Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 7:30 pm
Join us and Newsday Live for a free virtual talk between author Dan Mathews and actor Alec Baldwin, with introduction by Newsday’s Mark Chiusano! To register please click here.
Dan Mathews knew that his eccentric mother, Perry Lawrence, was outspoken, foul-mouthed, and, at seventy-eight years old, unable to maintain her fiercely independent lifestyle—so he flew her across the country (with his ex-boyfriend as her escort) to live with him in a dilapidated Victorian townhouse in Portsmouth, Virginia. What he didn’t know was that she was schizophrenic. LIKE CRAZY: Life with My Mother and Her Invisible Friends is an uplifting, funny, and heartbreaking memoir about a mother and son on a journey of self-discovery and the rag-tag community that rallied together to support the most unconventional of mothers as she entered the last phase of her life.
Dan Mathews was born and raised in Orange County, CA by a single mother who encouraged her boys to bring home stray animals. In high school, he was beaten up for being gay and credits those rough times with helping him develop the thick skin needed to be an animal activist. He began working at PETA as a receptionist and within a year was organizing protests. As PETA’s Director of Campaigns, his job is to increase awareness of the rights of animals through high-profile events.
Award-winning actor and activist Alec Baldwin is the author of three books: A PROMISE TO OURSELVES (his critique of the California family law system), his memoir NEVERTHELESS and, along with Kurt Andersen, a Trump parody memoir entitled YOU CAN’T SPELL AMERICA WITHOUT ME. Since 1980, Alec Baldwin has appeared in numerous productions on stage, in films and on television. He has received a Tony nomination (A Streetcar Named Desire, 1992) an Oscar nomination (The Cooler, 2004) and has won three Emmy awards, three Golden Globes and seven consecutive Screen Actors Guild Awards as Best Actor in a Comedy Series for his role on NBC-TV’s 30 Rock. He has been a regular host and guest star on Saturday Night Live. Alec hosts the MATCH GAME, the classic television game show, on ABC, a portion of the proceeds going to charity.
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