Anthony Schneider's "Lowdown" w/ Kathy DeMarco Van Cleve
Please join us for a reading and discussion with ANTHONY SCHNEIDER
—author of LOWDOWN—
in conversation with KATHY DEMARCO VAN CLEVE!
All it takes is one mistake. For Jimmy Paccini, savvy and cool-headed, it was joining the Brooklyn mob, the easy way out of a nowhere life that – for arranging the execution of the head of a rival crime family—rewarded him with a quarter-century of hard time. For Milena Cossutta, sexy and smart, it was selling out her dreams to marry a handsome but hot-headed made man, Vinnie DeNunzio, which left her on the run from the feds in Sicily, a stranger in a strange land. And sometimes the mistake is crazy, forbidden love—like the one between Jimmy and Milena. Or could it be their salvation? Spanning three decades and two continents, soaked in passion, blood and the garish colors of the mean streets, Lowdown is a vivid, gripping romantic thriller that follows a twisting road strewn with sorrow and desire, deceit and ecstasy, shocking violence and intimate tenderness, to arrive at a surprising, bittersweet redemption.
ANTHONY SCHNEIDER’s first novel, Repercussions, was hailed by critics around the world and won an Indies Book of the Year Award. His new novel, Lowdown, has also been widely praised. National Public Radio had this to say: “Absorbing… sizzles with insider savvy… almost non-stop reading because you care about the main characters, even if they’re not good. Yes, there’s violence, but there’s also a love story here, that’s not only believable but heartwarming. What’s more, Schneider shows he can not only do blunt action prose but lyrically evocative descriptions.”
Anthony has been published in McSweeneys, Conjunctions, Bold Type, Details, US News & World Report, as well as fiction anthologies and other magazines. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the NYU Creative Writing Program, Anthony was awarded a MacDowell Fellowship and was a Pushcart Prize finalist. When he’s not writing, Anthony builds startups and works in consulting. He lives with his wife and son in New York and London.
A senior lecturer at Penn in both English and Cinema Studies, KATHY DEMARCO VAN CLEVE is a novelist, screenwriter, film producer and teacher. She recently adapted the Young Readers edition of the National Book-nominated Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge by Erica Armstrong Dunbar.
Kathy is also working with novelist Wesley Stace on a film adaptation of his novel Charles Jessold: Considered as a Murderer and her own young adult book series, Hurricane Ike. Her middle grade novel, Drizzle, received starred reviews from Publisher's Weekly and The Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books, and won the Pennsylvania state students’ choice award for best middle-grade novel. For many years, she was the creative partner of actor and writer John Leguizamo, during which time she produced the films Joe the King, (winner of the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the Sundance Film Festival), Pinero, (a Miramax release starring Benjamin Bratt) and Undefeated (an HBO film starring Leguizamo). She graduated with a dual degree from the Wharton School and the College of Arts & Sciences and lives with her husband and two sons in Philadelphia.