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‘Editor’ author to Pages

Steven Rowley, author of the lauded 2016 novel “Lilly and the Octopus,” will be coming to Pages bookstore tonight, to talk about his latest novel “The Editor,” which pairs a writer seeking his big break with Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis as an editor.

Rowley, who for years tried to break into screenwriting and worked as a paralegal to make ends meet, rose to prominence with “Lilly.” The book, which Rowley at one point planned to self-publish, made its way to Simon & Schuser. It was deemed full of pathos by critics, led to a publishing deal, and has been optioned into a movie.
For “The Editor,” Rowley turns to the book business, creating struggling writer James Smale as a protagonist, and diving into the former First Lady’s foray into the editing world. Onassis worked as an editor at Doubleday, and at one point edited Carly Simon’s autobiography. The book turns around a friendship that develops between the two, and explores the directions it pushes Smale’s writing.

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The event begins at 7 p.m. To purchase a ticket, which includes a copy of “The Editor,” go to Pages’ website: pagesabookstore.com/event

Police Week

May 12 to 16 is National Police Week, which recognizes the service and sacrifice of U.S. law enforcement officers. The week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

During National Police Week, Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) promotes blue ribbons tied on car antennas as a reminder to the public that many law enforcement officers have paid the ultimate price and given their lives in the line of duty. It is also to honor those officers who, day and night, stand guard in our communities.

Residents who would like to show support can pick up blue ribbons at the Manhattan Beach Police Department lobby during National Police Week. Also this week, MBPD will have a Police Officer Memorial Display in the lobby and at the Police Memorial Wall (north of the station lobby), and invite citizens to come view those displays and pay tribute to the three MBPD officers who were killed in the line of duty:

Officer Charles Frederick Grau – End of Watch, Sept. 11, 1952

Officer Richard Timothy Giles – End of Watch, Feb. 14, 1962

Officer Martin Lane Ganz – End of Watch, Dec. 27, 1993

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