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Heart of Glass Reading & Signing


March 16th! Heart of Glass Reading and Book Signing

Hello Everyone!  Heart of Glass will be published on March 15th!  And I’m doing my first reading and book signing at the amazing Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena, California.  If you live in the Los Angeles area or are planning a visit, I’d love to see you there!  Reception to follow!


Hancock, New Hampshire Reading Today!


Today’s the day, New Englanders and New England Vacationers!  I’ll be reading from Chanel Bonfire, talking about crazy moms and surviving crazy moms and the saving grace of humor at the Hancock Town Library on Main Street in Hancock, NH 03449.  Stop by, I’d love to meet you and be happy to sign a book.  If you or a friend need a new copy, The Toadstool Bookshop of Peterborough will be on hand with fresh copies.  And afterwards we may stroll down the street to the historic Hancock Inn for a drink!  Hope to see you there!


New Hampshire Reading August 11th!

The Hancock Town Library, 25 Main Street, Hancock, NH 03449

New Englanders! or visitors to New England, I’ll be reading from Chanel Bonfire and talking to readers and answering questions about the book and about crazy moms and surviving crazy moms and life after crazy moms in New Hampshire this August.

Two hours from Boston and fifteen minutes from Peterborough, Hancock is a beautiful little New England town in New Hampshire’s spectacular Monadnock Region.

I’ll be reading at 7pm on August 11th. Peterborough’s Toadstool Bookshop will be there selling books and if you already have a copy, I’d be happy to sign it for you! Afterwards, we may all walk down the street to the historic Hancock Inn for a drink! I hope to see you there.

For more information on the library, inn and bookshop, click on the links below.


Los Angeles Area Reading and Discussion

Chanel Bonfire: A Memoir

With Wendy Lawless 

Monday, April 15, 7:00 p.m.

Central Library Auditorium
222 East Harvard Street
Glendale, CA 91205
Information: 818-548-2042

Actress and author Wendy Lawless discusses her stunning memoir about her unconventional, heartbreaking childhood with an unstable alcoholic and suicidal mother and the unusual strength that allowed her to rise above it all.

By the time Wendy Lawless turned seventeen, she’d known for quite some time that she didn’t have a normal mother. But that didn’t stop her from wanting one.

Georgann Rea didn’t bake cookies or go to PTA meetings; she wore a mink coat and always had a lit Dunhill plugged into her cigarette holder. She had slept with too many men, and some women, and she didn’t like dogs or children. Georgann had the ice queen beauty of a Hitchcock heroine and the cold heart to match.

In this evocative, darkly humorous memoir, Wendy deftly charts the highs and lows of growing up with her younger sister in the shadow of an unstable, fabulously neglectful mother. Georgann, a real-life Holly Golightly who constantly reinvents herself as she trades up from trailer-park to penthouse, suffers multiple nervous breakdowns and suicide attempts, while Wendy tries to hide the cracks in their fractured family from the rest of the world.

Chanel Bonfire depicts a childhood blazed through the refined aeries of The Dakota and the swinging townhouses of London, while the girls’ beautiful but damned mother desperately searches for glamour and fulfillment. Ultimately, they must choose between living their own lives and being their mother’s warden.

The program is sponsored by the Library, Arts & Culture Department.

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A terrific story from my local paper:,0,6937945.story

Special thanks to Liana Aghajanian for a wonderful write-up.  And don’t forget, I’ll be answering questions, reading and signing books at the Glendale Public Library on April 15th at 7PM.  See you there!


Thanks to everyone who came out for the event in West Hollywood last night!  And thanks to BookSoup!  It was a smashing success.  Looking forward to Books, Inc. in San Francisco on March 9th!

I wish I could get to every indie bookstore, everywhere!  Darn those pesky kids and their breakfasts, lunches, school activities and suppers!  But if your book group is planning to read Chanel, I’d be happy to do a Skype Q&A with you!  Just let me know via my email:  Thanks for reading!

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