On November 18 Randall Kenneth Jones will introduce Marco Island to his blend of humor, heart and wisdom at a Book Launch Party for his new book “Show Me.” From 5:30-7 PM at the Marco Island Center for the Arts, Jones will read excerpts from his book, tell playful behind-the-scenes stories, and discuss his interviews with the likes of?Pat Benatar,?Hoda Kotb,?Janet Evanovich,?Jack Hanna,?Suze Orman,?Willard Scott?and many more.
“Show Me” is a compilation of over 100 conversations with celebrities, business leaders, journalists, entertainers and sports legends presented alongside whimsical anecdotes that showcase unexpected lessons from Jones’ screwball life. What should you expect from the evening? Humor, pathos and wisdom.
“Since I’m from Missouri, the ‘Show Me State,’ I thought this was an apt title for my book, and since I perform regularly at the Sugden Theater in Naples (Mel Brooks has been very good to me), you can bet the evening at the Art Center will be filled with me showing the audience how much fun it is to laugh and be inspired at the same time,” commented Jones with a wink.“I’m a born storyteller,” he continues, “I believe you can be entertaining and share information that will help and inspire people at the same time.”
“Show Me” features a foreword by The Emily Post Institute’s Peggy Post, who met Jones years ago when he interviewed her for an article. She describes Jones as “authentic,” and says that he “put his heart and soul” into the book, “finding the positive in every interview, and passing along life lessons” to his readers.
Jones’ personal goal for the evening is not just to promote his book. He also wants to raise awareness to what the Arts can do for the community. “I AM my Arts education,” he states unequivocally. “I graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a degree in Speech and Dramatic Arts and that has helped me get where I am today.”
Tickets for this fundraising event are $25, and include a copy of “Show Me.” Seating is limited.?Tickets may be purchased online at www.marcoislandart.org under “Events,” by phone at 239-394-4221, or in person at the Marco Island Center for the Arts, 1010 Winterberry Drive.