POSTPONED: Mikel Jollett - Hollywood Park

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 - 6:00pm

Wednesday, June 3, 6pm
Delmar Hall, 6133 Delmar


Join Mikel Jollett for a special VIP event before The Airborne Toxic Event's concert!  Just get your concert ticket from Delmar Hall and preorder Hollywood Park from Left Bank Books for VIP access!  VIP attendance is limited to the first 300 orders.

Both an Airborne Toxic Event ticket and proof of pre-order purchase from Left Bank Books is required for VIP Access!

Get your concert ticket here!

Pre-order a copy of Hollywood Park for VIP access here! 

 The VIP experience will include a book signing, a discussion of Hollywood Park, and a Q&A with the author.

Hollywood Park is a remarkable memoir of a tumultuous life. Mikel Jollett was born into one of the country’s most infamous cults, and subjected to a childhood filled with poverty, addiction, and emotional abuse. Yet, ultimately, his is a story of fierce love and family loyalty told in a raw, poetic voice that signals the emergence of a uniquely gifted writer.

We were never young. We were just too afraid of ourselves. No one told us who we were or what we were or where all our parents went. They would arrive like ghosts, visiting us for a morning, an afternoon. They would sit with us or walk around the grounds, to laugh or cry or toss us in the air while we screamed. Then they’d disappear again, for weeks, for months, for years, leaving us alone with our memories and dreams, our questions and confusion …

So begins Hollywood Park, Mikel Jollett’s remarkable memoir. His story opens in an experimental commune in California, which later morphed into the Church of Synanon, one of the country’s most infamous and dangerous cults.  Per the leader’s mandate, all children, including Jollett and his older brother, were separated from their parents when they were six months old, and handed over to the cult’s “School.” After spending years in what was essentially an orphanage, Mikel escaped the cult one morning with his mother and older brother.  But in many ways, life outside Synanon was even harder and more erratic.

In his raw, poetic and powerful voice, Jollett portrays a childhood filled with abject poverty, trauma, emotional abuse, delinquency and the lure of drugs and alcohol.  Raised by a clinically depressed, narcissistic mother, tormented by his angry older brother, subjected to the unpredictability of troubled step-fathers and longing for contact with his father, a former heroin addict and ex-con, Jollett slowly, often painfully, builds a life that leads him to Stanford University and, eventually, to finding his voice as a writer and musician.

Hollywood Park is told at first through the limited perspective of a child, and then broadens as Jollett begins to understand the world around him. Although Mikel Jollett’s story is filled with heartbreak, it is ultimately an unforgettable portrayal of love at its fiercest and most loyal.

Mikel Jollett was born in an experimental commune in Southern California called Synanon. Started as a drug rehabilitation program, it later morphed into one of the most notorious cults America has ever seen. When the community became violent, his mother fled the group with Jollett and his older brother. Raised in abject poverty and fighting the lure of drugs and delinquency, Jollet escaped with the help of his estranged father. He went on to attend Stanford University, before becoming an on-air columnist for NPR’s All Things Considered, an Editor-at-Large for Men's Health and editor of Filter Magazine. After McSweeney’s published his short story “The Crack,” he was accepted to Yaddo artists’ community, but ultimately decided to pursue music instead. He named his band Airborne Toxic Event after a section of Don DeLillo’s White Noise and quickly built a loyal fan base.

Pre-order a copy of Hollywood Park today gain VIP access to the event. VIP access is limited to the first 300 pre-orders!

Both an Airborne Toxic Event ticket and proof of pre-order purchase from Left Bank Books is required for VIP Access!

Event address: 
Delmar Hall
6133 Delmar Blvd.
Saint Louis, MO 63112
Hollywood Park: A Memoir By Mikel Jollett Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250621566
Availability: Special Order
Published: Celadon Books - May 26th, 2020