September 8, 2018
2:00 - 4:00 PM
The Town Book Store will be hosting a Meet & Greet for Gerard Farrell, author of The Last Thunk on Saturday,
September 8th from 2:00-4:00 PM.
Gerard Farrell has worked in the magazine industry since the late ’90s for brands including The New Yorker, Rolling
Stone, Allure, and the ill-fated business magazine Condé Nast Portfolio. His short humor has appeared in the literary
anthology The Man Who Ate His Book, and he is a frequent contributor to the literary webzine Ducts. He lives in
Farmingdale, NY with his wife, Maricel, and their three children.
His novel, The Last Thunk, is one part pre-recession satire, one part diary of a marketing man coming undone. It is a story of betrayal and friendship, love and survival in the crazy, gritty, glamorous world of magazine advertising.
THUNK! It’s the sweet sound an ad-packed magazine makes when it’s dropped on a table. At glitzy Carlyle Nash Media, it’s the sound of success. And star publisher Mitch Blake has been happily hearing it for a decade. But when the heavily hyped debut issue of World Magazine gets panned in the press and advertisers start to flee, Mitch must control the damage. Can he right the ship and protect his reputation? Or will both be sunk by Paul Cavanaugh, a hard-drinking, paranoid, stress-prone staffer who has stolen an item Mitch needs back to avert disaster: a miniature beach ball.
If you are unable to attend this event, feel free to call The Town Book Store at (908) 233-3535 to reserve an autographed copy of The Last Thunk.
September 29, 2018
2:00 -4:00 PM
The Town Book Store will be hosting a Meet & Greet for Lisa Kohn, author of the memoir To The Moon and Back
A Childhood Under the Influence on Saturday, September 29th from 2:00-4:00 PM.
The best seats Lisa Kohn ever had at Madison Square Garden were at her mother’s mass wedding, and the best
cocaine she ever had was from her father’s friend, the judge.
Born to hippie parents and raised in New York City’s East Village in the 1970s, Lisa’s early years were a mixture of encounter groups, primal screams, macrobiotic diets, communes, Indian ashrams, Jefferson Airplane concerts in Central Park, and watching naked actors on off-Broadway stages during the musical Hair. By the time her older brother was ten, Lisa’s father had him smoking pot. By the time Lisa was ten, Lisa’s mother had them pledging their lives to the Unification Church (the “Moonies”) and self-appointed Messiah, Reverend Sun Myung Moon.
As a child Lisa knew the ecstatic comfort of inclusion in a cult and as a teenager the torment of rebelling against it. As an adult, Lisa struggled to break free from the hold of abuse and the scars in her heart, mind, and psyche—battling her own addictions and inner demons and searching her soul for a sense of self-worth. Told in spirited candor, to the moon and back reveals how one can leave behind absurdity and horror and create a life of intention and joy.
Lisa Kohn is an accomplished leadership consultant, executive coach, author, and keynote speaker with a strong business background and a creative approach. She has over 20 years of experience partnering with Fortune 500 clients in areas of leadership, communication styles, managing change, interpersonal and team dynamics, and strategy, as well as life balance and fulfillment.
If you are unable to attend this event, feel free to call The Town Book Store at (908) 233-3535 to reserve an autographed copy of To the Moon and Back: A Childhood Under the Influence.