When: Thu., March 29 2012
Phone: 216-321-3400
Price: Free
www.heightslibrary.org
Read the glowing reviews and you have to ask: Is Kambri Crews’ new memoir about growing up poor in an abusive household heartbreaking or funny? “I think it’s both,” says the New York-based writer, producer, publicist, speaker, and comedian. “I guess I had forgotten how awful some of it was, so it always surprises me when a reviewer calls it ‘harrowing’, but I do think it’s a little of both.” The memoir in question is Burn Down the Ground, an unflinching tale of Crews childhood living with deaf parents in a tin shed in rural Texas. While the newly published book resonates on many frequencies — domestic abuse, deafness, and the criminal justice system — Crews, now 40, also credits her childhood with shaping her sense of humor. “The deaf community is very much a storytelling community, and like everyone, they love to laugh. I think growing up in that community naturally led me to performing and to comedy. And of course humor is always a great way to deal with the pain.” Crews, who lived in Akron for seven years during the 1990s, is bringing both her humor and her pain to the Coventry Road Branch of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library this evening for a free talk and book signing. (Fun fact: Crews husband, comedian Christian Finnegan, is also in town this weekend, performing at the Improv.) “It won’t be some deep, dark discussion,” she promises. “I’ll share some funny stories about being a hearing child growing up with deaf parents. I may read a little. Then I’ll open it up to questions. I’m always eager to talk about domestic violence and prison, but I’ll let the audience take the lead.” The program begins at 7 p.m. An interpreter for the deaf and hearing impaired will be standing by.

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