POSTPONED: Mikel Jollett Live at McGregor Square

This event has been postponed. A new date will be announced if possible. All ticket holders will be refunded by April 20th.



Join instant New York Times bestselling author and Airborne Toxic Event frontman, Mikel Jollett for an in-person event to discuss his remarkable memoir, Hollywood Park. Each ticket includes admission to the event and a signed paperback edition. 


ABOUT THE BOOK: Hollywood Park is a remarkable memoir of a tumultuous life. Mikel Jollett was born into one of the country’s most infamous cults, and subjected to a childhood filled with poverty, addiction, and emotional abuse. Yet, ultimately, his is a story of fierce love and family loyalty told in a raw, poetic voice that signals the emergence of a uniquely gifted writer.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Mikel Jollett is the author of the instant New York Times bestselling memoir Hollywood Park and is the frontman of the indie band The Airborne Toxic Event. Prior to forming the band, Jollett graduated with honors from Stanford University. He was an on-air columnist for NPR's All Things Considered, an editor-at-large for Men's Health and an editor at Filter magazine. His fiction has been published in McSweeney's.  




“His life story is unbelievable. He was born in one of the world’s most dangerous cults. Separated from his mother at the age of six months, and eventually escapes, goes through poverty, has a father with some serious drug addictions. It’s amazing how low he started...and it ends up being a story of redemption. I don’t think I’ve read a book quite like this one.”

—Harlan Coben


 “Mikel Jollett, the frontman of indie band The Airborne Toxic Event, chronicles his tumultuous life. Jollett was born into one of the country’s most infamous cults and subjected to a childhood filled with poverty, addiction and emotional abuse. What comes through the pages is a story of fierce love and family loyalty. This moving and profound memoir is for anyone who loves a good redemption story.”

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“A beautifully written memoir.”

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“A Gen-X This Boy’s Life...Hollywood Park is a triumph."


“Jollett was raised from childhood in a cult, brought up under the leaders of Synanon. With stunning clarity, he tells of his mother's escape and the subsequent trials his family endured.” 

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“The frontman of rock band The Airborne Toxic Event chronicles, in gorgeous and exacting lyricism, his harrowing coming-of-age within (and eventual escape from) the Church of Synanon, a violent religious cult.”

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“[A] fascinating’s an exquisitely deep and moving tale of transformation and the search for love.”

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"A memoir that’s dangerous, immediate and lyrical from the jump.”


"Jollett has a literary bent. He recognizes literature as what critic Kenneth Burke called equipment for living. You sense any novel he’d write would be a good one, a Denis Johnson-esque tale. You never doubt he knows what he’s doing."




"Hollywood Park succeeds most in compassionately depicting the suffering and struggle of others with addiction: those left to obscurity; those barely holding on. Jollett's life story shows that you can pass through the gauntlet of pain and trauma to self-reliance and sustainable meaning.”


“ absorbing, emotional read.”



“A remarkable memoir.”


“Gripping and brutally honest.”


  "A book about a child born in a cult is a unique story, and yet [Jollett] universalize[s] it."

— Finneas


“A moving, deeply introspective reckoning. Jollett emerges on the page an astute observer of his own vulnerability.”




Event Location: 
McGregor Square