Local Author Talk - Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer

The Little Gate-Crasher Author Talk with Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer

You've never met anyone like Mace Bugen—he was 43 inches of unstoppable spirit and energy! Mace was a first-generation Jewish-American born in 1915—when society had low expectations for children born with differences. But Mace was smarter than most; over the years he learned to effectively turn what society in those days called a “handicap” into a powerful tool he could use to his advantage. Over a period of three decades, using his unique combination of guile, cunning, handicap, and sense of entitlement, Mace engineered photos of himself with some of the biggest celebrities of his day—among them Muhammad Ali, Jonas Salk, Jane Russell, Sammy Davis, Jr., Joe DiMaggio, and Richard Nixon—all featured in the book.The Little Gate-Crasher tells the story of how Mace became a self-made millionaire and a pillar in his Jewish community, and how his progressive-minded family gave him the confidence to lead a charmed life.

Join us for a fun evening that will lift your spirits as we share the life lessons from Mace’s grand adventures: his unstoppable spirit that shows there’s value in every person and his courage to face whatever obstacles life sends your way.