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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 or purchase a copy at Gatsby Books



Saturday, August 4, 2012, 6-9 pm

312 Newport Avenue

Long Beach, CA 90814

Southern California residents, here’s something fun — and inspiring — to do this weekend. Join poets Fred Voss and Joan Jobe Smith on Saturday, August 4th, to help raise money for this year’s Beside the City of Angels Long Beach Poetry Festival.  $25 (at the door) gets you food & beverage and an exclusive outdoor reading with two of California’s most acclaimed poets — Fred Voss and Joan Jobe Smith. This event is designed to raise money for this year’s Long Beach Poetry Festival (October 13, 2012).  Link to more information here.