…..gave a bravura performance at the Chevy Chase Branch Library followed by a book signing. This award winning author (Iron and Silk, The Soloist, Lying Awake), became a stay-at-home parent in 2001. Eight years and three failed manuscripts later he suffered a nervous breakdown. What would have been a very sad story was turned into a life altering happy ending.
Anne Lamott, author of ‘Traveling Mercies’ and one of my favorite writers called Lying Awake ‘one of the most beautiful novels about faith she’d ever read’ and the New York Times Book Review called it “A singularly rich and abundant work.”!
Mark was so kind and interested in everyone he met. I was deeply touched by the generous and personal time he gave to all.
Pamela Tom spearheaded this appearance by Mark and if you don’t already know her, you’re missing out on a world class friendship. Pam is the producer/director of ‘Brushstrokes in Hollywood’* about Tyrus Wong our National Treasure.
For those of you who live in the Glendale or La Canada area, you must visit the Chevy Chase Library! It's a hidden gem nestled in the midst of beautiful and tranquil Chevy Chase Canyon in Glendale. Due to budget cuts, its programs (such as Mark's talk) are curated and produced entirely by a dedicated group of volunteers. If you or someone you know has a talent to share (it could be leading a class, demonstration, or storytime for kids, giving a talk or book reading, presenting a special exhibition, etc.) and want to help support this lovely library, please feel free to contact Pamela at Ptomfilm@yahoo.com. Thanks for helping keep our local libraries open!
* ‘Brushstrokes in Hollywood’ posted 10/13/2008
‘Tyrus Wong is a National Treasure’ posted 10/25/2009