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"Leah Koss writes with vim and flair at the knife's edge of popular culture. Always a blast!"
Ned Vizzini, author of IT'S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY (soon to be a major motion picture from Focus Features), BE MORE CHILL, and TEEN ANGST? NAAAH... http://nedvizzini.com/

"As a reader, I am always thrilled to find a writer who has a unique way of looking at the world and a new way of telling me about it. Here she is. Leah Koss."
Helen Henslee, author of Pretty Redwing and the Stage Reading Version of E.L. Doctorow's The March

"Leah Koss is an intelligent, witty, and extremely funny writer. Her spot-on observations are insightful and original. Her stories are deliciously wacky and genuinely lovely."
Birna Anna Bjornsdottir, co- author with Oddy Sturludottir & Silja Haulsdottir of Dis, both book and screenplay.

If you can't view the video here is the gist: Hi my name is Leah Koss and I’m a writer…and an event planner…I’m hoping you'll be able to enjoy both of these “talents” by supporting my kickstarter project. A while back I wrote a dark , comedic novel in which the lead character is battling depression and then finds out she is dying of inoperable cancer. The story takes the young woman on a journey of self-discovery and misadventure as she comes to terms with her grim reality. I got great feedback from agents and editors at Random House and Harper Collins but they thought it may be a little too dark to publish as my first novel and told me to get back to them with my next manuscript. I was very eager to get them my next novel but had a few other things..like life…pop up in the meantime…I co-wrote a television script that had me meeting with HBO and did some travelling too. That's when I met Seymour and Sylvia, the main characters in my second novel. ..Lo Siento. They’re both wounded and wickedly funny and coincidentally end up in the same small village in England. Seymore facing his past and Sylvia running from hers. The book spans continents and decades and was inspired while I was living in the tiny village of Orford, England and in Buenos Aires. I have the outline for the novel and now need the time to devote to writing it. When I write I can spend 8 hours at a desk with paper and pen and love every minute of it…but it does require I have income during those months. So I am doing kickstarter and have already gotten tremendous support from the people who have made the rewards I can offer you such wonderful experiences. If you can’t come to NYC for the events, I hope you decide that Sweeping the Nation should be one of your beach reads….So that I can stay in all summer writing another. Because the beach is already so sunny…why not bring your own little raincloud out to play.

Thank you to gifted writers Ned Vizzini, Helen Henslee, and Birna Anna Bjornsdottir for their kind words.
Thank you to Neil Nathan, Markus Glocker, and the Wine Director of Craft Restaurant for offering their talents in support of my work. http://neilnathan.com/
Thank you Joe The Art of Coffee and Soutine for your gracious hospitality and goodies. http://www.joetheartofcoffee.com/ http://www.soutine.com/

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    Digital Age: You will receive Sweeping the Nation in PDF form.

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    Digital Age Deux: You will receive Sweeping the Nation in PDF form, and the live recording of Neil Nathan’s "Second Hand Sunrise" featuring Jamie Leonhart on harmonium and Raphael McGregor on lap steel. While traveling, I shared my inspiration for Lo Siento's main characters (Seymour and Sylvia) with him, and as a result, he wrote this song. Neil Nathan's cover of ELO’s "Do Ya" can be heard on Californication’s Season 2 Soundtrack.

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    Back to Basics: You will receive a printed and signed copy of Sweeping the Nation along with 2 printed photos (you select from several I took while traveling) and the live recording of Neil Nathan’s "Second Hand Sunrise."

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    Lattes, Literature & Chocolate Cake: You will receive entrance for 1 on June 4th to an Evening of Lattes, Literature and yummy desserts at Joe The Art of Coffee. I wrote a great deal of Sweeping the Nation while sitting at Joe and am very excited to have them host an event for me. Besides providing the space (one of their five locations around New York City), they will have a skilled barista on hand to whip up the espresso drinks that continually make so many "Best of Lists." The desserts for the event will be provided by the delicious UWS bakery, Soutine. On a rainy day, I will leave my apartment once (and often in pajamas) ...just to get one of Soutine's delicious, just out of the oven, chocolate croissants. You will also receive a printed and signed copy of Sweeping the Nation along with 2 printed photos (you select from several I took while traveling) and a Neil Nathan CD.

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    Early Evening Summer Rooftop Soirée: You will receive entrance for 1 on June 20 to an early evening gathering on a gorgeous UWS rooftop. You will enjoy a fabulous experience with Chef de cuisine Markus Glocker from Gordon Ramsay at the London and take part in a wine tasting led by the Wine Director of Craft Restaurant. A live performance by Neil Nathan will cap off this Summer extravaganza. You will leave with a signed copy of Sweeping the Nation, 2 printed photos from my travels, 2 Neil Nathan CD’s, and the follow up gift of a PDF of Lo Siento when it is finished!

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    Early Evening Summer Rooftop Soirée, Plus 1: The Same as the Early Evening Soirée but you can invite a friend to partake in the festivities with you.

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    Musical Memories: Neil Nathan will perform an acoustic set at your gathering (must be in the 5 boroughs or include airfare) and provide up to 20 guests with 2 CD's each. They will also receive a PDF of Sweeping The Nation. You will receive a signed copy of Sweeping the Nation, and a vinyl copy of Neil Nathan's debut album. You will also receive 8 printed photos from my travels and a follow up gift of the Lo Siento PDF when it is finished!

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