Reading: Felice Picano and Eric Andrews-Katz
“Nights at Rizzoli” is the memoir of Picano, an aspiring but near-starving young writer who in 1971 lucked into a part-time job at the stunningly elegant Rizzoli Books at 712 Fifth Avenue. It metamorphosed into a life-changing experience, one that exposed him to some of the brightest lights in the world’s cultural capital. At the store, he himself became a key player on a stage that opened every night to a new drama that often featured romance, at times violence, and of course always the books and their readers. And when his shift was over, in this post-Stonewall, pre-AIDS era, the handsome young bookstore manager stepped from one world into another, prowling the piers, bars and very private clubs of a different New York City. “Tartarus,” by Eric Andrews-Katz tells the story of Olympian Gods who conquered and nearly destroyed an earlier race known as the Titans. Echidna, Mother of Monsters, was imprisoned in Tartarus, a deep, dungeon-like abyss. Centuries later she has escapes and returns to the modern Pacific Northwest vowing to seek revenge on the Olympian descendants. Adrian and Annelise have lived in the Pacific Northwest comfortably unaware of their Olympian birthright. When Adrian is introduced to an attractive sculptor, sparks fly until conflict slowly turns to romance.