Interview with Colleen Turner of A Literary Vacation September 15, 2016
Article in Businessing Magazine September 18, 2016
Book signing at Reverie, vintage and estate jewelry, 40 W. 25th St. NYC December 11, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mother-Daughter Memoir by Billie Tekel Elias published in time for Mother’s Day
(New York) – May 7, 2016
An intimate, personal memoir by new indie author, Billie Tekel Elias, is available in time for Mother’s Day, it was announced today. Self-published through Createspace, the book is available in paperback at www.createspace.com/5765382 and ebook.
Pearl’s Party…and you’re invited is a musical homage to the author’s unconventional Auntie Mame-like mother. Following her avant-garde1959 divorce, Pearl was charged with supporting her only child, a five year old daughter. Blazing a trail in several unique businesses like custom-blending cosmetics and founding a posh dog-grooming salon was only the start. The two forged a close relationship in the adult world that is usually only revealed to only children. The mother exposed her child to Picasso’s erotica, dog matings and cross-dressing gay friends. The duo traveled together and partied together for decades.
The music of the 50s, 60s and beyond is woven through the stories of Pearl’s escapades, as are the artifacts and bits of ephemera that her daughter unveiled as she prepared Pearl’s home for sale following her death. Ms. Elias thought she knew everything there was to know about her mother, but she learned more as she wrote the book and explored the clues her parent had left behind. The lesson she hopes others will take away is: it’s never too early to find out all you want to know about their loved ones.
Ms. Elias is a graduate of Columbia Engineering and holds an M.S. from Stanford. She worked on Wall Street as an engineer before starting her own import company. While raising a child she was a purveyor of educational toys that helped her child, MIT Class of 2016, achieve academic success. This is her first book.
Billie Tekel Elias