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Wendy Lawless at the West Hollywood Book Fair

The program schedule is out for the 2013 West Hollywood Book Fair on Sunday, September 29th in West Hollywood Park.  

I’ll be appearing on a terrific panel called “MEMOIR: FAMILY TIES” at the Behind the Screens Stage at 1:30PM.

The panel will be moderated by Rachel Resnick great writer and author of, among others, LOVE JUNKIE.  CHANEL BONFIRE and I will be sharing the stage with Scott C. Johnson (THE WOLF AND THE WATCHMAN), Linda Daly (THE LAST PILGRIMAGE) and James Brown (THE LOS ANGELES DIARIES).

I hope to see you there!


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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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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