Falmouth Jewish Congregation welcomes the public to an author talk on Thursday, January 3 at 1:00 P.M. featuring Lou Cove and his book Man of the Year: A Memoir. This event, which includes a book sale and signing handled by Eight Cousins Bookstore, is part of Falmouth Jewish Congregation’s participation in the Jewish Book Council’s Author Network, which brings authors to communities for talks and book signings. Read reviews, discussion guides, and interviews at www.jewishbookcouncil.org. Light refreshments will be served. Facilities are accessible to all and everyone is welcome. February’s Jewish Book Council talk on Tuesday, February 5 at 1:00 P.M. will feature Jamie Bernstein, author of Famous Father Daughter: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein.
Lou Cove’s memoir, Man of the Year, tells the improbably true story of Lou’s 13th year, one very unusual campaign, and the unexpected guest that taught him how to be a man. As the campaign reaches its inevitable conclusion, darker problems surface, and Lou is forced to face up to the harsh afterglow of fame and some painful truths about growing up. A fresh twist on the coming-of-age memoir, yes, but also a tale of lost innocence, of Almost Famous giving way to Boogie Nights. Man of the Year was recognized as one of Amazon’s 2017 best book of the year and as a People Magazine Pick of the Week.
A taste of Lou’s story goes like this. 1978 promised to be another year of dislocation for twelve-year-old Lou Cove, the eighth move in his short life. His freethinking Jewish family had just moved from New York, leaving behind Zabar’s for working-class Salem, MA, hardly the place for a longhaired Mets fan on the cusp of becoming Bar Mitzvah. And that was before the arrival of Howie Gordon: actor, artist, hippie, lover, and Playgirl’s Mr. November. When Howie enlists Lou as his campaign manager” in his efforts to be named Playgirl Man of the Year, the unlikely duo embarks on a quest to win the hearts and minds of the witches and wharf rats of Salem.
Lou Cove is an author who was an editor and journalist in his early career, as well as a fundraising advisor who has raised more than $70 million, mostly for Jewish causes. At the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, he has helped build a $20 million alliance of national funders to support the PJ Library, which provides Jewish-themed books and media to families free of charge. He has served as senior fundraising advisor to CEOs and Boards of Trustees at numerous national non-profits, including the American Institute for Architects, Represent.Us, Double Edge Theatre and Girls Leadership Institute. He is former Executive Director of Reboot, a network of leading young Jewish creatives devoted to “rebooting” modern Jewish culture: digital entrepreneurs at Google and YouTube; creators of TV shows and films like Lost, Orange is the New Black, Transparent, Anchorman and Star Trek; journalists from NYT, Wired, and WSJ, etc. Under his leadership, Reboot launched and attracted millions to projects like National Day of Unplugging, 10Q and Sukkah City. Lou was also Vice President of the National Yiddish Book Center.