The Leisure Seeker movie celebration and book signing hosted by author Michael Zadoorian will take place at 7 PM, March 21st at The Maple Theater, 4135 W Maple Rd, Bloomfield Twp, MI 48301. Call the theater at 248.750.1030 for more information or to reserve a ticket for this special event. Copies of The Leisure Seeker and Michael Zadoorian’s latest book:Beautiful Music;(in early release) will be available for purchase and signing after the screening.
Come celebrate the showing of The Lesiure Seeker — a movie adapted from Michael Zadoorian’s “Authentic and Funny love story” (People Magazine). The Leisure Seeker is the heartfelt tale of one couple’s last road trip together. Traveling in their vintage 1970s Leisure Seeker recreational vehicle, John (Donald Sutherland) and Ella Spencer (Hellen Mirren) take one last road trip from Boston to the Hemingway House in the Florida Keys before his Alzheimer’s and her cancer can catch up with them.
“The Leisure Seeker is pretty much like life itself: joyous, painful, moving, tragic, mysterious, and not to be missed.”—Booklist, starred review
“Zadoorian’s pace is deceptive, it’s restful. But unexpected scenes jump out at you. Come to the end and you’ll say ‘Oh my God.’” — Elmore Leonard
“Zadoorian has done no less than re-invent the American road story. These Easy Riders—drugged-up on meds, desperately in need of their naps, and determined to enjoy every last moment—are some of the most memorable characters I’ve ever met on the page.” — Pagan Kennedy
“Zadoorian’s offbeat humor and obvious sympathy for his characters takes a story that could have been grim in the wrong hands and turns it into one of the most delightful books I’ve read in years.” — Carol Schneck (Schuler Books & Music), for GALLEY TALK in Publishers Weekly
Book Beat has received special early permission to sell Michael Zadoorian’s latest book Beautiful Music two months ahead of its on-sale date at the movie event. Be sure to pick up a copy as this book will not be released to the general public until May 1st, 2018.
Set in Detroit during the 1970s, Beautiful Music is the story of Danny Yzemski’s transformation through the power of music. Danny is struggling with the sudden harsh realities of freshman year at a high school marked by racial turbulence – the aftermath of the race riots of 1967. However, Danny finds his reason to carry on through rock and roll. In particular, Danny revels in the drum and guitar-heavy songs of Detroit legends like MC5 and Iggy Pop.
“Zadoorian touches on white flight, iconic radio stations, and the racial history of Detroit, but remains rooted in Danny’s transition out of his shell. With its echoes of works by Nick Hornby and Stephen Chbosky, Zadoorian’s ebullient novel is full of energy, pain, growth, and great music.” –Publisher’s Weekly
About the Author: Michael Zadoorian is the native-Detroit author of the critically praised novel The Leisure Seeker — now a film starring Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland, released by Sony Pictures Classics this year. Zadoorian is a recipient of Kresge Artist Fellowship in the Literary Arts, the Columbia University Anahid Literary Arts, the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award, and the Michigan Notable Book Award. His other books are Second Hand: A Novel, and the story collection The Lost Tiki Palaces of Detroit.