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In Uncategorized on June 4, 2013 at 5:40 pm

Pittsburgh folks — Hope you can make it out to a dual book launch celebrating the release of my new memoir, The Bridge to Take When Things Get Serious, and Dave Newman’s first full-length poetry collection, The Slaughterhouse Poems. It’s on Saturday, June 29 from 7:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. at East End Book Exchange in Bloomfield.

Here’s a press release with all the details:

Pittsburgh Authors Lori Jakiela and Dave Newman

Celebrate Release of New Books

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Pittsburgh authors Lori Jakiela and Dave Newman will celebrate the release of their latest books at a party Saturday, June 29 at 7:30 p.m. at East End Book Exchange in Bloomfield.

The event is free and open to the public, and will feature readings by Newman and Jakiela, as well as a few special guests including New Yinzer columnist Adam Matcho. Paintings by Pittsburgh artist Lou Ickes, who did the cover art for both Jakiela’s and Newman’s new books, will be on display. Booksignings and a reception follow the readings.

Jakiela’s new book, “The Bridge to Take When Things Get Serious” (C&R Press), is a follow-up to her 2006 memoir, “Miss New York Has Everything” (Hatchette).

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Best-selling author Stewart O’Nan calls “The Bridge to Take When Things Get Serious” “fiercely sad and heartbreakingly funny.” Jane McCafferty, bestselling author of “First You Try Everything” and more, calls Jakiela “a highly original writer who commemorates life with great humor and a radical, poetic simplicity that allows you to see your own life anew.”

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said “The Bridge to Take” is “so good you’ll wonder why (Jakiela) isn’t the literary toast of the entire country by now. This is a book about taking care of a dying mother, a writing teacher’s lament about the next generation and a sideways love story. …and while this memoir may not be the last word on the volatile subject of mother/daughter relationships, it is fair to assume it is already among the most honest and best written this decade.”

Newman’s latest book, “The Slaughterhouse Poems” (White Gorilla Press), is his first full-length poetry collection.

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Bestselling author Don Ray Pollock (“The Devil All the Time” and more) calls Newman “an immense talent.” Legendary poet Gerald Locklin says Newman is “the best writer of his generation.”

Poet Michael Casey, author of “Check Points,” calls “The Slaugterhouse Poems “a great read. It is funny and grim. It is also meaningful, having a historical setting where even Volkswagen America is letting workers go and where an underemployed teenager is the richest man in the barroom. I have to call it dramatic too and truly memorable; I trust the movie option is now in the mail to the poet.”

Dave Newman is the author of the novels “Raymond Carver Will Not Raise Our Children” (Writers Tribe Books, 2012) and “Please Don’t Shoot Anyone Tonight” (World Parade Books, 2010). He’s worked as a truck driver, a book store manager, an air filter salesman, a house painter, and a college teacher. More than 100 of his poems and stories have appeared in magazines throughout the world and his work has been widely anthologized, most recently in “Beside the City of Angels” (World Parade Books) and “The Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary Poetry” (Autumn House Press).

In addition to her two memoirs, Lori Jakiela is the author of a full-length poetry collection, “Spot The Terrorist!” (Turning Point, 2012), and several poetry chapbooks. Her essays and poems have been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh Quarterly, The New Yinzer and elsewhere. She teaches in the writing programs at Pitt-Greensburg and Chatham University.

Jakiela and Newman, who are married, live in Trafford, Pa. with their two children. They have a lot of books in their house.

For more information about the book-release party, contact Lesley Rains at East End Book Exchange, 412-224-2847 or To contact the authors directly, e-mail


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