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Hollywood to Home: Reading & Book Chat with Susan Hayden & Michele Raphael

June 24, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

- Complimentary

Celebrate the release of Now You Are a Missing Person with the author, Susan Hayden, and journalist Michele Raphael for a reading, Q&A, and book signing, with light refreshments served on the veranda.

“A remarkable book with a stunning sense of time and place. Susan Hayden has the warm and personal voice of a close friend whispering truths in your ear. Now You Are a Missing Person lingers long in your heart, along with the ghosts and heroes of Los Angeles’ recent past. They’re all alive here, in Hayden’s vivid tales of life, loss, and the unexpected return of love just when you needed it most.”—Cameron Crowe


Susan Hayden’s debut memoir, Now You Are a Missing Person, explores how love, loss, and the disappearing landscape of the Valley and Hollywood shaped her life. Hayden is best known in L.A. for her award-winning literary series, Library Girl, which has given a home to a diverse community of writers and musicians since 2009. With her book, she moves front and center, finding herself and even new love.


Now You Are a Missing Person has received early praise from Cameron Crowe. Hayden’s memoir traverses growing up in a Jewish San Fernando family in the 70s to an alternative life of poets, playwrights, and actors in Hollywood—including her late husband, actor and musician Christopher Allport (Mad Men).


Her memoir also features surprising stories about late actor Wayne Maunder, portrayed by Luke Perry in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Other vignettes include Richard Simmons, Harry Dean Stanton, and Edward G. Robinson. Each encounter pushed Hayden to find herself, and ultimately, a new true love.

The book—a mix of a fun nostalgia trip to the Valley and Hollywood and an inspiring story of transformation—is both an essential L.A. and summer read!

For more about Susan Hayden, go to susanhayden.com.


For more about Michele Raphael, go to michelebraphael.com.


June 24, 2023
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


The Beverly Hills Womens Club
1700 Chevy Chase Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210 United States
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