Joni Iraci: Reinventing Jenna Rose (w/ Tom Santopietro)
Wednesday August 21: 7:00PM – 8:00PM
This event is free to attend--please RSVP here. Copies of Reinventing Jenna Rose will be available for purchase at the event. The event will be located in the Strand's Rare Book Room on the third floor at our store at 828 Broadway at 12th Street.
Doors open 30 minutes before showtime.
Reinventing Jenna Rose propels the reader on a fast-paced journey through the life of a young woman who’s determined to realize her self-worth and overcome a childhood broken by multiple traumas. Left alone after her parent’s divorce, Jenna uncovers evidence of a grandmother living in New York City. Without telling a soul she decides to board a plane and travel across country, landing on the Manhattan doorstep of her affluent maternal grandmother. A street-smart New York neighbor girl, a quirky therapist, a white German Shepherd and a story-telling grandmother, join forces to help Jenna overcome the hardships of her past and the shattering family secrets that soon come to light. This sad, funny, quirky novel is infused with humor and literary references while relating a multi-generational family saga and legal thriller in the voice of a courageous young woman.
Joni Marie Iraci is a retired Registered Nurse who raised three children before returning to college in her late fifties to pursue a life-long dream of becoming a writer. She earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies with a concentration in writing and literature from Sarah Lawrence College before earning an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University at the age of 66. “Distractions” and other short stories can be found in the online literary journals: ReviewAmericana.com and BeneaththeRainbow.com as well as The Grief Diaries.com. She is currently working on a collection of short stories about writers, a novel called The Vatican Daughter, and a work-in-progress science fiction story called, “Mercury in Retrograde.” She lives in New York with her husband, two catered-to dogs, a diva cat and the four lovable stray cats who wandered into her life.
Tom Santopietro is the author of seven books: Why To Kill a Mockingbird Matters; Barbara Cook: Then and Now; the best selling The Sound of Music Story; The Godfather Effect: Changing Hollywood, America, and Me; Sinatra in Hollywood; Considering Doris Day (a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice;) and The Importance of Being Barbra. A frequent media commentator in programs ranging from the PBS documentary The Italian Americans to the Jimmy van Heusen biography, Swingin’ With Frank & Bing, Tom conducts monthly interviews for Barnes and Noble and lectures on classic films. Over the past thirty years he has managed more than two dozen Broadway shows.