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Laurie Gwen Shapiro


Laurie Gwen Shapiro

Writer and
filmmaker Laurie Gwen Shapiro's childhood in Manhattan's Lower East
Side colors everything she creates.

Despite its cheeky title, her first (and largely autobiographical)
novel, written in her twenties, THE UNEXPECTED SALAMI (1998,
Algonquin), was critically acclaimed, and was an American Library
Association notable book. The book is currently in development as a
major motion picture, to be directed by Alan White (Risk,
Erskineville Kings

THE MATZO BALL HEIRESS (2004) is Shapiro's first novel for Red
Dress Ink.

Shapiro codirected and coproduced the 2001 theatrical documentary
about octogenarian New Yorker Tobias Schneebaum, Keep the River
on Your Right: A Modern Cannibal Tale,
with her brother David
Shapiro. Together they were the recipients of over 10 major awards,
including the Independent Spirit Award for best new documentary

With New York City sergeant Conor McCourt, she also coproduced two
HBO/Cinemax documentaries about her former Stuyvesant High School
English teacher Frank McCourt and his three brothers —
The McCourts of Limerick (1999) and The McCourts of New

Her first play, Inventing Color, premiered at the 2002 New
York International Fringe Festival. It was awarded one of three
"Best in Festival" citations by Stagepress.

She was recently a phone-a-friend on Who Wants to Be a
and much to her relief, anted up the right answer
for her best high-school pal.

A notorious klutz and recovering eBay-aholic, Shapiro's back again
living in the Lower East Side with her Aussie post-college vacation
fling, now her husband and father to her toddler

Laurie Gwen Shapiro

Books by Laurie Gwen Shapiro