Wilkes-Barre Times Leader: Local authors, local books
NEPA writers share natural healing tips, a rock ‘n’ roll memoir, a man running from his fears and one big mistake
Walk, Don’t Run: A Rockin’ and Rollin’ Memoir
Author: Steven Jae Johnson
Published by Anthony R. Michalski
Publisher’s hometown: Wilkes-Barre
Page count: 260
Published through: Kallisti Publishing
Publisher’s local connection: Michalski lives in Wilkes-Barre. “I’ve been around. Not much compares to ye olde NEPA. We’re a short shot from New York City and Philly,” he said. “We have the best pizza. We have amazing talent in the area. And we’ve had great books coming from here for the last 10 years.”
At Kallisti, Michalski publishes personal development/self-help/business/inspirational books. “I’m small and growing. I’ve had quite a few successes,” he said.
About the book: “Walk, Don’t Run” is a memoir that takes place on Hollywood’s Sunset Strip in the ’60s. It’s the story of Steven “Rusty” Johnson and his friends, one of whom was actor Edward James Olmos, as they search for rock ‘n’ roll stardom. Michalski describes the book as “an amazing story that is glamorous, inspiring, and gritty — a marvelous fusion of the ups, downs, and in-betweens of life and music and passion in the 1960s Hollywood, California, the place where dreams are made and chased and, sometimes, die.”
The book has its own soundtrack, featuring songs Johnson recorded with Olmos in 1968.