A Magical Realist Memoir about being a One Woman Show in a Brave New World. ‘It’s post 9-11 New York and all the monsters are out of the box. It’s time for all good girls to go home to bed and make babies. But Wednesday Trouble Kennedy is not a good girl. She’s a Show Girl. And she’s come all the way from Sydney Australia. She’s on a journey to the heart of The American Dream. And into the realm of a Manhattan Psycho. Some girls have all the luck.
‘I just finished “21st Century Showgirl” on the train from Germany to Prague!
Absolutely loved it! What a story indeed… A must read for New York lovers
and loathers everywhere! ‘ – Mark Steiner New York NY
‘Actually read the WHOLE BOOK in one night—-it’s funny and desperate and scary as hell! …What great subjects. Beating a bad love & having the wear and the goodness of an Art Life. It’s about keeping a solid self somehow. against powerful disintegration forces…’ Anne Cox Atlanta Georgia.
I’m now at page 112. I can’t believe what I’m reading. There is SO much going on and it’s so visual and extraordinary.The way you fuse your Aussie self with your American experiences and tie them together is both fantastic and mindblowing. ‘
Catherine DeGear San Francisco
I read the 1st 50 pages of 21st Century Showgirl last night, and the rest in one sitting today… Congratulations. I don’t see how it can fail to be picked up by a major publisher, or even for a film. Excellent shit. ‘
Smith. Cleveland Ohio.
Finished your book. it played like a brilliant film in my mind the whole time. it’s the real thing. it’ll pay you back. Joe Mmc Stacey. Austin Texas
The Book Tour.
6th March 2013. Sydney. The Bordello Theatre. Kings Cross. Sydney.
Presented by the Kings Cross Arts Guild.
Featuring Tina Harris, Ru bella and Andrew Worboys.
This launch was Showgirls and Drag Queens with some ‘Looking for Barry Kosky’. The style was a little bit Vegas, a little bit Cigarette girl. The mood was malignant optimism.
We had our own Piano Man. The charming Mr Chris Ball.
The reading included: Excerpts from The Piccolo Bar Chapter and the Summer of Love before the walls came down. Champagne courtesy of Elizabeth Bay Cellers and ‘In the Loop’. Smoked Salmon courtesy of Nicolette Boaz. Sound and Lighting Eric James and Richard Valdez. All the credits and the photos can be found right here
The Melbourne Launch will be black and white and dedicated to the Psycho. The Date is 7th April. The Theme is Dress to Kill. The mood is Sunday night in Ripponlea. The Venue is a Lyrebird Lounge. The host is Campbell Halliday. I’ll be sharing the stage and the page with Ash Wednesday and Fiona Lee Maynard. I am honoured. Andrew Worboys, the brilliant Editor of ‘Looking for Barry Kosky’ will be cutting our video backdrop. There will be no dress rehearsal. It only runs for thirty minutes so don’t be late. But don’t hurry. This time we’re going deep and slow inside the Psycho Zone. Where the terror dream takes over. That’s all I know.
Sunday 7th April. The Lyrebird Club at Ripponlea. Melbourne. 7.30.