*Join us at Dynasty Typewriter for an in-person livestream with Danny Trejo and Donal Logue, authors of Danny's new memoir TREJO, in conversation with Yesika Salgado! This event will have a limited number of seats for in-person attendance, but you can also attend the virtual livestream!
The first 500 ticketholders will receive a signed hardcover copy of TREJO. Spanish-language paperback editions are also available for purchase.
TREJO: My Life of Crime, Redemption, and Hollywood (Atria Books)
For the first time, the full, fascinating, and inspirational true story of Danny Trejo’s journey from crime, prison, addiction, and loss to unexpected fame as Hollywood’s favorite bad guy with a heart of gold.
On screen, Danny Trejo the actor is a baddie who has been killed at least a hundred times. He’s been shot, stabbed, hanged, chopped up, squished by an elevator, and once, was even melted into a bloody goo. Off screen, he’s a hero beloved by recovery communities and obsessed fans alike. But the real Danny Trejo is much more complicated than the legend.
Raised in an abusive home, Danny struggled with heroin addiction and stints in some of the country’s most notorious state prisons, including San Quentin and Folsom, from an early age, before starring in such modern classics as Heat, From Dusk till Dawn, and Machete. Now, in this funny, painful, and suspenseful memoir, Danny takes us through the incredible ups and downs of his life, including meeting one of the world’s most notorious serial killers in prison and working with legends like Charles Bronson and Robert De Niro.
In honest, unflinching detail, Danny recounts how he managed the horrors of prison, rebuilt himself after finding sobriety and spirituality in solitary confinement, and draws inspiration from the adrenaline-fueled robbing heists of his past for the film roles that made him a household name. He also shares the painful contradictions in his personal life. Although he speaks everywhere from prison yards to NPR about his past to inspire countless others on their own road to recovery and redemption, he struggles to help his children with their personal battles with addiction, and to build relationships that last.
Redemptive and painful, poignant and real, Trejo is a portrait of a magnificent life and an unforgettable and exceptional journey through tragedy, pain, and, finally, success that will transfix and inspire.
Danny Trejo is one of Hollywood’s most recognizable, prolific, and beloved character actors. Famed for his roles in series like AMC’s Breaking Bad, FX’s Sons of Anarchy, and director Robert Rodriguez’s global, billion-dollar Spy Kids and Machete film franchises, Danny is also a successful restauranteur. He owns seven locations of Trejo’s Tacos, Trejo’s Cantina, and Trejo’s Coffee & Donuts in the L.A. area, and is expanding his Trejo’s Tacos franchise nationwide. Visit dannytrejo.com.
Donal Logue was born in Canada to Irish parents and raised on the Mexican border in Nogales, Arizona, Calexico and El Centro, California. While studying History at Harvard University with the aim of going into Foreign Diplomacy, theater intervened and he has been happily sidetracked in the world of Film, Television, and Literature ever since. A veteran of over seventy Hollywood Films and hundreds of episodes of television (Sons of Anarchy, Reindeer Games, Gotham) Logue won the Grand Jury Prize for outstanding acting at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival for “The Tao of Steve.” He stays busy between creative projects with his trucking company, Aisling Trucking, and hardwood company, Frison-Logue Hardwoods, in Southern Oregon.
Yesika Salgado is a Los Angeles based Salvadoran poet who writes about her family, her culture, her city, and her fat brown body. Salgado is a two time National Poetry Slam finalist and the recipient of the 2020 International Latino Book Award in Poetry. Her work has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Teen Vogue, Univision, CNN, NPR, TEDx, and many other platforms. She is an internationally recognized body-positive activist and the writer of the column Suelta for Remezcla. Yesika is the author of the best-sellers Corazón, Tesoro, and Hermosa, published with Not a Cult.