Russian Poetry Launch for Larissa Shmailo’s Patient Women

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Press contacts:
Larissa Shmailo
Regina Khidekel

Russian Launch Party for LarissaShmailo’s Patient Women
315West 54th Street
NewYork, NY
Tuesday, September 8,2015
7:00 to 10 pm
FREE; open to the public
New York City. A real Russian launch party will celebrate thepublication of poet Larissa Shmailo’s mixed genre novel, Patient Women, on September 8.Sponsored by the Russian American Culture Center, the event features thetalents of a glittering host of prominent Eastern European and New York Cityliterary figures, including Alex Cigale, Steve Dalachinsky, Bonny Finberg,Andrey Gritsman, Patricia Spears Jones, Ron Kolm, Irina Mashinski, Yuko Otomo,Audrey Roth, and Thad Rutkowski.
About Patient Women
Patient Women has been called “a brutally honest wrestling match of truth-telling andsex”and “the best book . . . about this period of life in NYC since Patti Smith’s Just Kids.” Thaddeus Rutkowski, authorof Haywire, writes:
Larissa Shmailo’s Patient Women tells the story ofNora, a gifted young woman who comes of age in New York against heavy odds. HerRussian mother is demanding; the young men around her are uncaring; and herdependence on drink and sex leads her to a shadowy life filled with self-made demons.Yet Nora’s intelligence pulls her through the difficult times—there are evenmoments of (very) dark humor here.
AnneElliott, author of TheBeginning of the End of the Beginning, adds:
Christ-figuresare likely to be cross-dressers in this engaging bildungsroman, which takes uson a wild ride through NYC nightclubs of the 1970′s, rock-bottom blackouts, awhorehouse, and the slogan-filled rooms of recovery. Surreal and lyrical, thenbawdy and riotous, then plainspoken and tragic, Patient Women had me rooting hard for its lovable, drowning heroineto keep her head above water and let in grace.
The RussianAmerican Cultural Center
TheRussian American Cultural Center (RACC) sponsors readings, art exhibitions, filmscreenings, and other events of interest throughout New York; for more informationabout RACC, see their website at
Thelaunch party for Patient Women isfree and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase and signingby the author at the event. Patient Womenis also available on Amazon at


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