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Spotlight Event & Book Signing

Kirker Butler, two-time Emmy nominated writer for  

Family Guy, The Cleveland Show and Galavant

Author of the Novel Pretty Ugly

Wednesday, May 20, 7:30-9:15pm

Ticket Price $15

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Please join host Jeffrey Gordon (JG), founder of Writers Boot Camp,  as

we celebrate the release of Kirker Butler’s novel, Pretty Ugly, a satirical look

at a dysfunctional southern family complete with an overbearing stage mom, a

9 year-old pageant queen, a cheating husband, his teenage girlfriend, a crazy

grandmother, and Jesus.   JG will moderate an interview with Kirker, who will

sign copies of the book after the event where books will be available for sale.  

The conversation will cover Kirker’s background in the business and his

experience as a two-time Emmy nominated writer and producer, as well as

his segue to writing the book.

Kirker’s television credits include writing for Family Guy, The Cleveland

Show, The Neighbors and Galavant.  Pretty Ugly is his debut prose novel,

though he’s also the author of a graphic novel, Blue Agave and Worm.  He’s

also contributed to The Huffington Post, The Academy Awards, and E!

News Daily among others.  

Here’s what some famous people have said about Kirker’s book:    

“The person who wrote this book asked me for a quote, so I gave them one.” -

-Ricky Gervais

“Pretty Ugly is everything you’d want in a novel: funny, poignant, exceedingly

well-written.  I look forward to reading it.”–Stephen Colbert

“I love this book, and I think Kurt Vonnegut would have loved it, too. In fact, it

might have been his favorite book of all time. Hell, I’m just going to go ahead

and say it: Kirker’s book is hilarious, and it was Kurt Vonnegut’s favorite book

of all time.”–Seth MacFarlane, creator, Family Guy and TED

“What I’ve read of this book I have liked!”–Amy Sedaris

“A funny, slam-bam-thank you, ma'am, voyeuristic look at the world’s most

dysfunctional family.  I could not put this book down!”–Jennifer Garner

Kirker has worked as a lifeguard, a country music DJ, a Tommy Hilfiger Jeans

specialist, a medical supply deliveryman, a Christian music DJ, a bartender, a

precious jewelry clerk, a prop PA, a telemarketer for a comedy club, a wedding

DJ, a brewery waiter, a videotape editor, an entertainment news producer, an

actor, a bouncer at a nightclub (one night), a host at a different nightclub, a

singing telegram guy, a receptionist at Neiman Marcus, and the set decorator

for N'SYNC’s first I Want You Back video.

Writers Boot Camp just celebrated its 26th anniversary supporting writers

and filmmakers.  More than 50 movies made in just the last four years

were written by our alumni and many top alumni are currently staff

writers or show runners on top television series.  

Additionally, our alumni have had more than 500 books and novels


For more information about coursework and Professional Membership

benefits, call 1-800-800-1733.  

One of the ongoing benefits of Pro Membership is not having to buy a ticket to

an event like this one!  

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2525 Michigan Ave, Santa Monica CA 90404:  

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(Michigan Ave is just north of the 10 freeway, running parallel)

Go to the end of the street to the Bergamot Station entrance.  

Park inside the lot and walk to the SW corner, Bldg i.