Girl Friday’s Famous Baby

Jan 13, 2015

FB-trailer-1Girl Friday is starting out the new year with Karen Rizzo’s Famous Baby, published in 2014 by Pasadena’s Prospect Park Books.

On January 23, at SPACE Arts Center, local writer and author Karen Rizzo will chat, sip wine, answer questions, eat dessert, and read from her debut novel Famous Baby. For those who like to sip wine, eat dessert, and read, this is a free evening of all three.

Famous Baby is Karen’s debut novel, after many years writing non-fiction mostly about her family and friends. Karen was the recipient of a MAGGIE Award for Best Essay in a West Coast Magazine, and her stories and essays have been heard on NPR and appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Living Fit, Salon, Beatrice, and Fresh Yarn, among others. (Official text)

Late Night Library asked Rizzo, What ingredients go into the recipe of your writing style? To which she answered, Equal part angst, fatigue, caffeine, inspiration, and true stories told in confidence.




Karen Rizzo’s Famous Baby: the story…

Ruth Sternberg penned one wildly successful coming-of-age novel before becoming the world’s first and most famous mommy blogger. Now, eighteen years later, daughter and blog subject Abbie is considerably bitter about her public exploitation. So she takes a gap year to escape the scrutiny and her overbearing mother. When Abbie discovers that her beloved grandmother is moving in with Ruth after receiving a terminal diagnosis, she suspects her mother has found a new subject to restore her languishing fan base. Abbie can’t bear the notion that her grandmother’s suffering will be shared with the nation, so she kidnaps her, sending her doting but misguided mother into a panic.

Full of wisdom and humor, this fast-paced novel poignantly explores mother love, family secrecy, growing up, midlife crises, end-of-life decisions, the price of fame, and the hazards of parental under- and over-sharing. (Official text)

“This deft first novel [is] a satirical exploration of the modern American family. . . . Rizzo’s wicked takedown of ‘mom bloggers’ concludes on an unexpectedly but convincingly sweet note, making this a very pleasing debut.” —Publishers Weekly


Girl Friday Book Club: Famous Baby
Friday, Jan. 23rd, 7-9 p.m.
SPACE, 1506 Mission St., South Pasadena 91030
This is a free event!
*Please feel free to come even if you haven’t had time to read the book before the meeting.
For more info, visit Girl Friday FB page

Take the Girl Friday Challenge: Share your most embarrassing or over-the-top story involving a parent or a child – best story wins a door prize!




“The Path to Story”



Starting January 20th and lasting six weeks, author Karen Rizzo and Jim Macdonald will lead “The Path to Story,” a writing lab for adults that will be held at SPACE in South Pasadena.

Looking to kickstart your writing? Find what you want to say, in prose, whether it’s fiction or non-fiction?  Through exercises and prompts, listening and sharing, you’ll write short pieces that can spur you to continue writing on your own. Either way, you’ll get an imagination-to-pen workout. (

Workshop begins Jan. 20th and meets 6 Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m. Cost: $240. Register here.

Jim Macdonald is a writer, director, and working actor. His short film Heavy Lifting won Best Short Film at the N.Y. Picture Stuart Film Festival and his one-man show, Big Frame Shakin’, had a healthy run at New York’s Ensemble Studio Theatre and in Los Angeles, where it was optioned by HBO.





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