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Book Signing for “On the Guest List” for Nutley Book Club, Nutley, NJ

Published November 7, 2017 by Maryanne

DSCF0662From left – Maria Labadia, Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta, Kiran Patel

Last night I was extremely honored to do a book reading/signing for the Nutley Book Club, Nutley, New Jersey, at the Nutley Library.

Of all my book signings since I published my first book, “On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist” (https://www.amazon.com/Guest-List-Adventures-Music-Journalist/dp/162903908X) this was by far my favorite because the guests read the book prior to the event!

It’s the coolest feeling for an author to hear, “I wanted to meet you!”

We had a great time talking about the book and people sharing their own musical experiences. The one thing I always hear about “Guest List” is that even if readers don’t know the bands I’m speaking about, they are relating because of how my love for music translates on the pages. “Like reading a diary” I’m often told.

Prior to the reading, Maria and Kiran took me to a wonderful dinner at Luna restaurant. I had great conversation and laughs with two wonderful ladies.

It was indeed a five-star night!

Carmine Appice Book Reading/Signing at Barnes & Noble, Springfield, NJ

Published May 7, 2016 by Maryanne

SAM_0028Meeting Carmine Appice

What better way to spend a Saturday afternoon than meeting a rock legend and hanging out with other music fans?!

Carmine Appice was at Barnes & Noble, Springfield, New Jersey,  today, promoting his memoir “Stick It!”

Over 50 people were in attendance, listening attentively as Carmine shared great stories about his adventures working with Ted Nugent, Rod Stewart, and Ozzy Osbourne. Carmine is also known for drumming with Vanilla Fudge and Cactus.

I first heard of Carmine from one of Rod Stewart’s records when I was a teenager. Back then, you’d listen to an album and study the album cover, front and back, and learn who all the musicians are. That’s how I learned the name Carmine Appice. Kids today don’t do that; they download music and take it all for granted. This is what I spoke to Carmine about during our brief chat. He was awesome! And afterwards I had a similar chat with his beautiful wife Leslie who was hanging out in the back with other fans. That’s the coolest part about going to any intimate music event — meeting so many people on the same wavelength!

Rod Stewart wrote the foreword to the book, which is endorsed by Max Weinberg, Brian May, Paul Stanley, Marky Ramone, and Ted Nugent.

I can’t wait to start reading it!

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For more information on Carmine Appice, visit: http://www.carmineappice.net/

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is the author of “On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist” available on Amazon in paperback only: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/162903908X

Guest on WRAT, 95.9, Belmar, New Jersey!

Published July 9, 2014 by Maryanne

SAM_5217Me with Keith Roth, host of Electric Ballroom

I was super thrilled to co-host Keith Roth’s radio show today (the show will air July 20) promoting my book, “On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist.”

We recorded about 40 minutes air time talking about music and fun stories. It’s always great fun chatting with someone you have the same musical tastes as. I got to pick out all the songs, but I’ll keep that as a surprise and share the set list afterwards!

Here are some of Keith’s links:

www.facebook.com/frankenstein3000
www.frankenstein3000.com

www.mainmanrecords.com

And to purchase “On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist” visit Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/162903908X

Reading/Book Signing “On the Guest List” Caldwell Library

Published June 26, 2014 by Maryanne

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Had a nice turn out at the Caldwell Library, Caldwell, New Jersey, last night and some lovely comments:

1. That I had a nice reading voice and I should record my book on audio for the blind.

2. That it was refreshing and rare that my book was so positive, that I had no anger or bitterness like many other memoirs.

It was super cool meeting the library director, Fran, who I’ve been talking to on the phone for some time. A kindred spirit who loves music and went to the Mudd Club!

To purchase my book, “On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist” go here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/162903908X

Book Reading/Signing Bergenfield Library, New Jersey

Published April 22, 2014 by Maryanne

SAM_4053Me and librarian, Don Hansen

I had an amazing time this morning at the Bergenfield Library, where I did a book reading and signing for my first book: “On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist” (available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/162903908X).

It was an excellent turn out! All the seats were filled! For the past several months I’ve been doing a lot of public speaking, but reading from your own book and having people enjoy it and say things like, “You were delightful” was phenomenal!

I shared several stories from my book including: My first concert (Meat Loaf), my friendship with the late Cyrinda Foxe, getting locked in Max’s Kansas City and hanging out with The Bay City Rollers!

I sold several books and I am ecstatic!

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I love my lucky “Billy Cat” bag from my friend Shaolin.

I carry the books in here, it brings me good luck!

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I enjoyed meeting new people I haven’t met before!

SAM_4059This cool lady told me her kids call her “Metal Mom!”

SAM_4060Friends who actually found me via this blog!

They were at the Annabella Lwin show last fall and saw my blog about the show!

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SAM_4063Afterward, with my husband Dennis, my rock!