Jan Kerouac: A Life In Memory
Wednesday, October 7, 2009, 7:00 P.M., City Lights Bookstore
hosted by editor Gerald Nicosia
with special guest appearances by Adiel Gorel, Brenda Knight, John Cassady, Carl Macki, and Phil Cousineau (tentative)
celebrating the release of
Jan Kerouac: A Life in Memory
published by Noodlebrain Press
Edited and conceived of by acclaimed Jack Kerouac biographer Gerald Nicosia, Jan Kerouac: A Life in Memory, assembles, for the first time, a collection of memoirs, photos, and an extensive interview with Jan Kerouac, which bring into sharp focus the life and work of this seminal post-Beat writer. It serves as the first mosaic portrait of "the missing element," as she liked to call herself, who "enabled him [Jack Kerouac] to be who he was." She was a daughter who during her life had only three encounters with her father. Nevertheless, she managed to find him in her work, her travels, her loves, and her consciousness since the day she was first taught to spell her unusual last name.
Gerald Nicosia was a close friend and confident of Jan Kerouac and the literary executor of her estate. He has championed the cause of her memory and her work since her passing. He has taught creative writing and journalism at Universities across the country and has been a featured speaker at Beat and Kerouac conferences worldwide. He is poet, fiction writer, playright, and life-long activist. For the past 20 years, Nicosia has worked with Vietnam veterans, studying, documenting, and aiding in their recovery from the war. He is the author of the seminal book on the plight of the veterans titled Home to War: A History of the Vietnam Veterans Movement. Nicosia is currently working on a biography of Ntozake Shange, called Beautiful Colored and Alive: The Life and Works of Ntozake Shange and a book about racism and the death penalty titled Blackness Through The Land.