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Press Release 8/19/19                                                                                                     www.mariannedissard.com                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

NOT ME  -  Marianne Dissard                                                                                                                             

Memoir / Non-Fiction

Publication Dates : 10/15/19  (audiobook + ebook) + Paperback available now.

Publisher : Marianne Dissard

Imprint : Creosote

Distribution : Gardners  + author's website + (from Oct 15 all online platforms.

ISBN:      978-1-9993131-0-4  (paperback)

ISBN:      978-1-9993131-1-1  (ebook)

ISBN:      978-1-9993131-2-8  (audiobook)

Paperbacks already for sale at : London Review Bookshop (London), Word On The Water Bookbarge (London), Pages Cheschire (Londond), The Margate Bookshop (Margate), Harbour Books (Whitstable), Archive (Ramsgate), Vinyl Head (Ramsgate), Antigone Books (Tucson, Arizona).



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East Kent Walking Book Tour - 26 Sept to 6 Oct

An eccentric character who releases very fine and wonderful records, in fact so eccentric she once toured the French Pyrénées on foot with a donkey” (Marc Riley, BBC6)

Yes, a walking book tour of East Kent, 90 miles of storytelling and fellowship from Ramsgate to Deal, Dover down to Folkestone, up Canterbury and Faversham back to Thanet through Whitstable, Herne Bay with a launch party in Margate and a final stop in Broadstairs.

Daily performative readings (some with videos) by Marianne Dissard from her book 'Not Me' as well as a program of lunch-break guests speakers and BEAT Ambassadors speaking on topics relating to the book's themes ('The Addictive Personality', BEAT eating disorders recovery ressources, 'walking meditation', a yoga pratice...).

Live tour updates, walking routes, meeting points, and guest speakers? Follow up on social media @mariannedissard with hashtags #notmememoir #mariannedissard

All events are free, except Faversham.


Thursday 26 Sept / Ramsgate - Archive Cafe (6 to 8pm)

Friday 27 Sept / Margate - Making Waves Festival - showcase slot (9pm-12am) not part of walking tour

Saturday 28 Sept / Deal - The Deal Bookshop (3:30 to 5pm) + guest speakers Bettina Ji and BEAT Ambassador.

Sunday 29 Sept / Dover - Land Trust's Fort Burgoyne (12:30pm-2:30pm) + guests Dover Tales, Bettina Ji,...

Monday 30 Sept / Folkestone - Steep Street Café (4-6pm)  + guest speaker Megan Garrett-Jones

Tuesday 1 Oct / Canterbury - The Gulbenkian (7:30-9:30pm) + guest speaker BEAT Ambassador + videos

Wednesday 2 Oct / Faversham - The Hot Tin (7:30-9:30pm) - 5£/7£ + guest speaker BEAT Ambassador + videos

Thursday 3 Oct / Whitstable - The Umbrella Cafe ( 7:00-9:00pm)

Friday 4 Oct / Herne Bay - The Tranquility Space (6-8pm) + guest speaker Monica Marini

Saturday 5 Oct / Margate - Tom Thumb Theatre (launch party 8pm) + guest artists and BEAT Ambassador + videos

Sunday 6 Oct / Broadstairs - The Chapel (3-5pm) + guest speaker BEAT Ambassador


"My book deals with wellbeing and mental health. Walking is a joy, a high, a practice that, like meditation or yoga, can be enjoyed alone or with people. Walking also connects me to nature... or what's left of it in East Kent. The tour aims to provide a context to make sense of the book - in a physical, sensory way, to feel what it's like to be immersed in health, shared efforts and community. We will engage with guest speakers and learn from each other and the readings.

I've always loved walking since I was a child growing up in the French countryside", says Marianne. "Despite living then in American cities built around cars, I managed to still walk a lot — an oddball activity in those Western megapolises.

I invite fellow 'pilgrims' on this tour, an acknowledgement that recovery, of the kind detailed in my book but in truth from any form of addiction, can't happen without a connection to a community. There is a physical and time cost to walking but the rewards are clear and the method simple. Everyone is also welcome to contribute texts and thoughts about the loose theme of 'the inner record', testimonials to taking the time to listen and care for yourself and others".



"Good grief, this is amazing! I am offered a lot of stories of 'survival' and 'recovery', which tend to be messianic and, frankly, tedious, so I was at best open-minded, perhaps a little dubious, but your book is a knock-out. So frank and fluent and funny. Who else evokes a meditation retreat as pure purgatory? I was mentally climbing the walls."  Rose Shepherd / Saga Magazine, Simon And Schuster author.

"Often improbably funny, too, Not Me is without doubt one of the best books I've read this year."Andrew Smith / author, Moondust and Totally Wired

"I have read many books on eating disorders but none have cut through like Marianne's, cut through, remained and fed into personal and professional thinking" - Mabelle Penaver / Counsellor BACP British Association for Counsellors & Psychotherapists

“Marianne Dissard is that rare sort of talent: a literary chanteuse who renders the whole world with keen observations, wit, and pathos.” -  Mitch Cullin / author, A Slight Trick of the Mind and Tideland

“Not just painfully honest, but viscerally, brutally honest - a struggle for survival, and ultimately self-acceptance.” -  John Parish / producer, Let England Shake and How Animals Move

“Survival has always been billed as heroic, but you show us that survival - the difficult and secret task - is in how one faces the mundane: eating alone, living alone, talking to one's self. That's the power here.” -  Chris Rush / author, The Light Years (2019 Straus & Giroux)


Additional Events

UK/ 5 Septembre / London - Words on the Water Bookshop (5 to 7pm) with Terry Edwards (sax) and Lunatraktors

UK / 18 October / London - Scaledown Showcase, King & Queen, Fitzrovia (8 to 11pm)

DE /  10 October / Berlin - Hopscotch Reading Series  (time tbc)

UK/ 8-10 November / Manchester - Louder Than Words Festival  (1:30pm + 5:30pm Saturday 9 Nov, 11:30am + 3:30pm Sunday 10 Nov)

UK / 17-19 November / Margate - The Margate Bookie Festival  (time tbc)


 About 'Not Me'

French chanteuse Marianne Dissard recorded and toured with members of alt-Americana bands Giant Sand and Calexico. Her own desert noir chanson plays effortlessly with contradictions: tender, yet abrasive; melodramatic, but vulnerable; comical and heartbreaking.

Equally so her first book, 'Not Me', an impish and poetic exploration of trauma and the life of a touring musician, praised by three of Dissard's favorite authors, Mitch Cullin ('Tideland'), Chris Rush ('The Light Years') and Andrew Smith ('Moondust').

A courageous book of unflinching compassion, 'Not Me' is available from October 15th, 2019 as paperback (first edition is high quality-printed by CPI Antony Rowe UK), audiobook (read by the author) and eBook, with a cover design by noted British designer Jamie Keenan.

A vivid inner record of universal interest, Dissard's 'often improbably funny memoir' (Andrew Smith), 'not just painfully but viscerally, brutally honest' (producer John Parish), will speak to anyone who has ever struggled to maintain physical and psychological well-being. 

For years, Dissard orchestrated her public life as a performer around her private disordered world. In 2013, at the end of her rope, she flees her hometown of Tucson, Arizona to seek solace back in Europe, a continent she’d left at age sixteen. In Paris, Dissard latches on to an intensive yoga teacher training to turn her life around.

 ‘Of course, I was scared when I realized I would be speaking my truth after decades of keeping it freakishly hidden or, at best, cryptically whispered in my song lyrics—in French for more opacity', says Dissard.

‘Not Me’ is the account of a year spent away from the stage in an attempt to reboot a life plagued by eating disorders. Invited to teach, Dissard grabs the chance to learn. Focusing on her students, opening up to friendship, she gradually finds her way back to health and connections… and a wooden boat in England.

 ‘I kept a journal of what I desperately needed to be a momentous year. These entries would form the basis of a book about my life, all these years I wasted in exile from myself. I don't prettify my truth. You have to face the music at some point.'


Topics and Themes

Dissard addresses important topics in 'Not Me'. No one much likes to read about bulimia—Dissard herself recoils at even the sound of the word ('That 'b' followed by a pucker-face 'u', like a mouth opening and spewing ugliness'). We are better acquainted with anorexia, the more 'aesthetic' or normalized eating disorder (ED), but in the UK 40% of the approximately 1.25 million people with an ED suffer from bulimia. And the numbers of those over forty, men and women alike, who suffer from EDs is also rising. 

But 'Not Me' is not just a recovery memoir about Dissard's struggle with ED. Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience mental ill-health each year but the numbers are worse in the arts. A 2014 survey published by Help Musicians, the leading independent UK music charity, found that 60% of musicians had struggled with their mental health, compared to 25% in the UK as a whole.

'I got worse the more I was on stage, exposed but performing a role. And the more I toured, the less I had any sense of "home". Call them addictions, mental ill-health or self-directed delinquencies, these conditions all share a bedrock of isolation, guilt and shame. Frightfully alone in sickness as in recovery, I did it my way—a modern curse’, says Dissard, 'but many are not as lucky'.

'Not Me', despite lifting the veil on some rarely-exposed aspects of eating disorders, is also the story of a dedicated yogini learning to give of herself as a teacher. 'Yoga had long been my raft on tour as in "real" life,' Dissard notes, 'but yoga in itself is not what "saved" me'. At the end of the book, Dissard fatefully ends up in Ramsgate where she finds not just a more stable home—ironically, on a wooden sailboat—but a community and the meaningful connections to vanquish isolation and sustain a permanent recovery.


What next?

Dissard's third Tucson album, 'The Cat. Not Me' (2013), was a sombre affair, its nightmarish arrangements supporting a mood of petulant self-destruction. Equally so 'Not Me'—her albums always come with a flipside project: films ('Lonesome Cowgirls' adapted from Warhol); recordings (the 'City Series' albums); now this book. And.... the book gets flipped back to the stage with a theatrical adaptation performed at Tom Thumb Theatre in Margate in the fall 2018.

'Of course, they're one and the same. My music, writing, performances and visual works are guided by the same principles. If you understand one, you understand the other. In English or in French.'

'Leave to remain in the UK'..., her pre-settled 'UK green card' status granted, Dissard is at work from Ramsgate on a second book and her fourth album.