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Author and dancer Mary Lou Sanelli visits Port Townsend on her book tour for "The Star Struck Dance Studio of Yucca Springs." She'll be presenting a reading from the book with dancers Salina Treider, Shanta Corra & Stephanie Cain opening the event.
A powerful new novel about how dance can save lives from accomplished author, speaker, and dancer Mary Lou Sanelli, author of "The Immigrant’s Table", comes "The Star Struck Dance Studio of Yucca Springs" (Chatwin Books). Her novel uses the intimate space of a dance studio to explore the families we are born into and the ones we choose, and how art enables us to overcome prejudice and fear.
"The Star Struck Dance Studio of Yucca Springs" will resonate with any person who has found art, and through art, found themselves. Young adults in particular will see themselves reflected in Lucy’s struggles to understand herself, raise her voice, and embrace her journey into adulthood. Sanelli also hopes the story will speak to LGBTQ youth who have faced discrimination and its aftermath. Sanelli’s novel will stay with readers far beyond the final page and makes a perfect book club read or a gift for close friends and loved ones.
The Bellingham Herald described her previous work as “creative, beautifully written, and jaw-droppingly honest.” Seattle Weekly called Sanelli “an exceptional observer,” saying, “her writing is at once intellectually inviting and deeply personal.”
About the Author
Mary Lou Sanelli, author, speaker, and dance teacher, has published seven collections of poetry and three works of non-fiction. Honors include an Artist Trust GAP Award, a Jack Straw Writers Award, a Seattle Bumbershoot Festival Book Award, and a GoodReads Notable Book Award. Sanelli is a regular columnist for Art Access, Lilipoh, City Living, and Queen Anne & Magnolia News, and is also a regular contributor to Dance Teacher magazine. Her work has been featured on The Seattle Times’ opinion page and on NPR.