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Glitz, Glamour, and Paparazzi!
Do you long to know what really happens in Hollywood? Join us for the much-anticipated book launch of award-winning actor and director Dinah Manoff in conversation with former islander and effervescent author Mary Guterson as Dinah offers an honest, although fictional, glimpse behind the red carpet in her new novel The Real True Hollywood Story of Jackie Gold. The story follows a Hollywood star, the remarkable journey that got her there, and her walk-in closet full of tabloid-worthy secrets. Dinah and Mary together? This event is not to be missed!

Best known for her roles in Grease and Empty Nest, Bainbridge Islander Manoff has used her own experiences to craft an engrossing page-turner both exciting and wise, posing the ultimate starry-eyed question: Does fame really matter in the end?

Dinah Manoff is a Tony Award winning actress (Neil Simon's I Ought To Be In Pictures), well-known for her vast work on the stage, big screen, and television. Manoff resides on Bainbridge island near Seattle where she writes, coaches and teaches acting. She is the founder of the Northwest Actors Lab. Along with her other endeavors, Manoff has developed an Arts Program at the Purdy Women's Correctional Facility where she also teaches acting and improvisation.

Mary Guterson is the author of We're All Fine Here and Gone to the Dogs.
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Eagle Harbor Book Groups
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All Store Book Group titles are discounted 15% up until the date of discussion

Reader's Circle Book Group
August 3, 7:00 pm
by Ann Petry, Tayari Jones (Introduction by)

Speculative Fiction Book Group
August 15, 7:00 pm
by Dan Simmons

Mystery Book Group
July 27, 7:00 pm
by Michael Connelly

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