John Waters' ROLE MODELS US Book Tour Dates Announced

The man behind such cult classics as 'Pink Flamingos', 'Desperate Living', and 'Hairspray' may have been absent from the big screen in the recent past, but he continues to inject his quirky passion into a myriad projects, including penning a selection of books, staging and performing a one-man autobiographical show called 'This Filthy World', and hosted the Court TV series 'Til Death Do Us Part', amongst other ventures.

John Waters' ROLE MODELS is a self-portrait told through intimate literary profiles of the author's favorite personalities - some famous, some unknown, some criminal, some surprisingly middle-of-the-road.

From Miss Esther, owner of the scariest bar in Baltimore, to the outsider photographer Bobby Garcia; from the atheist leader MadaLyn Murray O'Hair to the late, great playwright Tennessee Williams; from the English novelist Denton Welch to the singer Johnny Mathis - these are the extreme figures who helped the author form his own brand of neurotic happiness.

These shining examples of fetishistic idolatry will inspire readers to their own devious hero worship and appreciation of the power of subversive inspiration.

John Waters will take to the road for a series of stops across the US to promote the book.

Tour dates announced:

San Francisco
Thursday, May 20
8 p.m.
In conversation with Kevin Berger
City Arts and Lectures
Herbst Theater
401 Van Ness Avenue (at McAllister)

Wednesday, May 26
7:30 p.m.
California Lectures
Crest Theatre
1013 K Street

Tuesday, June 1
7:30 p.m.
In conversation with Gary Kramer
Philadelphia Free Library
1901 Vine St.

Washington, DC
Wednesday, June 02
6:45 p.m.
In conversation with Ned Martel
Smithsonian Associates
Location TK

Saturday, June 05
7 p.m.
Atomic Books
3620 Falls Rd.

New York City
Monday, June 07
7 p.m.
In conversation with Paul Holdengraber
New York Public Library
South Court Auditorium
Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street.

Los Angeles
Tuesday, June 08
8 p.m.
In conversation with Bruce Wagner
Los Angeles Public Library
Aratani Japan America Theatre .

Thursday, June 10
6 p.m.
In conversation with Scott Heim
Boston Public Library
700 Boylston Street

Thursday, September 16
7 p.m.
Barnes & Noble at Johns Hopkins
3330 St. Paul Street

John Waters is the quintessence of cult films and the 'midnight movies' phenomenon. His film credits include a 'Mondo Trasho', 'Pink Flamingos', 'Female Trouble', 'Hairspray' (which inspired the successful Broadway show of the same name), 'Dirty Shame' and 'Cry Baby.'

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