A book Sal feels everyone should read is “The Princess Bride” by William Goldman… "the smartest, funniest, most powerful fairy tale ever written."
Sal's thoughts on libraries:
Libraries are more than simply a repository of knowledge. These days that knowledge can be found online. In many ways, a library is like a church--a place that is quiet and peaceful, a place where voices can be heard that speak only to you, a place where you can access and connect with knowledge in a way of your own choosing. You can find knowledge online but you can find wisdom in a library.
A few of Sal's favorite (local) things:
Festival or Event - St Patrick's Day/Murphys Irish Day
Historic Figure - Mark Twain
Tourist Attraction - Calaveras Big Trees State Park
Food & Drink - Valley Springs Mexican Food Truck
Museum or Gallery - Haggin Museum, in Stockton
"The King of Sting" was ranked #1 in Crime Biographies, and Top 5 in True Crime on amazon.com for many weeks, earning high praise as a "high-flying, adrenaline-filled story" (American Library Association) and "boisterous but strangely captivating" (Publishers Weekly).
Featured Local Author:
Salvatore (Sal) Manna
Publications that have presented Sal's writing include: Playboy, People, Time, Los Angeles Times, Boston Herald, San Jose Mercury-News, Billboard, Newsday, Los Angeles Magazine, Los Angeles Reader, Oui, Omni, Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, L.A. Weekly, Trouser Press, and The Valley Springs News.
His articles are also included in the books “Conversations With Maya Angelou” (University Press of Mississippi, 1989) and “Titanic: 100 Years Later” (Los Angeles Times Books, 2012).
"Dyn-O-Mite!" was called “a fast, funny and informative stand-up routine/memoir from one of the major comic stars of the 1970s” (Kirkus Reviews); the memoir “paints a revealing self-portrait that also depicts the changing times of a socially charged era…It’s a dyn-o-mite read” (American Profile).
There is no ideal setting in which Sal prefers to write: "it is always just the writer and the word. Everything else is a distraction."
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