Conversations with Authors - Mikel Jollett (Virtual Event)

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 4:00pm


Wed., October 28th • 4:00pm PT/7:00pm ET

Mikel Jollett

in conversation with Tom Barbash

Conversations with Authors is our free virtual event series! Join us throughout the week at 4:00pm PT/7:00pm ET for a new chat with a different author.


Mikel Jollett‘s remarkable new memoir of a tumultuous life, Hollywood Park, is both the story of a man born into one of the country’s most infamous cults and subjected to a childhood filled with poverty, addiction, and emotional abuse; and the story of fierce love and family loyalty told in a raw, poetic voice that signals the emergence of a uniquely gifted writer

Mikel is the frontman of the indie band The Airborne Toxic Event. Prior to forming the band, he graduated with honors from Stanford University. Mikel 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.

Tom Barbash is the author of the novels The Dakota Winters and The Last Good Chance and the non-fiction book On Top of the World: Cantor Fitzgerald, Howard Lutnick, and 9/11; A Story of Loss and Renewal, which was a New York Times bestseller. His stories and articles have been published in Tin House, McSweeney’s, Virginia Quarterly Review, and other publications, and have been performed on National Public Radio’s Selected Shorts series. He currently teaches in the MFA program at California College of the Arts. He grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and now lives in Marin County, California


Below, please find links to purchase their books.



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Hollywood Park: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250621566
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Published: Celadon Books - May 26th, 2020


“A Gen-X This Boy’s Life...Music and his fierce brilliance boost Jollett; a visceral urge to leave his background behind propels him to excel... In the end, Jollett shakes off the past to become the captain of his own soul. Hollywood Park is a triumph."
O, The Oprah Magazine

The Dakota Winters: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062258212
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Published: Ecco - September 24th, 2019

An evocative and wildly absorbing novel about the Winters, a family living in New York City’s famed Dakota apartment building in the year leading up to John Lennon’s assassination

The Last Good Chance: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062355317
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Published: Ecco - December 4th, 2018

In this captivating first novel, a young man’s plan to revitalize his hometown leads four of its inhabitants down alternating paths of desire and deceit

On Top of the World: Cantor Fitzgerald, Howard Lutnick, and 9/11: A Story of Loss and Renewal Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060510305
Availability: Special Order
Published: Harper Paperbacks - August 19th, 2003

On the morning of September 11, 2001, nearly 700 of Cantor Fitzgerald's 1,000 New York employees were at their desks on the top floors of One World Trade Center when a hijacked passenger plane struck eight floors below. None survived.