HarperCollins Speakers Bureau

Nora McInerny

Humorist, Essayist, and the Founder of the Hot Young Widows Club and non-profit organization Still Kickin


  • Humor, Grief and Loss (I’m a Widow, and Yeah, It’s Awkward and Often Humorous)
  • Making the Most of Your Life, Because Hi, We’re All Going to Die
  • Motherhood, Feminism and Being a Kickass Woman
  • Internet, Storytelling and Personal Narrative
  • Non-Profit Organization and Entrepreneurship: Finding Meaning in Work
  • Cancer, Brain Cancer, Death and Dying


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Nora McInerny is the host of the award-winning podcast Terrible, Thanks for Asking, co-founder of the Hot Young Windows Club, and the founder of the nonprofit Still Kickin. She has captured reader’s hearts through her acclaimed memoirs It’s Okay to Laugh (Dey Street), No Happy Endings (Dey Street), The Hot Young Widows Club and her novelization of the hit movie Bad Moms.

A dynamic storyteller McInerny’s keynotes she shares lessons and stories that leave the room with an impactful, heartwarming, and memorable experience. Intertwining the many facets of her work, McInerny brings forth a message that that will resonate and look at life in a new perspective.

McInerny’s writings have been published in Elle, Cosmopolitan, Time, Slate, Vox and more. Her TED talk, We don’t “move on” from on from grief. We move forward with it, was one of the top TED talks of 2019.

Praise for No Happy Endings:

"It’s a comforting read for those who have experienced losses, and an inspiring one for anyone looking to appreciate and see life from an exceptional angle… Her eloquent observations span subjects from casual sex to her feminist agenda to internet trolls, all the while pulling readers steadily through the beautiful chill of the Minnesota air under piercing blue skies.”
--Minneapolis Star Tribune

"This new book blends her forthright sense of humor, storytelling gifts, and astute observations—all set in addictive, caffeinated prose.”
--Minnesota Monthly

Powerful… Everyone faces tragedy. McInerny shows you how to do it with strength and grace."

"McInerny delivers a highly emotional—but not overly somber—story that will appeal to anyone who has suffered a significant loss and is seeking a path toward life's next chapter. Reflective and tender writing on finding new meanings and a different life after heartbreaking loss.”

Praise for It's Okay to Laugh:
"This story will compel you to both laugh and cry, just as the title promises. May we all bring Nora’s honesty, passion and hope to our lives.”
--Lena Dunham

"An emotional rollercoaster of the highest order...It’s Okay to Laugh is that rare gem of a read, equal parts heartwarming and hysterical, that’ll make you laugh out loud, only to leave you tearing up a few pages later. I can’t recommend it highly enough.”
--Lincoln Thompson, Buzzfeed

"This gorgeous and insightful memoir holds up the lens to mortality and leaves us with a reminder to make every moment count and value what is truly precious: time-and laughter."
--Refinery 29

It’s Okay to Laugh is...an unapologetic tale of heartbreak and loss that is devoid of platitudes. I found myself laughing through my tears, but that’s the real experience of profound morning, and she nails it. Nora is the Anne Lamott for the emoji generation.”
--Rebecca Soffer, writer, Modern Loss co-founder

"A natural storyteller, Nora’s words will make you laugh and cry all in the same paragraph. She transforms what would be a heart-breaking memoir into a life-affirming anthem."
--David Gallaher, author of The Only Living Boy Series