If you’re in Long Beach, California, on Saturday, Jan. 31st, head over to Gatsby Books and help celebrate the launch of Joan Jobe Smith‘s latest memoir Tales of an Ancient Go-Go Girl! 

WHEN: Sat., Jan. 31, 2015, 3-5 p.m.

WHERE: Gatsby Books, 5535 Spring St., Long Beach, California, 90808, 562-208-5862

WHAT: Launch party for Tales of an Ancient Go-Go Girl by Joan Jobe Smith. Please bring a poem to read in honor of Pearl Magazine editor Barbara Hauk (August 1937-Dec. 2014).

ABOUT THE BOOK: In Tales of an Ancient Go-Go Girl, poet, historian, and Bukowski confidante Joan Jobe Smith endures ordeals and challenges — and survives to tell the tale. This picaresque true story spans the 1965 Los Angeles Watts Riots, near death at the hands of a homicidal ex-husband, the counterculture go-go swinging let-it-all-hang-out 1960s and 70s, single motherhood, and feminism. This memorable and moving tale — which ends in 2014 with Joan dancing to Doors’ guitarist Robby Krieger — is told with heart and courage and humor. Don’t miss it! Find Tales of an Ancient Go-Go Girl by Joan Jobe Smith at Amazon.com or purchase a copy at Gatsby Books