I'm excited to share what Marci Klane, my partner in crime as an educator and artist, and I have been kicking up in our rodeo at Whoa Nelly Press, a small press we created to publish unheard voices and run writing programs for underserved youth and adults. We came up with the idea after I wrote "The Opposite of Hollywood" and decided that I wanted to not only have more control over the publication of my book, but also be able to use the proceeds to provide workshops for underserved writers whose voices Marci and I believe need to be heard. The creation of our press was also inspired by my nonprofit Write and Rise, fiscally sponsored by Intersection for the Arts, through which people who are incarcerated or targeted for incarceration have the opportunity to express their experiences in writing. Through my workshops with these writers and the publication of "Only the Dead Can Kill: Stories from Jail," generously funded by the Creative Work Fund, we witnessed what a powerful impact publishing their stories and poems had on the writers as well as the public, including families, communities, correctional and police officers, teachers, social workers, and readers in general. It inspired us to broaden this work to provide an arena for a wide variety of voices of unheard writers, including children and youth, to be expressed and heard. Please giddy on up to our corral and see what we have cooking!
I'm sorry for the confusion about the date of the book launch of The Opposite of Hollywood, which is now set in stone for October 6th at 6pm at the San Francisco Public Library (Main). Unfortunately it had to be changed twice (first because of the delay in printing, and second because it fell on Yom Kippur, the most holy day of the year for several people who want to come). I do hope you forgive the confusion, and I do hope you can make it. Many thanks for bearing with the ebb and flow of a novel giving birth!
Please come to celebrate the book launch of
The Opposite of Hollywood! Everyone welcome!
When: October 6th at 6pm
Where: The Latino Room
San Francisco Public Library (Main)
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
My autobiographical novel, The Opposite of Hollywood, is being published this summer by Whoa Nelly Press. Please join us to celebrate the book launch on September 22nd at 6pm at the San Francisco Public Library (Main) in the Latino Reading Room!
San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco CA 94102-4733
(415) 557-4433 (TTY)
While I've been busy writing The Opposite of Hollywood, a novel about my childhood being raised by a Mafia-connected father on the lam, my brother Roland, a brilliant composer and musician, has been busy composing Lansky, the Mob's Money Man, a commissioned concert drama about Jewish Mafia boss Meyer Lansky that will premier in London on April 27th. My brother reveals the connection between my father and Lansky in his London Jazz interview. I hope you can check it out!
Please save the date! The book launch of The Opposite of Hollywood is on June 8th at 6pm at the San Francisco Public Library (Main), 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco 94102 (Latino Room). More details will be posted soon!
I had the wonderful opportunity to be interviewed on Culture Connect TV by Audrey Ray Daniel. Check it out!
Hope you can make it! All proceeds from sales of The Opposite of Hollywood, after costs, go towards writing programs and publications for underserved writers. Please check out Whoa Nelly Press!
Book Launch of The Opposite of Hollywood on October 6th!
Please come to celebrate on October 6th at 6pm in the Latino Room at the San Francisco Public LIbrary (Main)!