Areva Martin’s book “The Everyday Advocate: Standing Up for
Your Child with Autism and Other Special Needs” soared to the top of Amazon.com bestseller lists upon release in 2010. Critics said that it was the most compelling and comprehensive book to date on the issues of the special needs community and the importance of advocacy. Areva will make an Author Night appearance at the South Pasadena Public Library on Thursday, February 7 at 7 p.m.
The free program presented by the Library, the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library, Institute for the Redesign of Learning, and the Kiwanis Club of South Pasadena will showcase the accomplished and multi-award winning attorney, author, and disability rights advocate.
Opening the program will be 16 year-old singing sensation Matthew
Myronowicz who attends Huntington Middle School in San Marino. Wendy Pylko,
Matthew’s singing coach, will be accompanying him on the piano. Matthew is also
a member of LA’s Colburn Choir, an ensemble hailing from downtown LA, who
recently toured London, Wales, Scotland. Matthew finished second in the LA
“America’s Got Talent” tryouts a couple of years ago and in 2010 he released
his first CD, “Feeling Good” which will be available for purchase. Matthew was
diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder when he was younger. His parents Mark and Martine Myronowicz had seen how he had become obsessed with Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Mikado.” It became clear that Matthew loved music and had a
wonderful singing voice. He also became interested in audio equipment and
collecting microphones and loudspeakers. Today, Matthew’s interests include
Apple computers and airline flight schedules. Matthew likes spreading the universal language of music. Matthew will be singing the Beatles classic “Yesterday” and, of course, “Feeling Good” by Michael Buble. Two years ago, Matthew received a standing ovation at the South Pasadena Library when he sang John Lennon’s “Imagine” to start the Monica Holloway Author Night.
The Library Community Room is located at 1115 El Centro Street. Admission is free and no tickets or reservations are necessary. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and refreshments will be served.