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      February 16, 2020

      Sunday   5:00 PM

      1818 N Vermont Avenue
      Los Angeles, California 90027

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      SANDS HALL discusses her memoir RECLAIMING MY DECADE LOST IN SCIENTOLOGY with MAGGIE ROWE

      Reclaiming My Decade Lost in Scientology (Counterpoint)

      In the secluded canyons of Hollywood, Sands Hall—a young woman from a literary family striving to forge her own way as an artist—finds herself increasingly drawn toward the certainty that Scientology appears to offer. Her time in the Church, the 1980s, includes the secretive illness and death of its founder, L. Ron Hubbard, and the ascension of David Miscavige. In Reclaiming My Decade Lost in Scientology, Hall compellingly reveals what drew her into the religion—what she found intriguing and useful—and how she came to confront its darker sides and escape.

      Praise for Reclaiming My Decade Lost in Scientology:

      “With its keen attention to the language and tactics of the church, Hall’s memoir is unique among the assortment of Scientology reports and exposés, offering insight into the certainties that its subjects gain.” —The Nation

      “Some of the most penetrating, illuminating prose about how an educated and skeptical person could get so deeply into, and then struggle to escape, what everyone around her warned was a dangerous cult . . . brilliant.” —The Underground Bunker

      “If it is Scientology’s offer of a life with meaning that hauls her in . . . it is its approach to meaning that keeps her . . . Hall’s fascination with this is palpable.” —Camille Ralphs, The Times Literary Supplement

      Sands Hall is the author of the memoir Reclaiming My Decade Lost in Scientology, finalist for the Northern California Book Award, and a Publishers Weekly Best Book in Religion and Spirituality. She is also the author of the novel Catching Heaven, a Random House Reader’s Circle selection, and Tools of the Writer’s Craft. She teaches for the Iowa Summer Writing Festival and for the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, among other conferences. She lives in Nevada City, California. Find out more at sandshall.com.

      For the last fifteen years, Maggie Rowe has performed in and produced the Com­edy Central stage show sitnspin, Los Angeles’s longest running spoken-word show, having taken the reins from creator Jill Soloway in 2002. She has sold pilots to Disney, Nickelodeon, and HBO; co-scribed the screenplay for the film Bright Day with Andersen Gabrcyh; and has written for Arrested Development and Flaked for Netflix. Maggie is the creator of the faux religion Pyrasphere and the theatrical satires Hollywood Hellhouse and Hollywood Purity Ball. She is the author of “Sin Bravely: a Memoir of Spiritual Disobedience” which she is developing as a television show with NBC Universal.

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