Our Story

Lip Service is true stories out loud, created by Andrea Askowitz and Esther Martinez. Every quarter, Books & Books hosts the most popular literary event in Miami at the Miracle Theater in Coral Gables to sold-out crowds. Eight people, eight stories, eight minutes each. The stories are hilarious, heartbreaking, poignant, embarrassing, inspiring and all true.

Lip Service lets you become a voyeur. It’s like listening to someone reading his or her diary. Lip Service is a mix of theater and literature. The stories are edited and rehearsed, but you never really know what you’re going to get until you get it. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll cringe. And you are guaranteed to feel inspired to tell your own story.

You can submit your story to Lip Service. Everyone has a story, what’s yours?

Lip service is created by:

Andrea Askowitz
Andrea loves to tell stories. She’s the author of My Miserable, Lonely Lesbian Pregnancy (Cleis Press) and her work has appeared in various publications including Salon.com and The New York Times.  She teaches memoir writing at Miami Dade College and Lip Service Institute.  She’s a native Miamian.

Esther Martinez
Esther is a writer, storyteller, and freelance editor. She studied literature-writing at Columbia University and is a completing her creative writing MFA at FIU.  Her work has appeared in various publications including The Columbia Observer, Newsday, and the Daily Beast.  She grew up in Miami.

Books & Books
Several years ago, Andrea Askowitz was sitting in the café at Books & Books.  She’d just moved to Miami from Los Angeles where she spent many years listening to and telling stories to live audiences in bookstores, bars, theaters, wherever.  She started a conversation with a bearded man in black jeans and a button down.  Andrea asked him where someone could tell or hear live stories in South Florida.  The man turned out to be Mitchell Kaplan, the owner of Books & Books.  Mitchell suggested telling stories at Books & Books.  So, on November 2, 2006, Lip Service was born.

Ebony Montenegro
Ebony is our new web monkey.