Performer, musician and writer Adele Bertei and writers Mike DeCapite and Lucy Sante will be at the Beachland Ballroom on Friday, October 15th at 7 p.m. The evening also includes a performance by the Kidney Brothers.
This event is co-sponsored by Mac's Backs-Books on Coventry (1820 Coventry Rd. in Cleveland Heights) and Visible Voice Books (2258 Professor Ave in Cleveland) and books will be for sale.
Adele Bertei works as a writer, director, performer, and musician, and resides in Los Angeles, CA. As author, her first book Peter and the Wolves (Smog Veil Records 2020) is a short memoir of her rock and roll education via legendary Cleveland musician Peter Laughner, Why Labelle Matters (University of Texas Press, 2021) is a highly personal tribute to the band Labelle and its individual members, with a focus on race and sexual orientation. Bertei entered New York's downtown scene of the late 1970s as an organist for the Contortions and went on to form the Bloods, the first out, queer, all women-rock band. She has appeared in several indie films, most notably Lizzie Borden's Born in Flames and The Offenders Bertei continues to perform original music, including at Club Salo in Paris, L.A.’s Bootleg Theater, and Florence’s Queer Festival in 2018, where she screened her surrealist short political satire film, The Littlest Trampette.
Mike DeCapite new book Jacket Weather will be published in October, 2021 by Soft Skull Press.
"Mike DeCapite’s semi-autobiographical new novel is a love letter to New York, to food, to music, and to love itself. His largely aimless rambles around the city are documented in short, fragmented observations on the minutiae of life as a middle-aged human in the Big Apple. If Jack Kerouac had not self-destructed, but instead had found comradery and a somewhat restless contentment, he might have written something like this rhapsodic, poetic book. DeCapite’s insights, especially those on mortality, are like a tender nudge to the heart. My favorite one - “Life is a process of being gently shown the door.” It’s honest and gritty, but the grain is like the finest sandpaper." ~ Grace Harper
"Jacket Weather is a tender love story that blossoms like a rose in the concrete of a city always on the verge. DeCapite's effortless prose stirs echoes of certain New York School poets, of 'cold rosy dawn in New York City, ' night streets illuminated by great bars and the music streaming out of them, the endless possibilities of a place where, despite persistent evidence to the contrary, 'love is the heart of everything.'" ~ Max Blagg, author of Slow Dazzle and Loud Money
Mike has also published the quintessential Cleveland novel, Through the Windshield, the chapbook Creamsicle Blue, and the short-prose collection Radiant Fog, Cuz Editions published his story Sitting Pretty, later anthologized in The Italian American Reader. DeCapite grew up in Cleveland and has lived in London, San Francisco and in New York City, where he now resides.
Lucy Sante is the author of Maybe the People Would Be the Times, where she pays homage to Patti Smith, Rene Ricard, and Georges Simenon; traces the history of tabloids; surveys the landscape that gave birth to the Beastie Boys; explores the back alleys of vernacular photography and sounds a threnody for the forgotten dead of New York City.The glue holding the collection together is autobiography. Every item carries deep personal significance, and most are rooted in lived experience, in particular Sante's youth on the Lower East Side of New York in the fertile 1970s and '80s.
Sante was born in Verviers, Belgium. Her other books include Low Life, Evidence, The Factory of Facts, Kill All Your Darlings, and The Other Paris. She is the recipient of a Whiting Award, Guggenheim and Cullman fellowships, an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Grammy (for album notes), and an Infinity Award for Writing from the International Center of Photography. She has contributed to the New York Review of Books since 1981 and has written for many other publications. She is a visiting professor of writing and the history of photography at Bard College and lives in Ulster County, New York