Crying in H Mart - An Evening with Michelle Zauner


Event details

Date/Time Tue, Apr 4 @ 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location Music Box Theatre
3733 North Southport Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60613
Admission $20

Event description


Two years after the release of her acclaimed memoir, Crying in H Mart, WBEZ is honored to host Michelle Zauner for an in-person discussion on Tuesday, April 4 at the historic Music Box Theatre.

In an exquisite story of family, food, grief, and endurance, Zauner proves herself as far more than a dazzling singer, songwriter, and guitarist best known for fronting the band Japanese Breakfast. With humor and heart, she describes growing up as one of the few Asian American kids at her school in Eugene, Oregon; struggling with her mother’s high expectations of her; and treasured months spent in her grandmother’s tiny apartment in Seoul where Zauner and her mother would bond over heaping plates of food.

As she moved to the East Coast for college, began performing gigs with her fledgling band and met the man who would become her husband, Zauner’s Korean identity began to feel ever more distant — even as she found the life she wanted to live. It was her mother’s diagnosis of terminal cancer that inspired her to reclaim the gifts of taste, language, and history her mother had given her.

Since the release of Crying in H Mart, Zauner has begun the process of adapting her memoir into a feature film — all while earning Grammy nominations for her work with Japanese Breakfast and recording a score for the stylish sci-fi video game, Sable.

A limited number of VIP tickets will be available with purchase of the paperback. The VIP package includes the opportunity to meet Michelle Zauner, have your book(s) personalized, and a photo opportunity.

WBEZ is proud to partner with Exile in Bookville on this event. Pre-signed copies of the paperback, Crying in H Mart, will be available for purchase.


Michelle Zauner

Michelle Zauner is best known as a singer and guitarist who creates dreamy, shoegaze-inspired indie pop under the name Japanese Breakfast. She has won acclaim from major music outlets around the world for releases like Psychopomp (2016) and Soft Sounds from Another Planet

(2017). Her most recent album, Jubilee (2021), earned two GRAMMY nominations for Best New Artist and Best Alternative Music Album. Her first book, Crying in H Mart, is a New York Times Best Seller. She’s currently adapting the memoir for the screen for MGM’s Orion Pictures.

Eunji Kim

Eunji Kim is a comedian and writer based in Chicago. She was a Senior Writer for Cards Against Humanity and can be seen performing stand-up at The Lincoln Lodge, Laugh Factory and all sorts of bar. She recently performed a solo show entitled, IN BAD TASTE, as a part of Steppenwolf Theater’s 2022 LookOut Series. She was a 2017 Bob Curry Fellow at Second City and a featured performer in the 2017 NBCUniversal Break Out Festival. Her TV credits include: Chicago Fire (NBC), Chicago Med (NBC), Work In Progress (Showtime) and Best In Dough (Hulu).

Michelle’s Socials:

IG: @jbrekkie; Twitter: @jbrekkie; FB: @japanesebreakfast

Covid-19: Masks strongly encouraged.


No Refunds

Open captions will be provided.