The Moth - 50 True Stories

For the first time in print, celebrated storytelling phenomenon The Moth presents fifty spellbinding, soul-bearing stories selected from their extensive archive (fifteen-plus years and 10,000-plus stories strong). Inspired by friends telling stories on a porch, The Moth was born in small-town Georgia, garnered a cult following in New York City, and then rose to national acclaim with the wildly popular podcast and Peabody Award– winning weekly public radio show The Moth Radio Hour.

Stories include: writer Malcolm Gladwell’s wedding toast gone horribly awry; legendary rapper Darryl “DMC” McDaniels’ obsession with a Sarah McLachlan song; poker champion Annie Duke’s two-million-dollar hand; and A. E. Hotchner’s death-defying stint in a bullring … with his friend Ernest Hemingway. Read about the panic of former Clinton Press Secretary Joe Lockhart when he misses Air Force One after a hard night of drinking in Moscow, and Dr. George Lombardi’s fight to save Mother Teresa’s life.

This will be a beloved read for existing Moth enthusiasts, fans of the featured storytellers, and all who savor well-told, hilarious, and heartbreaking stories.

The Moth: 50 True Stories is available in the USA and Australia and forthcoming in the UK (August 2014).


Janna Levin | George Lombardi | Andrew Solomon | Alan Rabinowitz | Jillian Lauren | A.E. Hotchner | Damien Echols | Ari Handel | Anait Latipovna Rakhmatyllaeva | Joe Lockhart | Wayne Reece | Richard Price | Jon Levin | Annie Duke | Michael Massimino | Kimberly Reed | Darryl “DMC” McDaniels | George Dawes Green | Sherman “O.T.” Powell | Ed Gavagan | Adam Gopnik | Marvin Gelfand | Paul Nurse | Steve Osborne | Erin Barker | Edgar Oliver | Ellie Lee | Carly Johnstone | Sebastian Junger | Andy Christie | Malcolm Gladwell | Cynthia Riggs | Ophira Eisenberg | Ted Conover | Matthew McGough | Jeffery Rudell | Elna Baker | James Braly | Tristan Jimerson | Aimee Mullins | Nathan Englander | Wanda Bullard | Kemp Powers | Jenny Allen | Joyce Maynard | Stephanie Summerville | Jenifer Hixson | Brian Finkelstein | Faye Lane | Mike DeStefano

Praise for The Moth: 50 True Stories (Hyperion)

“[The stories] range from touching to just plain hilarious.”
- GQ Australia

“The stories not only maintain their oral integrity but take on new dimensions, allowing you to ponder a turn of events or swirl the language around in your head without missing the next part of the story.”
The New York Times Magazine

“It felt as if they had channeled these stories to me.”
The Chicago Tribune (Editor’s Pick)

“Burns, artistic director of the award-winning The Moth Radio Hour, frees stories whetted for a live audience onto the page, proving the richness of great storytelling: that one can gain as much as a member of an audience communally cringing, laughing and weeping, as a reader privately surrendering to the complicity of human experience.”
Publisher’s Weekly

“There are tales of saving lives, cheating death, losing at love, and winning at poker – proving that there’s nothing funnier, more surprising, or moving than other people’s true-life stories.”

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Kimberly Burns, Kimberly Burns PR

Praise for The Moth

“New York’s hottest and hippest literary ticket.”
The Wall Street Journal

The performances are enthralling, funny and moving.”
The Times of London

“The most memorable and hilarious narratives… and exuberant moveable feast.”
The Village Voice

“Quirky, passionate […] brilliant, and quietly addictive.”
The London Guardian

‘”Notorious for [its] rogue energy and droll unpredictability.”
Time Out New York

“Even in this frantic, wired age, we still crave the comforts of a heartfelt narrative.”
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
The Moth Press Kit is available for download.
For further information please contact:
Jenelle Pifer, Associate Producer