in conversation with Rico Gagliano
discussing his latest children’s novel,
Nightmares! The Sleepwalker Tonic
Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre
New Roads School
Herb Alpert Educational Village
3131 Olympic Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90404
$30 Family Package — 1 adult, 2 kids, 1 book
$25 General Admission + book
$20 General Admission
Among the many successful films Jason Segel has written, starred in, produced, or written and performed songs for are The Muppets; Jeff Who Lives at Home; The Five-Year Engagement; I Love You, Man; and Forgetting Sarah Marshall. He has also starred in the hit television series How I Met Your Mother and the classic Freaks and Geeks. Segel’s latest critically acclaimed role in The End of the Tour casts him as famed author David Foster Wallace.
In September 2014, Segel broke into children’s publishing with the New York Times bestseller Nightmares! the first in a trilogy co-written with Kirsten Miller, the author of the Kiki Strike trilogy as well as the New York Times bestselling The Eternal Ones.
Nightmares! was inspired by Segel’s own childhood experience with night terrors. Originally conceived of as a motion picture screenplay, the story has evolved into an entirely engaging novel for middle-grade readers, populated with young characters grappling with relatable struggles and fears alongside uniquely comical yet terrifying villains (brought to life in the captivating black-and-white illustrations by Karl Kwasny).
Nightmares! The Sleepwalker Tonic is the next installment in Charlie Laird’s battle with the Netherworld. After battling the evil ruler of the Nightmare realm President Fear and returning to safety back in Cypress Creek, it looks like things are getting freaky again when nearby town Orville Falls is suddenly filled with . . . zombies? Rumor has it that no one’s sleeping in Orville Falls, which means Charlie and his friends are back on the case to set things right in this fun and creepy tale. (For ages 8-12)
Rico Gagliano is a writer and journalist living in Los Angeles. He co-hosts and co-created the public radio show The Dinner Party Download, which airs on over 120 stations and is among the most popular arts podcasts on iTunes. His work has also been heard on All Things Considered and especially the business show Marketplace – for which he filed stories from England, Ireland, The Netherlands, Norway, India, South Korea and across the US. His creative non-fiction has most recently appeared in Dwell magazine and in the 2014 edition of Outpost19’s California Prose Directory: New Writing From The Golden State.