American Gypsy - Book Release Event

Join the celebration as long-time Las Vegas Writers Group member Oksana Marafioti releases her long-awaited memoir, American Gypsy!

Growing up Gypsy and Becoming American: An Afternoon with Music, Dance, Artwork and Words

Enjoy an afternoon of Gypsy culture in celebration of the release of American Gypsy: A Memoir by Oksana Marafioti. In this affecting, hilarious debut, Marafioti’s delves into her own family history (a long line of Russian-Gypsy performers) shedding light on the fascinating and often secretive world of the Roma people. Rounding out the afternoon will be music by Valeria Sokolova, Albina Asryan and Hot Club of Las Vegas, dancers Zarin Standridge, Coral Citron and Amira, and artist Elena Pisnaya Wherry.


A book signing and reception will follow the program. Books will be available for sale at the door. Presented in conjunction with FSG Originals an imprint of Farrar Straus & Giroux.


Oksana's Website


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  • Richard W.

    What an outstanding production! Kudos to Oksana.

    July 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    THE BEST book launch I've ever been to. Hands-down. No surprise that it has been suggested to take it on the road. Congrats on selling out of books!

    July 17, 2012

  • Marilyn B.

    Thanks for a refreshing afternoon, and stirring music and dancing. I got a copy of your book. Enjoy your tour. Yvonne

    July 15, 2012

  • John H.

    I thought it would be (us boring) writers whispering in a library - and I walked into a Broadway show! You could open for Wayne Fig Newton! Very fun and Oksana looking particularly beautiful in her orange dress and was very confident! Best wishes to her and her book sales!

    July 15, 2012

  • Susie J.

    What an awesome afternoon!It was worth the drive across town.

    July 15, 2012

  • Judy Shine L.

    Amazing! I was immersed in Gypsy culture, history and music. What a trill! Thanks, Oxsana for being willing to embrace us and to allow us to embrace you, too!
    Judy Logan

    July 15, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Oksana, was wonderful, her presentation set a new high.

    July 15, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    A very entertaining, informative and successful book launch, very unusual and very enjoyable.

    July 15, 2012

  • Carolyn M.

    Great time. Oksana did a really super job in her presentation, weaving the history of gypsies with her own story. got her book and am looking forward to reading it.

    July 15, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Congratulations, Oksana!!

    July 13, 2012

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