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Jan Kerouac: A Life in Memory is the first biography of post-Beat novelist and poet Jan Kerouac.  Edited by Gerald Nicosia, it contains contributions by Nicosia, Phil Cousineau, Brenda Knight, Aram Saroyan, Brad Parker, John Allen Cassady, R.B. Morris, Jacques Kirouac, Adiel Gorel, Lee Harris, Mary Emmerick, Lynn Kushel Archer, Carl Macki, John Zielinski, Buddah (John Paul Pirolli), and Dan McKenzie, as well as a long interview with Jan by Nicosia and over 40 photographs.  The book, 189 pages with color cover and black-and-white illustrations, will be signed and personalized by Gerald Nicosia upon request.  It can be ordered postpaid with check or money order for $25 to Gerald Nicosia, P.O. Box 130, Corte Madera, CA 94976-0130.  Because of increased postal rates, orders from out of the country cost $32 postpaid, and only bank checks or international postal money orders in U.S. dollars are accepted.

Books are available at City Lights Bookstore and the Beat Museum in San Francisco and at Book Passage and the Mill Valley Book Depot in Marin County. 

26 copies, lettered A-Z, were signed by Gerald Nicosia and Phil Cousineau, with artwork by Jan Kerouac (color reproduction) tipped in.  These are available for $110 each postpaid (and can be insured only domestically).  The A-E lettered copies additionally contain an actual signature of Jan Kerouac tipped in.  These are available for $160 each postpaid (can be insured only domestically).  Please email gerald@geraldnicosia.com to check availability of the A-Z special edition before ordering.


“Jan Kerouac: A Life in Memory is indispensable reading.  It is also highly entertaining, provocative in many ways, and ultimately, a tragic portrait of the inescapable on-the-road spirit that has captivated generations.”
                        --Mark Spitzer, “Rain Taxi,” Summer 2009 issue [read book review here]


Book Parties & Special Events scheduled for Jan Kerouac: A Life in Memory

SATURDAY, September 26, 2009:  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, Cal. 
Nicosia and several contributors will read from and sign books.  For information call 415-927-0960.

WEDNESDAY, October 7, 2009:  City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., San Francisco. [view City Lights Book Party page]
Nicosia and several contributors will read from and sign copies.  For information, call 415-362-8193.

TUESDAY, November 10, 2009: North Beach Public Library, 2000 Mason St. at Columbus, San Francisco. 
Nicosia and several contributors will read from and sign books.  For information call 415-355-5626.

A SPECIAL CELEBRATION will be held for the book, to remember Jan Kerouac, and to honor the actual Kerouac/Kirouac family on Saturday, October 3, 2009, 3-5PM, during Kerouac Week in Lowell, Mass.  This celebration will be held in Edson Hall of St. Anne’s Episcopal Church—where Jan Kerouac herself appeared in person in October 1994.  The address is 10 Kirk Street (just one block off Merrimack St.) in downtown Lowell, Mass.  The event is free and open to the public.  It will be hosted by Gerald Nicosia, and among the expected attendees are Jacques Kirouac, Founding President of the Kerouac Family Association (L’Association des familles Kirouac) and other Kerouac family members from both Quebec and New England, as well as some of Jack Kerouac’s cousins from the Nashua area.  For information call 415-924-2270.


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