Book signing and reading by local author
Boulder author Lila Greene, mother of five, grandmother of eight and co-founder of the legendary Renta Yenta, will be reading from her newly-released book “Pages – A Memoir: Musings of a 75-year-old Woman” (published by Wily Creative), a love story in poetry spanning a remarkable life on Saturday, November 28th, noon, at Barnes and Noble, 2915 Pearl Street, Boulder.
Not only will she be serving up great writing, but delicious cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory, as well as free first-edition copies of “Enter Renta Yenta” to the first 15 people who purchase a signed copy of “Pages.”
“Pages” is a poignant collection of poems telling the story of an extraordinary woman’s survival. Lila was raised by her grandmother in Coney Island during the Great Depression, fell in love with and married Mel Greene, “the boy singer from Grossingers,” who wound up on Sammy Davis Jr.’s management team and together they celebrated more than 50 years together.
Greene writes of surviving a downturn like some are experiencing now. She writes with remarkable clarity about the death of her beloved husband Mel, and was inspired after his death by her children and extended family to write her poetic stories. Lila Greene also co-founded the legendary Renta Yenta in 1973, performed at the original Comedy Store on Sunset Boulevard in 1980 and is the author of Enter Renta Yenta, Advice from a Burnt-out Caterer, The Viagra Monologues, Memo from an Empty Nest and Grief.
After the 1994 Los Angeles earthquake, she and her husband relocated to Boulder, Colorado where Lila hated the snow so much she began “Lila’s Magical Matzoh Ball Soup” to help her survive the winters and which many Boulderites remember fondly from places like Korny’s, Lolita’s, Wild Oats and Java Stop. She continues to live and write in Boulder, with her dog Rocky.
“Pages” is a wonderfully charming, honest and tender book from the heart, and will inspire readers to love their life and perhaps even write about it. Greene generously shares her wisdom, humor and life experience in poignantly written pieces that will tug at the heart and make one laugh, all in the same breath.
“Pages” is available at Boulder Bookstore, Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble and Borders. For more information, visit www.pages-lilagreene.com.
“Pages – A Memoir” endorsements:
“Lila Greene spins words into wisdom without strain or pretense. Music from line to line; some of it major, some of it minor, all of it melodic.” — Junior Burke, Chair, Writing & Poetics, Naropa University, Boulder, Colorado.
“Pages A Memoir is an absolutely heart-opening book of poetry. To read the poems is to deepen understanding of the mysteries of the feminine and laugh over life’s very ordinary vicissitudes set on a stage of profundity, love and often side-splitting humor. I wept with newly realizing the vulnerabilities of the human heart in the grand sweep of a woman’s life. It is a book I put down and then I go right on thinking about it.” — Judith Mohling, MA, LPC, Boulder, Colorado.
See you for Cheesecake at Barnes and Noble on Saturday, November 28, 2009!