Faber buys essays from Samantha Irby

Faber buys essays from Samantha Irby

Faber will publish two books of essays from US comedian and blogger Samantha Irby.

Irby’s We Are Never Meeting in Real Life will be published on 17th January 2019. Faber editorial director Louisa Joyner acquired UK Commonwealth rights excluding Canada from Rachel Clemens from Abner Stein.  

In We Are Never Meeting in Real Life, Samantha Irby turns the serio-comic essay into an art form, the publisher said. She explores the miseries of trying to live up to the ideal of the Strong Black Woman when she just feels like an "old garbage bag full of blood patiently waiting for death" and dispenses advice on how to navigate friendships with former drinking buddies who are now suburban mothers. 

Irby is currently developing her first book of essays, Meaty, for television with Abbi Jacobson (co-creator and co-star of "Broad City") and Jessi Klein ("Inside Amy Schumer "head writer and consulting producer on “Transparent"). Faber will publish Meaty in 2020, published in the US by PRH in 2013.

As a writer and performer, Samantha Irby is "a force of nature”, according to Faber. She rose to prominence through her blog "bitches gotta eat", where she explores a vast array of subjects including sex, jobs, her experiences with depression, Crohn's disease and degenerative arthritis, "with equal parts wicked humour and pathos".

"Whether talking about how her difficult childhood has led to a problem in making “adult” budgets or detailing a disastrous pilgrimage-slash-romantic-vacation to Nashville to scatter her estranged father’s ashes, she’s as deft at poking fun at the ghosts of her past self as she is at capturing powerful emotional truths,” Faber said.

We Are Never Meeting in Real Life was published by Penguin Random House US in May 2017 winning plaudits from comedian Roxane Gay among others.

Joyner said: "Samantha Irby is one of my most joyous discoveries of the last year. It feels like a travesty that she wasn’t in my book life previously (especially with her enormous following in the US). Make way, lady with massive talent and a serious sense of humour coming through."