Nora McInerny Purmort is a Minneapolis resident whose story, about her and her husband's life together after he was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer, is well known. That's thanks to her popular Twitter and Tumblr feeds, their live-streamed wedding, and the Spider-Man-themed obit they wrote together, which went viral after his death. But her local followers have rarely seen her live, as Tuesday's reading for her first book, It's Okay to Laugh (Crying Is Cool, Too)
, will be her first in the Twin Cities. She's an author whose informal, self-depreciating style draws readers in while demonstrating courage and candor. So expect lots of feels tonight, and maybe some poop and vomit jokes. Purmort often hears from readers who relate to her work because they have been through their own tough times but don't feel comfortable talking about it with their friends. She hopes the event becomes a place where people with similar stories can connect. "I want people to come to this reading and be able to better see one another, to be more comfortable with this inevitable discomfort, because this shit always happens to someone else until it happens to you," she says.