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August 20, 2010 03:12pm
New John Holmes Book
Source: Independent Publishers Group
by: Company Press Release

(PORTLAND, OR) -- Local author Dawn Schiller will speak about her new book, the Road Through Wonderland: Surviving John Holmes (Medallion press, August 2010, $19.95), at three events.

With forewords by actor Val Kilmer and actress Kate Bosworth, the Road Through Wonderland is a surreal and mesmerizing memoir about Schiller’s underage relationship to gregarious adult film star John Holmes. Through a bizarre set of circumstances, Schiller (age 15) met Holmes (then 32) near his LA home. At first protective, Holmes acted as her guardian. But their disquieting relationship shifted to intimacy, and Schiller’s reality was turned upside down as Holmes became steeped in drugs.

A harrowing story of survival, Schiller paints a haunting and vivid portrait of Holmes, exposing Holmes’ true character apart from the man venerated by the film industry and in movies including ''Wonderland'' and ''Boogie Nights.'' With the innocence of her 15-year-old self, Schiller recalls how she was thrust into Holmes’ unpredictable world—one where he began abusing her and prostituting her for drug money, including to payback infamous drug lord Eddie Nash. Schiller also details the aftermath of Holmes involvement in the famed Wonderland Murders and how she eventually broke free of Holmes, turning him into the FBI, before reuniting with her family in Oregon.

Event Details:

When: Sunday, August 22 at 2 p.m.
Where: Borders (708 SW Third, Portland, OR 97204)
Contact: For further info about the event, please contact Rachael Kilbourn at Rachel.kilbourn@bordersstores.com.

When: Sunday, August 22 at 7 p.m.
Where: Laughing Horse Books (Off Burnside, 12 NE 10th street, Portland, OR 97232) Contact: For further info about the event, please email laughinghorse@riseup.net.

When: Monday, August 23 at 7 p.m.
Where: In Other Words Women’s Books & Resources (8 B NE Killingsworth St., Portland, OR 97211)
Contact: For further info about the event, please contact Katie Carter at katie@inotherwords.org.

Details: At each event, Schiller will be discussing the Road Through Wonderland, her harrowing experiences as the girlfriend of John Holmes and her work in preventing teen victimization. Her events will be followed by a Q&a and book signing, and are free and open to the public. Check out the book at www.theroadthroughwonderland.com.

Schiller is a current resident of LA Grande and is a national advocate for preventing teen victimization. For more information on Dawn, please visit: www.dawn-schiller.com. Also visit her non-profit organization at www.empowerteens.com.

Dawn’s book the Road Through Wonderland: Surviving John Holmes can be purchased at:


To book an interview with Dawn Schiller or for a review copy of the Road Through Wonderland, please contact: Jen Wisnowski, Publicity Manager, Independent Publishers Group, (312) 337-0747 ext. 227 or jen@ipgbook.com

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