Not many book launches begin with the author singing one of their own compositions, but that’s how the Helter Shelter book launch kicked off last weekend. Author, songwriter, (and our very own managing editor here at SoCal Magazine), Niki Smart and friends delivered an enjoyable hour of song, discussion and a reading from her latest memoir, Helter Shelter. Moderated by award-winning journalist, editor, speechwriter and author, Gus Silber (who brought thought-provoking interview questions) and hosted by Stephen Francis, creator of the famous comic strip, Madam and Eve, the book launch touched upon a variety of topics including the process of writing autobiographical literature, songwriting versus writing a memoir, and the realities of working at a Crisis Intervention Shelter for emotionally disturbed teenagers which is where Helter Shelter takes place.
The good news is that the book launch was recorded. Feel free to take a look!