Lee Wilson Author Event

10/30/2014 7:00 pm
America/Los Angeles

Lee Wilson

Author of Rebel on Pointe: A Memoir of Ballet & Broadway

Thursday, October 30th at 7pm

In this uplifting memoir, Lee Wilson describes how she grand jetéd from the stifling suburbia of the 1950s, a world of rigid gender roles, to the only domain where women and men were equally paid and equally respected, in grand, historic dance theaters and under the bright lights of the Broadway stage.

Short, plump, pigeon-toed, and never good enough for mom, Lee Wilson dared to dream she could grow up to be a star. In 1962, fresh out of high school and a mere sixteen years old, Wilson left her country and the comforts of home to make the five-day journey across the Atlantic. She saw Europe as an attractive alternative to New York, where great American ballet companies were struggling to survive. That same year, Wilson made her professional debut in Monte Carlo in a command performance for Prince Rainier and Princess Grace. The following summer, as she danced across Europe, she thrilled to the sound of her first bravos and never looked back.

After touring Europe and dancing with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet in New York, Wilson set her sights on Broadway, where she danced in many famous shows including Hello Dolly! She was in the original national company of A Chorus Line and played Patty in the original Broadway production of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.

Rebel on Pointe immerses the reader in a remarkable and visionary world. It lifts the veil of myth surrounding legendary dance icons like George Balanchine, Rosella Hightower, Erik Bruhn, and Rudolf Nureyev to reveal the real men and women who have influenced and embodied the world of dance.

Wilson expertly depicts how her profession--at times considered so rigid and exacting--was a leading force in the liberation of women from the prison of patriarchal post-war society. The hard-won gains and the maddening setbacks of the gender revolution are seen here through the eyes of a young dancer searching for freedom, one "pas" at a time.

Lee Wilson danced for royalty in Europe, gun-toting revolutionaries in Algeria, American aristocrats at the Metropolitan Opera, and a galaxy of stars on Broadway. She is an award-winning writer, producer, and actor living in Los Angeles. Also worthy to note is that she pitched her book at {pages} Pitchapalooza and this is the wonderful result of her endeavor.  We are so excited for Lee.  This is a great book and how about the gorgeous cover???

 

$24.95
ISBN-13: 9780813060088
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University Press of Florida, 9/2014

Location: 
Street:
904 Manhattan Ave
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City:
Manhattan Beach
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Province:
California
Postal Code:
90266
Country:
United States

Ed Grant Author Event

11/05/2014 7:00 pm
America/Los Angeles

 

Ed Grant and Debra Bronow

Piers of the California Coast

Wednesday, November 5th at 7pm

Piers of the California Coast is a wonderful collection of photographs and stories about piers along our coast, including the one and only Manhattan Beach Pier.  This treasure of a book would make a fantastic and unique gift.  Please join us for a wine and cheese reception starting at 7pm to celebrate Piers of the California Coast.  There will be a reading and a book signing immediately following.  RSVP's appreciated.  Call 310-318-0900 or email info@pagesabookstore.com.

 

Location: 
Street:
904 Manhattan Ave
Additional:
City:
Manhattan Beach
,
Province:
California
Postal Code:
90266
Country:
United States
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