By Wendi Aarons
We here at The Queso believe that October is the perfect time for entertaining. The weather’s a little cooler, the leaves are turning color, and we’re ready to just kick back, put on a sweater, and celebrate Autumn by shoving massive quantities of fish sticks and cheese into our pie holes. Care to join us?
Announcing FISHSTICKS AND QUESO: The Party*. (*Not to be confused with FISHSTICKS AND QUESO: The Crime Fighting Grocery Store Duo. We are currently trying to trademark that and sell NBC on the pilot, so no stealing!)
Yes, your favorite people from The Queso, and even the ones you don’t care for a whole lot, are hosting a night of laughs, literature and lukewarm fish on October 16th! Join us at BookPeople in Austin as we welcome one of our favorite-est funny women, Mary Laura Philpott.
ML (as we like to call Mary Laura because we’re like, super tight) is a columnist and speaker who has written for The New York Times, Huffington Post, The Toast, and USA Today. She is the social media director of Nashville’s independent bookstore, Parnassus Books, as well as the founding editor of its online magazine, Musing. She lives in Nashville with her husband, two children, and two wicked pooches named Woodstock and Eleanor Roosevelt.
And now here’s a little Q&A between Wendi and ML
1. If you could be any kind of penguin, what kind would you be?
The one that lives on the spine of Penguin Books. That bird gets to go everywhere.
2. Why is Texas the best state in the world?
Because it’s like Tennessee but with an ocean.
3. Why are there no penguins in Texas?
I’m not qualified to speak on immigration issues.
4. What is your favorite humor book?
My publicist would probably appreciate it if I said it’s mine, but come on — David Sedaris all the way.
5. Who is your favorite humor writer named Wendi Aarons?
6. What does “queso” mean in Spanish?
I believe it means, “Whose bicycle is this?”
7. What does “queso” mean in Arabic?
“It’s my bicycle, actually.”
8. What would a penguin do if you rubbed her tummy?
One of my penguins, you mean? Probably slap you. Most of my penguins are at least partially based on me, and I cannot stand to have my stomach touched. Also, I’m going to need you to take about five steps back right now.
9. Is Danny DeVito the sexiest penguin of all time?
You can take the question mark right off that statement.
10. What is your best fish dessert recipe?
I would say Swedish Fish, but if you’re really into gummies, the best thing to do is to fill a Solo cup with Trader Joe’s “Gummy Tummies” penguins and just tip it back into your face. I did this before a book signing in Memphis, and I think the audience was impressed with how amazingly fast and high my voice was when I was superjacked on straight sugar. My teeth vibrated for a week.
See? Told you she was funny. So, mark your calendar, hire a sitter, and come out for a night of cheesy fish! And fishy cheese! And fishy, cheesy people! Wait. Maybe not that last one. But there will be sangria, humor, laughs, and lots of books! It will be the best night you’ve ever had in your life, and that’s not a load of hyperbole, either.