Jami Attenberg Book Signing at SMU

Jami Attenberg presents Saint Mazie

11 – 11:30 a.m. Author’s Reception. Cost, $30 (includes signed book and lunch). RSVP required.
11:30 a.m. Complimentary light buffet. RSVP required.
12 p.m. FREE Lecture and book signing. RSVP not required.

Hughes-Trigg Student Center (3140 Dyer Street, SMU Campus)
Parking is available for this event on Bishop Blvd.
Please park on the left side of the street. View parking map.

RSVP required for paid reception and complimentary lunch.
RSVP deadline: Friday, October 30.
If you wish to attend the lecture only, seating will begin at 11:55 am.

Books will be available for purchase at this event.

About the book: Meet Mazie Phillips: big-hearted and bawdy, she’s the truth-telling proprietress of The Venice, the famed New York City movie theater. It’s the Jazz Age, with romance and booze aplenty–even when Prohibition kicks in–and Mazie never turns down a night on the town. But her high spirits mask a childhood rooted in poverty, and her diary, always close at hand, holds her dearest secrets.

When the Great Depression hits, Mazie’s life is on the brink of transformation. Addicts and bums roam the Bowery; homelessness is rampant. If Mazie won’t help them, then who? When she opens the doors of The Venice to those in need, this ticket taking, fun-time girl becomes the beating heart of the Lower East Side, and in defining one neighborhood helps define the city.

Then, more than ninety years after Mazie began her diary, it’s discovered by a documentarian in search of a good story. Who was Mazie Phillips, really? A chorus of voices from the past and present fill in some of the mysterious blanks of her adventurous life.

Inspired by the life of a woman who was profiled in Joseph Mitchell’s classic Up in the Old Hotel, SAINT MAZIE is infused with Jami Attenberg’s signature wit, bravery, and heart. Mazie’s rise to “sainthood”–and her irrepressible spirit–is unforgettable.

Books will be available for purchase at this event.

Love Your LibraryThis program is part of the Authors LIVE! series co-sponsored by Friends of the SMU Libraries, Highland Park United Methodist Church and the Friends of the Highland Park Library.

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