Annabelle Gurwitch, 2022 - Photo by Jeff Vespa
Photo by Jeff Vespa

Annabelle Gurwitch is a master storyteller, performer and activist.

She’s a New York Times Bestselling author of five essay collections, whose most recent work You’re Leaving When? Adventures in Downward Mobility is a 2021 New York Times Favorite Book for Healthy Living, a Good Morning America Must Read and a finalist for The Thurber Prize for American Humor Writing 2022. Her first personal journalist work is supported by The Economic Hardship Reporting Project, founded by her mentor and friend Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed. 

Gurwitch has written for The New Yorker, New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and Hadassah. Her books include The New York Times bestseller and Thurber Prize finalist I See You Made an Effort. She won a loyal comedic following during her seven seasons as co-host of Dinner & a Movie on TBS and as a commentator on NPR. Acting credits include: Seinfeld, Murphy Brown, Dexter, playing a rabbi on Better Things, and most recently Michael Bay’s Ambulance. She performs on The Moth Mainstage, Carolines on B’way, at arts centers around the country and has been featured in Time Magazine’s annual “10 Ideas That are Changing the World,” GMA, Real Time with Bill Maher, CBS Early Morning, Oprah, and PBS Newshour.

Gurwitch uses her essays and live talks to support causes including housing insecurity, bridging economic insecurity, and is currently chronicling living with stage iv lung cancer and inequities in healthcare since her out-of-the-blue diagnosis during covid in the New York Times, Washington Post, and in keynotes at scientific conferences in Vienna, Rome, and Brisbane. She co-hosts Tiny Victories, a (tiny) podcast dedicated to cultivating an appreciation of minor triumphs and small mercies.

Annabelle’s latest books

You're Leaving When (cover) - Annabelle Gurwitch
“You’re Leaving When?” is a GMA Must-Read and a New York Times WELL Favorite Book for Healthy Living. “This is a story about harnessing resilience and learning how life’s disappointments can teach you about the things that matter most.” -Tara Parker Pope, New York Times
“A vivacious, hilarious, madcap memoir.” – O Magazine

More from Annabelle Gurwitch

Read Annabelle’s perspective article for the Washington Post: The end of my life was killing me.

NPR Author Interview: Annabelle Gurwitch’s Mid-Life Maelstrom: Divorce, Cancer, ‘Downward Mobility’

Annabelle speaking to Bill Maher on Downward Mobility


Annabelle’s TEDx Talk:

    Upcoming Workshops taught by Annabelle Gurwitch