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WeHo Reads Launches Fall Program with ‘City of Immortals’



WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood’s WeHo Reads program has kicked off its Fall series.
Part of the Fall 2019 Series is City of Immortals: Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris on Tuesday, October 29 at 7 p.m. at West Hollywood’s Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room at West Hollywood Library. This new book is by writer, photographer, and longtime West Hollywood resident Carolyn Campbell, released just in time for Halloween. City of Immortals is a first-person account of the most famous cemetery in the world. Featuring new unpublished material, the volume contains over 100 original color photographs, and an illustrated pull-out map of the legendary necropolis – the result of Campbell’s three decades of research, study, and photography. Established in 1804 by Napoleonic decree, Père-Lachaise is a 107-acre labyrinth boasting the final resting places of more celebrated artists, architects, writers, musicians, dancers, filmmakers and actors – Oscar Wilde, Jim Morrison, Gertrude Stein, Edith Piaf, Marcel Proust, Frédéric Chopin, Isadora Duncan, Amedeo Modigliani, Sarah Bernhardt, and Colette to name a few – than any other location in the world. It is also a magnificent open-air museum of sculpture and architecture, representing the first revolutionary design in memorial parks and the fourth most popular destination for the 65 million tourists who visit Paris each year (behind the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame, and the Arc de Triomphe). The author’s talk will include a slide show about the most famous cemetery in the world, a Q&A, and a raffle of a free book and giveaway souvenir photos to people who show up in costume dressed as someone buried at the cemetery. A book-signing will follow, with books available for sale by Book Soup. Free admission with RSVP. For more information, please visit Two more events are scheduled by WeHo Reads: How the NFL D*mn Near Killed Me, and Ended Up Saving My Life
Book Soup and the City of West Hollywood’s WeHo Reads program present Ryan O’Callaghan discussing and signing My Life on the Line: How the NFL D*mn Near Killed Me, and Ended Up Saving My Life. O’Callaghan will be in conversation with his co-author Cyd Ziegler. Wednesday, November 13, 7:00 pm City Council Chambers at the West Hollywood Library 625 N. San Vicente Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90069 Bubbling under the surface of Ryan’s entire NFL career was a collision course between his secret sexuality and his hidden drug use. Ryan faced the ultimate decision: end it all, or find out if his family and football friends could ever accept a gay man in their lives. The Chiefs organization stepped in, recognizing the signs of drug addiction. Ryan reluctantly sought psychological help, and it was there that he revealed his lifelong secret for the very first time. There is a limit of 2 tickets per person, and tickets may not be resold. These tickets can be reserved in advance until tickets no longer remain by emailing Mike Che, Arts Coordinator, at WeHo Reads/West Hollywood Artists and Icons: Felice Picano Felice Picano Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 7:00 pm City Council Chambers at the West Hollywood Library 625 N. San Vicente Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90069 Longtime West Hollywood resident and literary icon Felice Picano shares his research on LGBTQ Hollywood for his two novellas, along with readings from the novellas. He will also share the impact that living in West Hollywood has had on his artistic and literary career. Felice’s newest book is Justify My Sins: A Hollywood Novel in Three Acts. Free admission. RSVP requested.

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