Pre-Order Sale for Mikel Jollet Detroit Tour
We are thrilled to be the official booksellers for the Mikel Jollet VIP event when he is in Detroit on June 18, 2020, with his band The Airborne Toxic Event. To learn more about this event please visit TATE's website.
The pre-sale for the book begins November 22nd, 2019.
To get a VIP ticket for this event, in addition to your concert ticket you must purchase a book through the Pages Bookshop website. Your receipt from this purchase with your concert ticket is what you will show to enter the VIP area. The VIP experience will include a book signing, a discussion of Hollywood Park, and a Q&A with the author.
Again, if you are interested in a VIP ticket, you must purchase Mikel's book through our website. To do this scroll to the bottom of this page, select the "Hollywood Park: A Memoir" icon, and then add it to your cart. You can then can proceed to check out. If you have any questions feel free to give us a call.
About Hollywood Park:
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 to attend Standford University, before becoming an on-air columnist for NPR's All Things Considered, an Editor-at-Lage for Men's Health and editor for 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.