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Patton Oswalt presents I’ll Be Gone in the Dark at Public Works SF

March 8, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm UTC+0


Booksmith is thrilled to welcome Patton Oswalt to Public Works SF to discuss his late wife Michelle McNamara’s book I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer.

Tickets start at $15 and are on sale now. Signing information and other details coming soon! Stay tuned.

“You’ll be silent forever, and I’ll be gone in the dark.”

Over the course of more than ten years, a mysterious and violent predator committed fifty sexual assaults in Northern California before moving south, where he perpetrated ten sadistic murders. In 1986 he disappeared, eluding capture by multiple police forces and some of the best detectives in the area.

Three decades later, Michelle McNamara, a true-crime journalist who created the popular website True Crime Diary, was determined to find the violent psychopath she called the Golden State Killer. Michelle pored over police reports, inter-viewed victims, and embedded herself in the online communities that were as obsessed with the case as she was.

At the time of the crimes, the Golden State Killer was between the ages of eighteen and thirty, Caucasian, and athletic—capable of vaulting tall fences. He always wore a mask. After choosing his victims—he favored suburban couples—he often entered their homes when no one was there, studying family pictures, mastering the layouts. He attacked while they slept, using a flashlight to awaken and blind them. Though they could not recognize him, his victims recalled his voice: a guttural whisper through clenched teeth, abrupt and threatening.

I’ll Be Gone in the Darkthe masterpiece McNamara was writing at the time of her sudden death—offers an atmospheric snapshot of a moment in American history and a chilling account of a criminal mastermind and the wreckage he left behind. It is also a portrait of a woman’s obsession and her unflagging pursuit of the truth. Framed by an introduction from Gillian Flynn and an afterword by McNamara’s husband, Patton Oswalt, the book was completed by Michelle’s lead researcher and a close colleague. Utterly original and compelling, it is destined to become a true-crime classic—and may at last unmask the Golden State Killer.

Patton Oswalt is a comedian, actor, and writer. From his award-winning comedy specials to his many memorable film roles and guest appearances on his favorite TV shows (including Parks and Recreation, for which he received a TV Critics Choice Award), Oswalt continues to choose work that inspires him and entertains audiences. He tours regularly and extensively, headlining both in the United States, Canada, and the UK.

On TV, Oswalt had a starring role on Adult Swims The Heart, She Holler, was a series regular on Showtimes United States of Tara, recurred on the SyFy series Caprica, and has had many guest roles on Veep, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Parks and Recreation, Justified, Two and a Half Men, Portlandia, Bored to Death, Flight of the Conchords, The Sarah Silverman Program, Tim and Erics Awesome Show, and Seinfeld, among others. He is also very well known for playing Spence on The King of Queens for nine seasons. He was also a regular contributor to Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Real Time with Bill Maher, and Lewis Blacks Root of All Evil. Oswalt also has a regular, bi-monthly show at the new Largo at the Coronet Theater in Los Angeles. Both of his published books Zombie Spaceship Wasteland (2011) and Silver Screen Fiend (2015) are New York Times Best Sellers.

Michelle McNamaras (1970-2016) fascination with unsolved murders began as a teenager, when a young girl was killed less than half a mile from her familys home. As an adult, she channeled her obsession into the website True Crime Diary. After earning an MFA in fiction writing from the University of Minnesota, she sold two television pilots to ABC and Fox and a screenplay to Paramount. She lived in Los Angeles and is survived by her husband, Patton Oswalt, and their daughter, Alice.



Please remember: tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Public Works SF is a 21+ venue.


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March 8, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm UTC+0
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Public Works
161 Erie Street
San Francisco , CA 94103 United States
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