ST. MARYS – On Friday evening, New York Times best-selling author RoseMarie Terenzio will make an appearance at the St. Marys Public Library, where she plans to discuss her book "Fairy Tale Interrupted: A Memoir of Life, Love and Loss." The event offers a night of recollections of John F. Kennedy Jr. from Terenzio, his former personal assistant and confidante.
The 247-page book is described as a "deeply loving story and a fascinating adventure, filled with warmth, humor, insight and five years' worth of unforgettable mistakes."
"I hope people take from the book that it is not a celebrity tell-all, that's obvious," Terenzio said. "I think that one of the things that I got out of the book, that I hope people get, is that the best part of your life is not over, no matter what you're doing or where you are or how old you are, the best part of your life doesn't have to be in the past."
The St. Marys Public Library and local author John Schlimm are co-hosting the event, which begins at 7 p.m. with refreshments. At 7:30, there will be a question-and-answer session with Terenzio and book signing to follow at 8 p.m. Both Terenzio and Schlimm share the same literary agent, St. Marys native Steve Troha of Folio Literary Management.
Books will be available for purchase at the event, with all proceeds benefitting the library. The event is free and open to the public. Those who would like more information may call 834-6141 or visit www.stmaryslibrary.org .
"We are honored that Ms. Terenzio is taking the time to visit our library. What a thrill it is to give our patrons the chance to meet a best-selling author and listen firsthand about the experiences that put this book together," said St. Marys Public Library Director Scarlette Corbin. "I can't express how grateful we are to be able to offer a program of this caliber."
Now at age 44, Terenzio looks back on her true-life fairy tale in which a sassy girl from a working-class, close-knit Italian family from the Bronx finds herself in a glamorous job working closely with an array of celebrities through "George" magazine, which Kennedy co-founded, all the while becoming fast friends with New York's golden couple, Kennedy and his wife, Carolyn Bessette.
She explained that she often felt self-conscious working in a field overrun with people who had Ivy League educations.
Terenzio's journey takes readers behind the scenes of what life was like working with Kennedy. She addresses the personal strains she faced being trusted with the couple's personal details, the biggest of which involved planning their wedding, and eventually Kennedy's funeral with the help of his sister, Caroline Kennedy. Terenzio said the book allows her to honor and remember her friends in her own personal way, often describing John as the older brother she never had and Carolyn as her fairy godmother.
In addition to her professional duties as Kennedy's publicist and assistant, Terenzio often played many other roles, from marriage counselor to best friend to spokeswoman.
A portion of the book reads, "We were together almost all day, every day. I was John's gatekeeper, controlling access to someone whom everyone wanted time with. As his loyal assistant and friend, I would have done anything for him. John gave me opportunities that changed my life forever, taking me on the most dramatic journey a girl in New York City could ever dream of. Especially a girl like me."
Pick up a copy of the Wednesday, April 25, 2012 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.