reckless.jpgMy friend, Milan-born local author Gloria Mattioni’s got nine lives and she wants to tell you all about them. No, not hers, others; specifically those found in her new book Reckless: The Outrageous Lives of Nine Kick-Ass Women, whose launch party is December 1 at the Borders Books at 1360 Westwood Blvd. in Westwood beginning at 7 p.m.

Gloria knows about what she writes. Having quit a successful career to go on a 20-year globetrot in search of inspiring women who defied convention and charted their own courses, in Reckless she profiles nine of those ladies she discovered who took on challenges to better themselves, pushed their limits and overcame their fears.

So why not defy convention this Thursday and come on out to Westwood to celebrate her achievement as she discusses and signs her new book. Word is there’ll authentic Italian cuisine to nosh on and she’ll be joined by four of her book’s subjects: Gevin Fax, who left a promising career in Ohio to ride a motorcycle across the country to California, Angelika Castaneda and Barbara Warren, the 61-year-old “Twin Traithletes,” famous for competing the Ironman Triathlon and more, and Lisa Distefano, a former Playboy model turned “Warrior of the Sea,” who has dedicated herself to the protection marine life.