IPSWICH – A special multimedia event will take place on Saturday April 2 to celebrate Kerry Zagarella’s first novel and the event at the High Street Studio promises to be a family affair.
The celebration, at High Street Studios and This Works Press, 125 High St., will mark the release of ‘1968 The Age of Reason’, the debut novel by award-winning storyteller, playwright, poet and educator Zagarella.
The celebration will include an author’s reading, the screening of a short film, a 10-minute “1968 in Technicolor” video collage by his son, Gus, and a performance of ’60s music Far Out, the sound band son Henry.
Zagarella is no stranger to performing: as a storyteller, she has performed at the Huntington Theatre, won a Moth Story-slam and was grand champion at Newburyport’s Full Moon Story Slam.
She is also a former New Hampshire State Poetry Slam Champion and was a member of Boston’s first poetry slam team. Two of his plays were produced at the Firehouse Theater in Newburyport.
“1968 The Age of Reason,” her first full-length novel, traces the turmoil of 1968, Vietnam, racism and assassination, through the eyes of a Catholic schoolgirl approaching her first communion and seventh birthday in a dysfunctional home. and increasingly cynically and chaotic outside world. When the High Street book is released, Zagarella will read the text and share related stories. The participation of his sons in the evening is a natural consequence of their education.
“My husband Neal and I ran open mics in cafes and published cut-and-paste art magazines while Gus and Henry were growing up. Creative expression was deeply revered in our house. It’s very inspiring to see our sons become very disciplined artists themselves.
Zagarella’s performance will begin with a 10-minute “1968 in Technicolor” video collage and end with a dance party to live Far Out music. Admission will include a signed copy of his novel.
Tickets are available online at Thisworkspress.org and highstreet.studio, and by email at [email protected] and Zenobia in Ipswich.