Mr Know-It-All: John Waters

In conversation + book signing (SOLD-OUT)

Monday, 11th November 2019

Rough Trade East

Doors 6:00pm
On-stage 7:00pm
Signing after show

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John Waters will be in-store at Rough Trade East for a very special Q&A with Caroline O’Donoghue discussing his new book Mr Know-It-All, released 5th September by Corsair Books.

Join Pop culture icon, New York Times bestselling author and renowned filmmaker of such cult masterpieces as Hairspray, Pink Flamingos, and Serial Mom, John Waters at Rough Trade East in conversation with Caroline O’Donoghue to discuss his new book Mr Know-It-All.


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Pre-order a Book + ticket to guarantee your place at this limited capacity event, and we will have your book & wristband for the signing queue, ready and waiting to collect from 10am on the day of this event.



10.00am | Store opens & Book + tickets are ready to collect

5.30pm | Store closes for this event

6.00pm | Doors open for Book + Ticket collection / entry

7.00pm | On-stage Q&A starts with John Waters in-conversation with Caroline O'Donoghue

8.00pm | Book signing starts

*These times are subject to change, please arrive early to avoid disappointment.


Mr Know-It-All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder

No one knows more about everything – especially everything rude, clever, and offensively compelling – than John Waters. The man in the pencil-thin moustache, auteur of the transgressive movie classics Pink Flamingos, Polyester, the original Hairspray, Cry-Baby, and A Dirty Shame, is one of the world's great sophisticates, and in Mr Know-It-All he serves it up raw: how to fail upward in Hollywood; how to develop musical taste from Nervous Norvus to Maria Callas; how to build a home so ugly and trendy that no one but you would dare live in it; more importantly, how to tell someone you love them without emotional risk; and yes, how to cheat death itself.

Through it all, Waters swears by one undeniable truth: ‘Whatever you might have heard, there is absolutely no downside to being famous. None at all.’ Studded with cameos of Waters's stars, from Divine and Mink Stole to Johnny Depp, Kathleen Turner, Patricia Hearst, and Tracey Ullman, and illustrated with unseen photos from Waters's personal collection, Mr Know-It-All is Waters's most hypnotically readable, upsetting, revelatory book – another instant Waters classic.

John Waters

John Waters is an American filmmaker, actor, writer and visual artist best know for his cult films, including Hairspray, Pink Flamingos and Cecil B. Demented. His books include Role Models, Carsick, Make Trouble and Mr Know-It-All. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

Caroline O'Donoghue

Caroline O'Donoghue is an Irish author, journalist and host of the award-nominated podcast Sentimental Garbage. She has contributed to Grazia, Irish Times, Irish Examiner, Buzzfeed, Vice and The Times. On publication of her first novel, Promising Young Women, in 2018 she was shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards' Newcomer of the Year and the Kate O'Brien Award.

Her next adult novel, Scenes of a Graphic Nature, will be published in 2020 followed by All Our Hidden Gifts, a novel for young adults published by Walker, in 2021. She was born in Cork but currently lives in London with her partner and a terrier with chronic eye problems.


John Waters will be at SHOUT Festival in association with Birmingham Hippodrome for This Filthy World: Celebrating the Film Career of ‘The Pope of Trash’ on Wednesday 13th November.