Brandi Carlile celebrates "Broken Horses" with virtual book tour next month

Article Contributed by Sacks and Company | Published on Wednesday, March 31, 2021

In celebration of her highly anticipated forthcoming memoir, Broken Horses, six-time GRAMMY Award-winning singer, songwriter, musician and producer Brandi Carlile will hold a series of special virtual events next month.

The “Broken Horses Virtual Book Tour” kicks off April 6—the same day her memoir is released—and will feature exclusive conversations between Carlile and special guests Glennon Doyle, Leslie Jordan, Dolly Parton, Pete Souza and Tara Westover, a version of “The Gaylywed Game” hosted by Leslie Jordan with Carlile and her wife Catherine playing against guest opponents Glennon Doyle and Abby Wambach, an appearance as part of the 92nd Street Y’s new series, “From Nashville—Music Talks with Hunter Kelly,” and, finally on April 17, a “Book and a Bottle Pajama Party” featuring wine from and in partnership with Carlile’s XOBC Cellars.

The conversations, all held beginning at 8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT, will be hosted on the Veeps platform and Carlile’s conversation with Hunter Kelly will stream via 92Y. Tickets for all of the events, which include a copy of the book, are on-sale now via See below for complete schedule.

Out April 6 from Crown—an imprint of the Random House Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC—Broken Horses tells Carlile’s own story, opening up about the events of her life that have shaped her music, and the music that has shaped her life, and is already receiving widespread advance acclaim:

“Throughout the narrative, Carlile shows acute grace and clarity as she follows her navigation of certain rites of passage….With plenty more likely to come, the memoir ends on a high note. An intimate, life-affirming look at a musician whose artistic journey is far from over.”
—Kirkus Reviews (*starred review*)

“I thought I knew Brandi through her music and friendship, but I didn’t truly know her until I finished the last page of Broken Horses. I don’t think I truly knew myself until I finished the last page of Broken Horses. I read much of it with my palms sweating, heart swelling, tears falling. This book is a gift from Brandi’s soul to the reader’s. Broken Horses will go down as one of the great memoirs of our time.”
—Glennon Doyle, author of Untamed

“I fell in love with Brandi’s voice, and then serendipity took over and I fell in love with the artist, the writer, and the woman. I believe we were fated to be true soul mates. Reading this book confirms my love and respect for her. If anyone ever has a doubt in their mind that the wildest of dreams can be realized from complicated circumstances, they should read Brandi’s story. It is about perseverance, humor, forgiveness, and manifestation. 
I absolutely loved it.” 

—Elton John, author of Me 

“A good storyteller tells you about their life. A great storyteller guides you so deep into their heart that you actually end up seeing yourself. Brandi is one of the most gifted and generous storytellers of our time. Broken Horses led me right into Brandi’s heart, and my own.” 

—Brené Brown, author of Daring Greatly

In addition to her work as a musician and writer, Carlile is a founder of the Looking Out Foundation. Created in 2008 with longtime bandmates Tim and Phil Hanseroth, Looking Out amplifies the impact of music by empowering those without a voice with varied initiatives including campaigns focused on Children in Conflict/War Child, The IF Project, Fund Racial Justice and more. To date, they have raised over $2 million for grassroots causes.



April 6—A Conversation with Leslie Jordan (with Books-A-Million)

April 7—A Conversation with Glennon Doyle (with Books & Books, Miami) 

April 8—A Conversation with Dolly Parton (with Parnassus Books, Nashville) 

April 9—A Conversation with Pete Souza (with Loyalty Books, Washington DC)

April 12—A Conversation with Tara Westover (with The Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle)

April 13—“The Gaylywed Game” feat. Brandi & Catherine Carlile vs. Glennon Doyle & Abby Wambach, hosted by Leslie Jordan (with Book Soup, Los Angeles)

April 15—“From Nashville—Music Talks with Hunter Kelly” (presented by 92Y with Barnes & Noble)

April 17—Book and a Bottle Pajama Party (presented by XOBC Cellars via Libro.FM and Women & Children First, Chicago)