Columbus: Celine Keating, Howard Massey, and Garine Isassi
Join us on Thursday, July 28th at 7pm for a discussion with Celine Keating, author of Play for Me; Howard Massey, author of Roadie; and Garine Isassi, author of Start with the Backbeat.
Play for Me synopsis: At a folk-rock show at her son’s college, Lily becomes transfixed by the guitarist’s unassuming onstage presence and beautiful playing―and with his final note, something within her breaks loose. After the concert, Lily returns to her comfortable life―an Upper West Side apartment, a job as a videographer, and a kind if distracted husband―but she can’t stop thinking about the music, or about the duo’s guitarist, JJ. Unable to resist the pull of either one, she rashly offers to make a film about the band in order to gain a place with them on tour. But when Lily dares to step out from behind her camera, she falls deep into JJ’s world―upsetting the tenuous balance between him and his bandmate, and filling a chasm of need she didn’t know she had. Captivating and provocative, Play for Me captures the thrill and heartbreak of deciding to leave behind what you love to follow what you desire.
Roadie synopsis: Inspired by the true story of Rolling Stones founding member Ian Stewart, who was fired by the group's first manager because he didn't look like a rock star, Roadie vividly captures all the trials, tribulations, and rites of passage musicians go through as they climb the ladder of success. In the process, all the cruel realities of life in the fast lane are revealed, along with an international maelstrom of intrigue that ranges from the glitz of LA to the seedy underbelly of Amsterdam, and from the slopes of St. Moritz to the forbidding Scottish Highlands.
Start with the Backbeat synopsis: It is the spring of 1989 in New York City when Jill Dodge, a post-punk rocker from Texas, finally gets her big promotion at Mega Big Records. She is thrust into a race to find a gritty, urban rapper before the “Gangsta” trend passes their label by. As Jill and her mostly middle-class coworkers search for the next big rap star, they fluctuate between alliances and rivalries, tripping over the stereotypes of race, class, and musical genre. They work to promote their current roster of acts as well as the new rap artist they sign to a contract. It turns out, he may not be what they expected. Full of original lyrics and wit, Start With the Backbeat is a compelling examination of the nuances of class, race, and culture in America―which are sometimes ridiculously serious.
Celine Keating is the author of two novels, Layla and Play for Me, which was a finalist in the Indie Excellence awards, the USA Book awards, and the International Book Awards. Her short fiction has been published in many literary journals, and she was the first-place winner in the Hackney Literary Awards for short fiction for 2014. She also plays classical guitar and writes for such magazines as Acoustic Guitar and minor7th.com. She can be reached at celinekeating.com.
Howard Massey is a veteran music journalist who was an editor at Musician magazine. He has been a touring and session musician, a record producer, an audio engineer and a consultant to the music industry. In addition to Roadie – his first work of fiction – he’s also written more than a dozen books, including The Great British Recording Studios and Behind The Glass (Volumes I and II). In addition, Massey co- authored legendary Beatles recording engineer Geoff Emerick’s critically acclaimed 2006 memoir Here, There and Everywhere. His website is www.roadiethebook.com
Garinè B. Isassi is a singer/songwriter who grew up with one foot in Texas and the other in New Jersey. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, she is a lover of music, chocolate, and altruistic sarcasm and a writer of post-punk humor. She is proud of her Armenian-American heritage, but tired of explaining it. She currently lives in Maryland, where she works fulltime in marketing communications, sings in a gospel choir, is the Workshops Chair for the Gaithersburg Book Festival, writes when everyone else is asleep, and lives with her husband, three kids, a cat, a dog, and a gecko (it’s the gecko that sent her over the edge). You can read her blog, “Hi!” from the ‘burbs, at her website, garineTHEwriter.com