VIRTUAL: Gary Goldstein Launch, in Conversation with Susan Walter

Come help us launch The Last Birthday Party as the author, award-winning film, TV, and theatre writer, Gary Goldstein, discusses it with writer, producer and director Susan Walter! Register on Eventbrite!

About The Last Birthday Party:

There's nothing fabulous about 50 for L.A. film critic Jeremy Lerner, who loses his marriage, his job, and the use of his right arm just days after the birthday party he begged his now ex-wife not to throw him. But fate is a sly devil.

Jeremy's string of calamities leads to a game-changing emotional and creative rebirth after he meets the intoxicating Annabelle, a beguiling widow who comes to his rescue-and Jeremy to hers. If only their baggage didn't match quite so well.

With the added support of his wise and spirited mom, Joyce, his capricious and big-hearted son, Matty, and Matty's steadfast new boyfriend, Gabe, Jeremy begins to change in ways that surprise, inspire, and galvanize him. All of this while his career makes a head-spinning leap.

The thing is, can it last?

The Last Birthday Party combines wry observation with an everyday wistfulness for a warm, propulsive, humanly funny tale of second chances set against the alluring nuttiness of Hollywood.

Gary Goldstein (@GaryGoldsteinLA) is an award-winning writer for film, TV and the theatre with more than 30 produced screen and stage credits. He has also been a contributing film reviewer and arts feature writer for the Los Angeles Times since 2007. His first novel, the L.A.-set romantic comedy The Last Birthday Party, will be published August 17th by Hadleigh House. Visit Gary at www.GaryGoldsteinLA.com.

About Good as Dead:

It all starts with a promise from a stranger: We'll take care of everything.

Holly Kendrick's husband is dead. Holly saw it all. In one violent moment, a hit-and-run accident turns Holly's life upside down. Then a fixer for the high-powered guilty party approaches Holly with an offer she is in no position to refuse. Holly and her daughter, Savannah, will want for nothing, beginning with a luxury dream house--all for the price of their silence. But when their sudden appearance in privileged Calabasas, California, piques the curiosity of neighbors, the price becomes greater than they imagined. Because Holly and Savannah aren't the only ones in the neighborhood with something to hide.

Told from alternating points of view, Good as Dead draws together an unlikely group of people bound to one another by a crime, a cover-up, and compounding deceptions. As carefully constructed lives begin to crumble, how far will everyone be willing to go to bury the truth and protect the people they love?

Susan Walter (@susie_filmmaker) has been a writer, producer, and director working in film and television for over two decades. Her feature film, ALL I WISH, which she wrote and directed, stars Sharon Stone and was released by Universal Pictures on March 30, 2018 and is now streaming on Netflix. It received the WIFTS award for excellence in screenwriting, and was on Hollywood's "blacklist" of best-liked screenplays.

She began writing books in 2020. Her debut novel, GOOD AS DEAD, is the first in a two-book deal with Lake Union Publishing and will be released on October 1st 2021.

Susan was born in Cambridge, MA, spent her formative years in Bedford, then attended Harvard University. You can read excerpts from her upcoming book on her author website http://www.susanwalterauthor.com. 

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ISBN: 9781735773810
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Published: Hadleigh House LLC - August 17th, 2021

There's nothing fabulous about 50 for L.A. film critic Jeremy Lerner, who loses his marriage, his job, and the use of his right arm just days after the birthday party he begged his now ex-wife not to throw him. But fate is a sly devil.


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