New John Waters Book ‘Make Trouble’ to be Published in April

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April 11 is shaping up to be a day when all Hades breaks loose.

That’s the publication date set for Make Trouble, artist and filmmaker John Waters’ new book offering advice for recent college graduates, artists and anyone else “seeking happiness and success on their own terms.”

Make Trouble is an illustrated copy of the commencement speech Waters, 70, gave to graduates of the Rhode Island School of Design in 2015. That same day, he received an honorary doctorate degree and become Dr. Waters.

In his speech, which went viral online, Waters encouraged the RISD graduates to go out in the world and “horrify us with new ideas” and told the graduates that after four years in college, “it’s your turn to cause trouble – but this time in the real world and this time from the inside.”

Algonquin Books acquired the book rights to the speech and enlisted Eric Hanson to illustrate it. Waters said he hopes it becomes “the perfect graduation gift from parents to their troubled children who have been driving them crazy for years.

Make Trouble is 80 pages long and has a list price of $14.95. It’s the first of three books that Waters has been working on. The others are Mr. Know It All, a collection of essays about avoiding respectability at 70, and LIARMOUTH, a novel about people who steal suitcases at airports. They’ll be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Make Trouble will be out 11 days before Water’s 71st birthday.

Waters also has a series of speaking engagements lined up during the first several months of 2017. Stops include: Madison, Wisc., on Feb. 3; Seattle on Feb. 13; Portland, Ore., on Feb. 14; Durham, N.C., on March 9; Charleston, S.C., on March 10; Cincinnati on March 17; New Orleans on March 18; Edison, N.J., on April 1; and Ada, Okla., on May 19.

He’ll also be speaking in Philadelphia at the Parkway Central Library, located at 1901 Vine Street, on April 29 at 7:30 p.m. Everyone with a ticket will receive a copy of Make Trouble.

Ed Gunts

Ed Gunts

Ed Gunts is a local freelance writer and the former architecture critic for The Baltimore Sun.
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