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10th Anniversary of “One Door Closes: Overcoming Adversity By Following Your Dreams”

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10th Anniversary of “One Door Closes: Overcoming Adversity By Following Your Dreams”

April 29, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join us for the 10th Anniversary of One Door Closes: Overcoming Adversity By Following Your Dreams by Tom Ingrassia & Jared Churdimsky.

Tom Ingrassia will be in the store to talk about the inspiring stories of 16 people from all walks of life featured in this book (many of whom live in Central MA) who have overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles in order to live into their dreams. Also sharing their stories are Scherrie Payne (Formerly of The Supremes), June Monteiro of The Toys, and the late Mary Wilson of The Supremes, who wrote the Epilogue for the book. Through their powerful, first-person stories, these dreamers share a road map guiding the reader to discover how to live their life with vision, courage, determination and passion. One Door Closes was named the Best Self Help Book by The New England Book Festival, and was a Finalist in the National Indie Excellence Awards. One reviewer wrote, “…a compilation to assure that you deserve to live your dreams, and a nurturing step-by-step guidebook to show you how to get there….”

First published in 2013, One Door Closes is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. It is currently being adapted as a documentary film, One Door Closes: Korey’s Courage, which will have its premiere in Worcester in September.


Tom Ingrassia is a motivational speaker, award winning author, success coach and award winning radio personality. In 2001—following a successful 25-year career in higher education—Tom re-invented himself as an entertainment manager, with the formation of Tom Ingrassia Productions ( ). Along the way, he has worked with some of the legendary singers from the 1960s, including Mary Wilson (The Supremes)—for whom he served as executive assistant from 2001-05; Arlene Smith (The Chantels); June Monteiro (The Toys); Barbara Alston (The Crystals); Carl Gardner (The Coasters);  The Velvelettes; and actress Dee Wallace Stone. In 2006, Tom formed The MotivAct Group ( ), offering holistic personal and professional development workshops, seminars and individual coaching for success. An in-demand speaker, Tom travels the country with his motivational programs, “Mental Massage®” and “Making A Difference Begins with YOU…So Live Into Your Dreams!,” and pop culture lectures, “Motown and the Civil Rights Movement” and “Girl Power: The Supremes as Cultural Icons.”


Tom’s award-winning book, One Door Closes: Overcoming Adversity By Following Your Dreams (Wyatt-Mackenzie Publishing) was published in October 2013, and is currently being adapted as a documentary film, due out in 2023. The New England Book Festival named One Door Closes as the Best Self-Help Book of 2016. His second book—Reflections Of A Love Supreme: Motown Through The Eyes Of Fans was named the Best Music Book by the National Indie Excellence Awards and the Pinnacle Book Awards. Every Wednesday morning, you can hear “Motown Tom” on WCUW 91.3FM in Worcester, where he hosts “The Motown Jukebox,” spinning the very best of the Motown Sound and the stories behind the music. Tom was named Best Radio Personality in the 2014 and 2015 Landmark Readers’ Choice Awards. Originally from Middletown, NY Tom now resides in Massachusetts.


April 29, 2023
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Deb Horan
(508) 949-6232
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Booklovers’ Gourmet
72 East Main St
Webster, MA 01570 United States
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(508) 949-6232
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