• SUSAN HOLMES MCKAGAN: THE VELVET ROSE

    In the early nineties, Scarlet, a painter and high fashion model, finds herself working in some of the world’s most famous fashion capitals. As her adventure continues, she meets Johnny of The Westies, an up-and-coming band on the cusp of superstardom. What ensues is an unhinged ride of a novel …

    In the early nineties, Scarlet, a painter and high fashion model, finds herself working in some of the world’s most famous fashion capitals. As her adventure continues, she meets Johnny of The Westies, an up-and-coming band on the cusp of superstardom. What ensues is an unhinged ride of a novel following the audacious lead female protagonist as she navigates her life through fame, addiction, infidelity, and all the ups and downs of dating a legendary musician from one of the biggest rock bands in history. A riveting and heartfelt journey of figuring out one’s own path and championing that aspect to finding their dreams. Rich in spirit and relatable for all those who have ever had the courage to chase their dreams and pursue an unconventional path in this glorious world. A page-turner, frequently injected with laugh-out-loud humor, front row seat of fun debut that is being heralded as the earnest generation of authenticity of a nineties voyage, Susan Holmes McKagan shines in The Velvet Rose.

    Join us as Susan talks about her book!

    Susan Holmes McKagan is a well-known, experienced, and credentialed writer. Her columns regularly appear on the coveted front-page cover stories for The Huffington Post and PopWrapped. She also happens to be an international supermodel, having graced covers for Vogue, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, W, Playboy, and Maxim to name a few. Susan has walked the catwalks in Paris, Milan, and New York for such prestigious designers as Chanel, Versace, Prada, Calvin Klein, Valentino, Marc Jacobs, YSL, Armani, and many more. She’s been married for nearly two decades to Rock & Roll Hall of Fame legend Duff McKagan of Guns N’ Roses and Grammy Award–winning Velvet Revolver. Susan writes on a myriad of subjects, and has a plethora of published top-tier interviews with some of the world’s leading artists, athletes, humanitarians, scientists, celebrities, designers, authors, and musicians. She develops and designs her own high-end brand of eco-friendly resort wear, Susan Holmes Swimwear, and her designs have been featured on covers from Sports Illustrated to People magazine. While living on the West Coast between her homes in Seattle, Los Angeles, and San Diego?or on a GN’R airplane?Susan dedicates most of her time to her two daughters, various charitable organizations, her incorrigibale but cute pug, and her sweet husband.

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  • RETHINKING REFUGEE TRAUMA AND MENTAL HEALTH

    How are refugees adjusting to life in the US - given the current political climate? Research from multiple disciplines reveals that humans not only need each other to survive but also to thrive. However, we live in a world that divides us along lines such as gender, race, class, religion, and ableism…

    How are refugees adjusting to life in the US - given the current political climate? Research from multiple disciplines reveals that humans not only need each other to survive but also to thrive. However, we live in a world that divides us along lines such as gender, race, class, religion, and ableism making it harder to connect.

    Many of us assume that our current world is a natural progression of human nature, and therefore the only possibility. We privilege western models of mental health that focus its lens on individual capacities. This approach often ignores macro-level influences that shape such capacities.

    This Olio addresses some of the assumptions made in the field of psychology on trauma and healing and argues for a multidisciplinary approach to have a more comprehensive understanding of macro-level forces and how they impact individual capacities. How we conceptualize trauma and healing is embedded within particular historical, political, social, and economic contexts. Using dynamic systems thinking allows us to situate this knowledge in its particular context, trace how these constructs have changed over time and reveal different possibilities of how we might effectively make lasting changes to our approach toward mental health.

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  • MICHAEL WASHBURN + PETER GELFAN

    his event is free to attend. Please RSVP online. Doors open 30 minutes before the start of the event. Join us for a double book launch bash! We'll be celebrating the release of Michael Washburn's Uprooted and Peter Gelfan's Monkey Temple. Uprooted by Michael Washburn: Headlines about displacement,…

    his event is free to attend. Please RSVP online. Doors open 30 minutes before the start of the event.

    Join us for a double book launch bash! We'll be celebrating the release of Michael Washburn's Uprooted and Peter Gelfan's Monkey Temple.

    Uprooted by Michael Washburn: Headlines about displacement, identity, and alienation are in the news every day, but little real insight into these issues is available from Twitter feeds and short news items. The role of a fiction writer at the present juncture is not just to be always observing, as Henry James had it, but also to explore and analyze issues of global concern in all their richness and complexity. Michael Washburn’s tales about the theme of "uprooted-ness" are reflections of our fractured world. They depict the adventures and trials of people unsure of their place in the world and desperate for a sense of belonging. Here are consistently surprising stories of incomparable power.

    Bio - Michael Washburn is a Brooklyn-based writer and journalist. His short stories have appeared in numerous journals and magazines including Green Hills Literary Lantern, Rosebud, Adelaide Literary Magazine, Weird Fiction Review, New Orphic Review, Stand, Still Point Arts Quarterly, Lakeview Journal, Black Fox Literary Magazine, Bryant Literary Journal, Meat for Tea, Marathon Literary Review, Prick of the Spindle, and other publications. Michael is the author of an acclaimed cover story in the Philadelphia City Paper, entitled “Home and Abroad.” He is the author of a previous short fiction collection, Scenes from the Catastrophe (2016).

    Monkey Temple by Peter Gelfan: Monkey Temple is a coming-of-old-age adventure about two longtime best friends and rivals who, determined to “not go gentle into that good night,” set off on a final road trip. Their efforts to face past failures and give meaning to their dwindling futures change their lives forever but not at all as they had envisioned. It’s a buddy story with strong female characters and plenty of dark humor.

    "Peter Gelfan’s Monkey Temple is a rollicking journey down a winding road to a dubious paradise. I took a lot of pleasure in it. So familiar, the riffs and issues and experiences and characters—talkin’ ’bout my generation—and I reveled in so many of the choices the author made in rendering them. Rich in insight and humor, it is, in the end, a story about stories themselves." — Tony Cohan, bestselling author of On Mexican Time

    Bio - Peter Gelfan was born in New York City, grew up in New Haven and the New York City suburbs, and attended Haverford College until he turned on, tuned in, and dropped out. He has traveled widely and lived in Spain, England, Florida, and Vermont. Found Objects, his debut novel, was published in 2013. He co-wrote the screenplay for Cargo, les Hommes Perdus, which was produced and released in France in 2010. He lives in New York City, where he continues to write and work as a freelance book editor.

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