Jessamyn Violet with Abram Shalom Himelstein - Secret Rules to Being a Rockstar


Violet will read from her book, set in the 90s Hollywood music scene, and discuss the dangers and joys of the totally weird nineties vs. now. She will be joined by friend and Editor in Chief of UNO Press, Abram Shalom Himelstein. Following the discussion, she will sit down for a collaborative set from psych rock project Movie Club, featuring Jessamyn on drums and Vince Cuneo on guitar. Afterward, Violet will sign copies of her book. 

The event is free and open to the public.

Venice Beach author and drummer Jessamyn Violet will be at The Garden District Book Shop as part of her Reading Rocks Rainbow Tour for an exhilarating discussion and concert for her new book Secret Rules to Being a Rockstar. Violet’s debut LGBTQA+ novel sizzles with a coming-of-age story set in an industry of ambition, secrets, lies, and utter joy.

Eighteen-year-old Kyla Bell dreams of one day being a professional musician... but gets little to no support from her parents. Still, she practices every day and performs locally, harboring her own secret hopes. One night, her dreams are answered in the form of sultry rocker Ruby Sky, the magnetic frontwoman of her favorite band, Glitter Tears. Ruby hears Kyla perform and asks her to join the band on keys for their upcoming tour.

In order to accept, Kyla must drop out of her Western Massachusetts high school and move to Los Angeles immediately to live with a renowned yet highly volatile producer who has agreed to put her through "rock star boot camp" in a matter of weeks. Blindsided by her emerging feelings for Ruby Sky, Kyla tumbles through the lights and shadows of the 90s music scene in Los Angeles.

Event date: 

Tuesday, May 2, 2023 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

The Garden District Book Shop
2727 Prytania Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Secret Rules to Being a Rockstar By Jessamyn Violet Cover Image
ISBN: 9781953103291
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Three Rooms Press - April 18th, 2023