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Mikel Jollett Book Launch

May 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

- $39.00

The Book Cellar is thrilled to host the frontman of The Airborne Toxic Event, Mikel Jollett, as he launches his memoir, Hollywood Park.

Mikel will be in conversation discussing the book. Following the talk, attendees will have the chance to meet and greet Mikel and get their book signed.

This event takes place at Everybody’s Coffee and tickets are required (Tickets come with a signed copy of the book). Purchase at Brown Paper Tickets.

HOLLYWOOD PARK is a remarkable memoir of a tumultuous life. Mikel Jollett was born into one of the country’s most infamous cults and subjected to a childhood filled with poverty, addiction, and emotional abuse. Yet, ultimately, his is a story of fierce love and family loyalty told in a raw, poetic voice that signals the emergence of a uniquely gifted writer.

‘We were never young. We were just too afraid of ourselves. No one told us who we were or what we were or where all our parents went. They would arrive like ghosts, visiting us for a morning, an afternoon. They would sit with us or walk around the grounds, to laugh or cry or toss us in the air while we screamed. Then they’d disappear again, for weeks, for months, for years, leaving us alone with our memories and dreams, our questions and confusion.”

So begins Hollywood Park, Mikel Jollett’s remarkable memoir. His story opens in an experimental commune in California, which later morphed into the Church of Synanon, one of the country’s most infamous and dangerous cults.  Per the leaders’ mandate, all children, including Jollett and his older brother, were separated from their parents when they were six months old and handed over to the cult’s school.  After spending years in what was essentially an orphanage, Mikel escaped the cult one morning with his mother and older brother.  But in many ways, life outside Synanon was even harder and more erratic.

In his raw, poetic, and powerful voice, Jollett portrays a childhood filled with abject poverty, trauma, emotional abuse, delinquency, and the lure of drugs and alcohol. Raised by a clinically depressed, narcissistic mother, tormented by his angry older brother, subjected to the unpredictability of troubled step-fathers and longing for contact with his father, a former heroin addict and ex-con, Jollett slowly, often painfully, builds a life that leads him to Stanford University and, eventually, to finding his voice as a writer and musician.

Hollywood Park is told at first through the limited perspective of a child and then broadens as Jollett begins to understand the world around him. Although Mikel Jollett’s story is filled with heartbreak, it is ultimately an unforgettable portrayal of love at its fiercest and most loyal.

About Mikel Jollett:

Mikel Jollett is the frontman of the indie band The Airborne Toxic Event. Prior to forming the band, Jollett graduated with honors from Stanford University. He was an on-air columnist for NPR’s All Things Considered, an editor-at-large for Men’s Health and an editor at Filter magazine. His fiction has been published in McSweeney’s.

Details

Date:
May 11
Time:
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cost:
$39.00
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Website:
https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4429523

Organizer

The Book Cellar
Phone:
773-293-2665
Email:
words@bookcellarinc.com
Website:
http://www.bookcellarinc.com

Venue

Everybody’s Coffee
935 W. Wilson Ave
Chicago, IL 60640 United States
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Website:
everybodyscoffee.com

Details

Date:
May 11
Time:
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cost:
$39.00
Event Category:
Event Tags:
, , , ,
Website:
https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4429523

Organizer

The Book Cellar
Phone:
773-293-2665
Email:
words@bookcellarinc.com
Website:
http://www.bookcellarinc.com

Venue

Everybody’s Coffee
935 W. Wilson Ave
Chicago, IL 60640 United States
+ Google Map
Website:
everybodyscoffee.com