The Moth Mainstage

When: Fri., April 7, 7 p.m. 2017

Born on a porch in Georgia and later developed in bars and clubs in New York City, The Moth is a globally recognized organization built around “true stories, told live and without notes.” Encompassing StorySlam events hosted in 27 cities, a radio show aired by 450 radio stations and a podcast downloaded by 44 million listeners annually, The Moth celebrates “the ability of stories to honor both the diversity and commonality of human experience, and to satisfy a vital human need for connection.” Likened to “a community where entertainment and enlightenment merge,” The Moth Mainstage takes shape in curated events that unite five storytellers often exploring a common theme. Making its local premiere as one of the most anticipated highlights of the fifth annual San Antonio Book Festival, the nonprofit’s signature series lands on the Majestic stage with a theme of “All These Wonders.” Hosted by San Antonio native David Crabb (a Morrissey fan whose memoir Bad Kid details his experiences growing up goth and gay in Texas), the event features presentations by CNBC contributor/immigration and education advocate Julissa Arce (author of My (Underground) American Dream), poet/nurse/arts advocate Barbara Collins Bowie (creator of the the Dr. J.R. Bowie Scholarship Foundation for the Performing Arts and Autism), author/Tablet Magazine contributor Liel Leibovitz (who has a Ph.D. in video games), presidential speechwriter-turned-Funny or Die writer/producer David Litt (author of Thanks, Obama: My Hopey Changey White House Years) and New York-based Colombian artist Martha Ruiz-Perilla (a former mime’s assistant whose childhood love of storytelling earned her the nickname RadioMartha).

Price: $20-$100