Celadon Books to Publish Memoir by The Airborne Toxic Event Frontman, Mikel Jollett

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Celadon Books, a division of Macmillan Publishers, announced today the acquisition of the memoir HOLLYWOOD PARK b​y​ ​Mikel Jollett, to be published May 5, 2020.

Jollett is the creator and frontman of the popular and critically acclaimed band ​The Airborne Toxic Event​. ​Hollywood Park​ is both the name of the sixth album by the band and the title of Jollet’s debut memoir, for which the record functions as a soundtrack.

Hollywood Park​ chronicles Jollett’s extraordinary personal journey, from his early childhood in Synanon, one ​of the most infamous cults of the 1970s, through a teenage life of poverty and emotional abuse, to graduating with honors from Stanford University. ​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 eventually finding his voice as a writer and ​then literally as singer and songwriter.

Of the acquisition, Jollet says: “​Standing in the bafflement my father's death created, I suddenly wanted nothing more than to put down my guitar and write. I remembered that there was a little boy (me) and he had escaped a cult with a brother and a mother he hardly knew. Over time I realized I was trying to finally give this little boy a voice."

Publisher Jamie Raab acquired the book; ​Susan Golomb​ of ​Writers House​ negotiated the deal. Of the acquisition, Raab adds, "I rarely acquire memoirs, not because I don’t love reading them, but because the memoir bookshelf is crowded and the exceptional ones have raised the bar so high. However, when I first read HOLLYWOOD PARK, I knew I had to publish it. I believe it deserves a place beside the memoirs I’ve most admired. Mikel Jollett​’s story is remarkable, and he tells it in such a raw, powerful and moving way.”

For More Information Contact:
Christine Mykityshyn, Director of Publicity
Celadon Books, a division of Macmillan
Tel: 646.307.5405 | E: Christine.Mykityshyn@Celadonbooks.com

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