Book Case Literary Salon #1 Oct 1st, 2013. Live at the Underground, located 955 West End Avenue (corner with West 107th Street). Subway: #1 to 103 rd or 110th St. Salon starts at 7 pm. Tickets: $20. Book Case TV host, Frederic Colier, takes to the stage to discuss “Swimming in the Fishbowl,” an evening with authors Slash Coleman, Ilana Garon, and Ophira Eisenberg, who will participate in a lively conversation about their new published memoirs and diaries, and share a thought or two about their unique outlook on life.
Slash Coleman, author of “The Bohemian Love Diaries.” Descended from a posse of off-beat immigrants and raised in the capital of the Confederacy during the ’70 and ‘80s, young slash sets out to find true love while remaining true to his creative spirit. Unfortunately, he’s his own worst enemy . . .
Award-winning storyteller Slash Coleman produced and starred in the PBS special “The Neon Man.” He writes a blog for Psychology Today, is a regular contributor to Storytelling magazine and has appeared on NPR series, “How Artists Make Money.”
Ilana Garon, author of “Why Do Only White People Get Abducted by Aliens?” To understand the plight of our public school, political correctness needs to get taken out with last week’s cafeteria leftovers. Ilana discards the “teacher-hero,” illusion found in popular culture. Ilana Garon is an English teacher at a public high school in the Bronx. She also writes about education issues for Dissent Magazine, Huffington Post, and Education Week.
Ophira Eisenberg, author of “Screw Everyone: Sleeping my Way to Monogamy.” Believing she could outsmart and out-bed them all, Ophira approached dating like a science experiment . . . Ophira will bare it out, saying yes to everyone and everything, hoping to find the “real thing” eventually . . .
A stand-up comedian, writer, and host of NPR’s new weekly trivia show, “Ask Me Another,” Ophira Eisenberg has appeared on the “Late Late show with Craig Ferguson,” Comedy Central, VH1, E! and TV Guide Network.
Book Case Literary Salon #2, October 29th, 2013. Live at the Underground, located 955 West End Avenue (corner with West 107th Street). Subway: #1 to 103 rd or 110th St. Salon starts at 7 pm. Tickets: $. Book Case TV host, Frederic Colier, takes to the stage to discuss the part #2 of “Swimming in the Fishbowl,” with authors: Deborah Copaken Kogan, “The Red Book;” Lodro Rinzler, “Walk Like a Buddha;” and Andrew Gross, “No Way Back.”
The main characters of Deborah Copaken Kogan “The Red Book,” like all Harvard grads, have kept abreast of one another via the red book, a class report published every five years, containing alumni autobiographical essays. But there’s the story we tell the world, and then there’s the real story, as these former classmates will learn during their twentieth reunion, a relationship-changing, score-settling, unforgettable weekend.
Best selling author Deborah Copaken Kogan, “The Red Book,” sparked a firestorm with her explosive essay in the Nation, and her experience as a 21st-century female author was marked by slut-shaming, name-calling and an enduring lack of respect. After working as a war photographer, and publishing several books, notably “Shutterbabe,” Deborah is back to the frontline with a moving novel.
Lodro Rinzler, “Walk Like a Buddha,” very much a figure of Generation Y, speaks more candidly and honestly than most to the growing number of people in this country who, as the recent Pew Forum on Religion cited in 2012, consider themselves spiritual but not religious. His book is packed with advices for the everyday spirituality.
Lodro Rinzler’s advice and relationship columns appear regularly in the Huffington Post and Marie Claire online, and he has been featured in numerous publications, including Tricycle and the Shambhala Sun, Bloomberg Businessweek and Real Simple.
In Andrew Gross, “No Way Back,” Wendy Gould is an attractive mother and wife, who after a spat with her husband, strikes up a conversation with a charismatic stranger. While struggling with her senses after ending in his hotel room, she becomes the witness of the horrifying killing of the charismatic stranger. Now she has to run away to save herself and prove her innocence . . . Everyone believes she committed the murder.
Andrew Gross is the author of the NYT and International Bestsellers, “15 Seconds,” “Eyes Wide Open,” “The Blue Zone,” “The Dark Tide,” “Don’t Look Twice,” and “Reckless.” He is also the co-author of five #1 bestsellers with James Patterson. His books have been translated into more than twenty-five languages.
Book Case Literary Salon #3, Nov 12, 2013: Live at the Underground, located 955 West End Avenue (corner with West 107th Street). Subway: #1 to 103 rd or 110th St. Salon starts at 7 pm. Ticket: FREE. Book Case TV host, Frederic Colier, takes to the stage to discuss part 3 of “Swimming in the Fishbowl,” an evening with Irish authors Peter Murphy, Paul Lynch, and US, Julie Mannix von Zerneck and Kathy Hatfield, who will participate in a lively conversation about their new published books and memoir, and share a thought or two about their unique outlook on life.
In “Secret Storms,” Julie Mannix von Zerneck and Kathy Hatfield are mother and daughter, lost and found. Their memoir narrates their extraordinary true story of how they were separated at Kathy’s birth and reunited only forty-three years later. Julie, a pregnant upper-class 19 year-old from Philadelphia is confined against her will to a state mental hospital after she refused to abort. On April 19th 1964, she gives birth to a little girl and is forced to give her up for adoption.
Julie Mannix von Zerneck worked as an actress on Broadway and TV for many years and now collects rare and antic books. Kathy Hatfield teaches high school World Literature in Florida.
Set in the small town of Murn, Ireland, up-and-coming literary talent, Peter Murphy‘s second novel, “The River and Enoch O’Reilly tells the tale of Enoch O’Reilly, Elvis Impersonator, self-made preacher, and the nine mysterious deaths caused by the flooding of the town’s river Rua. Enoch, an ex-seminarian doesn’t believe in God but instead prays to Elvis.
Peter Murphy is a rock critic and the founder of the spoken-word music ensemble the Revelator Orchestra, based on his first novel, “John the Revelator.” His articles have appeared in Rolling Stone, The Irish Times amongst others.
“Red Sky in the Morning,” from, first-time author Paul Lynch, is a novel which opens in1832. Coll Coyle, a new father and small farmer, has incurred the wrath of the owner of the land that he works. Events escalate. He goes on the run, pursued by the landowner’s manager, John Faller. Lynch describes Faller as the “incarnation of rational evil.” There can be no emotional engagement with him. He is a clever and deeply logical man. As the book unfolds, we see how he will utilize any circumstance to advance his cause.
Paul Lynch is from the small town of Carndonough on the Inishowen Peninsula in County Donegal, Ireland. Inishowen is a mountain and bogland is surrounded by the sea, remote from the rest of the country. His first novel was sold at auction in the UK.