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Cocktails & Books: Man of the Year


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“A preposterous true tale about one little man's journey into adulthood. I came for the adventures with the male centerfold, but I stayed for the break-your-heart portrait of a nuclear family teetering between enlightenment and core meltdown.” — Jill Soloway, Creator, Transparent (Amazon TV)

About the Book: 
1978 promised to be another year of dislocation for Louis Cove, the eighth move in his short life. His free-thinking Jewish family had just left New York and Zabar’s behind for working-class Salem, Massachusetts, a town not far evolved beyond the witch trials that made its name – hardly the place for a long-haired Mets fan on the cusp of his Bar Mitzvah. And that was before the arrival of Howie Gordon: actor, artist, hippie, lover, and Playgirl’s Mr. November, 1978. Howie has Hollywood ambitions and a highly unorthodox idea for achieving them: be named Playgirl Man of the Year, 1979.

When he enlists a besotted Lou as his “campaign manager,” the unlikely duo embarks on a quest to win the hearts and minds of Salem. Man of the Year is the improbable true story of Lou’s 13th year, one very unusual campaign and the unexpected guest that taught him how to be a man. A fresh twist on the coming-of-age memoir, yes, but also a tale of lost innocence.

About the Author
He authored a book of poetry in 1978. One of the poems appears in Man of the Year. Lou was an editor and journalist for the first ten years of his career. Lou can't seem to get enough of campaigns. He is a senior advisor at the Harold Grinspoon Foundation where he has helped build a $20 million Alliance of national funders to support one of his favorite programs: PJ Library.

He has served as senior fundraising advisor to CEOs and Boards of Trustees at numerous national non-profits, including the American Institute for Architects, Represent.Us, Double Edge Theatre and Girls Leadership Institute. He is former Executive Director of Reboot, a network of leading young Jewish creatives devoted to “rebooting” modern Jewish culture: digital entrepreneurs at Google and YouTube; creators of TV shows and films like Lost, Orange is the New Black, Transparent, Anchorman and Star Trek; journalists from NYT, Wired, and WSJ, etc.

Under his leadership, Reboot launched and attracted millions to projects like National Day of Unplugging, 10Q and Sukkah City. Lou was also Vice President of the National Yiddish Book Center. He really likes books and he is really excited to have written one of his own.

About the Event:
Wednesday, November 14 | 5:00pm
$100 Per Person
The Lake Pavilion, West Palm Beach
*Cost includes: Author Presentation • Book Signing • Cocktail Reception

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To purchase tickets over the phone please call 877-318-0071



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