About The Book
DC Stanfa’s ultimate goal in life is to outlive her acne, survive the dateless experience of high school, and get the hell out of Toledo. She has succeeded at all three. Follow this humorous journey of a rebellious Catholic schoolgirl in the 1970s, and her escape from the repressed notions of the Church and other adolescent constraints-such as living in the body of Peter Pan and in the shadow of a popular sister.
While looking for fun and love, she also finds trouble in Dallas in the 1980s, gets her fifteen minutes of fame by posing as VP of Talent for GQ magazine on a beach trip, and ends up on a notorious talk show.
To DC, falling down means always looking up and laughing in the face of whatever threw you to the ground-often looking in the mirror-and to get back up on that table and dance! She learns that life’s little betrayals are necessary to really growing up-as is going home again. And in the end, humor, hope, and a sense of belonging prevail.
After a couple of decades selling empty boxes for a living, DC Stanfa embarked on a second treekilling profession (and finally put that journalism degree to some use) as a writer. Drawing humor from her own experiences—surviving high school, the Catholic church, datelessness, and the Jerry Springer Show—she crafted a how-not-to memoir for the benefit of other women. In The Art Of Table Dancing: Escapades Of An Irreverent Woman, she acknowledges “all the men who didn’t call,” because if they had, she wouldn’t have had time to write the book.
Born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, DC insists she grew up after college in Dallas during the 1980s, an experience she refers to fondly as “the destructive and reconstructive years.” Her maverick spirit is revealed early on in the book, when she, “as a mere seventh-grader,” goes toe-to-toe with the church and continues through a chronicle of crazy-but-true stories revealing how imagination and perseverance may carry one through. From Toledo to sex in the Big City, DC manages both an epic escape and a remarkable transformation. Armed with sarcasm and a pen, she proves truth is funnier than fiction.
The Art Of Table Dancing was recognized as one of the top ten memoirs at the New York Book Festival in June 2007.
DC has made various television appearances and was featured in an interview for In The Tank, a documentary program on PBS. She has appeared in several publications, including The Cincinnati Enquirer, Ohio Magazine, and several times in award-winning humor writer Susan Reinhardt’s nationally syndicated column.
DC has also been interviewed on various radio programs, including being a regularly featured guest on Q102’s radio show Amy’s Table: A Girl’s Guide to Living, where she has spoken about a wide range of book topics.
Taking her book tour all over the Buckeye State and Kentucky in the summer of 2006, DC hit the road with her beach party book signings later that year—which took her from the Caribbean, to the Atlantic Coast, and finally back to a popular Ohio Island where she culminated the party at Put-In- Bay in July 2007.
After trademarking the phrase Will Dance For Margaritas and developing gift items, including Beach Party In A Bag, DC began selling more than empty boxes and boxes filled with books. She is developing more fun beach-related merchandise, which you can find on her website www.dcstanfa.com
DC has mentored to women in both business and the arts. Most recently she has worked with the Boys & Girls Clubs where she facilitates a creative self-expression program she created, aimed at building good character and self-esteem.
She currently lives in Cincinnati with her daughter, Cori, and two cats, the requisite writerly minimum. She is engaged to her pool boy/retired police chief/bodyguard. Will Dance For Margaritas