Lisa Kermashek Mattson -- The Exes in My iPod: A Playlist of the Men Who Rocked Me to Wine Country -- Gables
This event includes a lively Q&A discussion between Lisa Kermashek Mattson and Miami author, poet and professor Jen Karetnick, dining critic for MIAMI magazine, as well as a wine tasting flight that follows the progression of the book's main character's palate.
Wine media veteran Lisa Kermashek Mattson has releasedThe Exes in My iPod: A Playlist of the Men Who Rocked Me to Wine Country, a novel the cleverly harnesses the emotion of music-triggered memories through audio speakers on mobile devices. Using a collection of ex-boyfriends’ songs, the book follows the dating disasters and pipe dreams of Miami transplant Harley Aberle, a redneck waitress who blossoms into a refined wine maven during her bewildering struggle to learn the difference between sex and love and the power of self-respect.
“I hope this book inspires women to create their own Exes playlists and discover the hidden beauty of all that baggage,” Mattson says. “Our relationships failures make us who we are. My iPod has been the best therapist I’ve ever had. I’ve learned so much about myself and what I need in a relationship to be happy be reliving all my dating mistakes through a playlist.” Fans can find out how to create their own Exes playlist at http://exesinmyipod.com/the-exes-playlist/.
Humbling yet reassuring,The Exes in My iPod: A Playlist of the Men Who Rocked Me to Wine Countryis a no-holds-barred account of Harley Aberle’s quest to win the hearts of a motley crew of men during her twenties—that golden decade of poor judgment where college, career, alcohol and romance run a crash course. With a musical time capsule of lucky 13 songs, Harley takes readers on a rockin’ journey through laugh-out-loud heartaches and headaches, as this Midwest waitress from a long line of alcoholics searches for true love and her calling in life—only to find both in California wine country.
About the Author
With a bachelor’s degree in communications and a master’s in heartache, Lisa Kermashek Mattson’s fate to write this book was sealed in elementary school when a snowball fight with her first boyfriend landed him in the hospital. He dumped her the following day.
Raised in rural Kansas, Mattson’s childhood was filled with cheap beer and fried chicken—an ideal foundation for a career promoting prestige wineries. Many nights spent raccoon hunting also prepared Mattson for her first journalism job writing obituaries for a daily newspaper. She escaped to South Florida during college, where she chased boys and caught rays while waiting tables in Coconut Grove. Not long after taking her first wine class at Florida International University, Mattson was sipping Malbecs and editing stories for The Wine News magazine in Coral Gables.
Twenty years and 50 boyfriends later, Lisa Kermashek Mattson is considered a thought leader in content marketing of luxury wines, juggling the roles of strategist, publicist, writer, videographer and photographer at Jordan Vineyard & Winery. Taking the not-so-straight-or-narrow road to finding her dream job and her dream guy was the most fulfilling—and humbling— journey of her life. The Exes in My iPod: A Playlist of the Men Who Rocked Me to Wine Country is her first novel. She resides in Sonoma County wine country with her husband, their Italian greyhound and a dwindling wine cellar.