Join a great conversation at the Trail’s End Cafe!

July 26th, 7pm: Grab an iced drink and join me at the wonderful Trail’s End Cafe for a book chat about The Little Gate-Crasher.

Join us for a fun evening that will lift your spirits as we share the life lessons from Mace’s grand adventures: his unstoppable spirit that shows there’s value in every person and his courage to face whatever obstacles life sends your way.17991506_373745863023031_2436640873512878212_o


Mace’s story featured “Only A Game”

It was great fun talking to producer Karen Given about Mace’s amazing stories meeting the most famous athletes of his day! Karen really “got it” and shared about Mace’s incredible resilience and generosity. Plus–we get to hear Mace’s own voice in the story. Click here to check it out!

“The world was set up in a way that was just such a giant obstacle for him everywhere he went. And so, if he was able to use his small size as any sort of advantage, he would do it. He had no issue with that…”

The Little Gate-Crasher Selected for #JDAIM17 #JDAIMReads!

National Inclusion Advocate Shelly Christensen today announced the selections of Ketchup Is My Favorite Vegetable by Liane Kupferberg Carter and The Little Gate-Crasher by Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer, as the 2017 Jewish Disability Awareness & Inclusion Month (JDAIM) featured reading selections. Now in its eighth year, Jewish Disability Awareness & Inclusion Month (JDAIM) is a unified national initiative during the month of February to raise disability awareness and support efforts to foster inclusion in Jewish communities worldwide.

Each year, several books by Jewish authors highlighting disability issues are chosen for JDAIM Reads. Synagogues, JCCs, book groups and other organizations are encouraged to read and discuss these books during February. An event with the Carter and Kaplan-Mayer is scheduled for Philadelphia on February 26th and both authors are available to lead book talks in person or via Skype.


 Learn more about JDAIM and JDAIM Reads at


Join Us For A Really Fun Evening!

NO LIMITS: An evening celebrating abilities, expression & overcoming society’s prejudices

Thursday November 10th, 7pm, The White Pines Place.

Join White Pines for a reading and interactive discussion on White Pines Board Member Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer’s “The Little Gate Crasher: The Life and Photos of Mace Bugen” and a screening of the documentary short on White Pines new holiday musical, Fred Waring’s Christmas Shindig.

The Little Gate Crasher” is a memoir of Kaplan-Mayer’s amazing Great-Uncle Mace Bugen–an unstoppable spirit, first generation Jewish American, self-made millionaire, celebrity gate-crasher–who was 43 inches tall. Mace’s unstoppable spirit defied the challenges of his own physical limitations and society’s prejudices towards people with dwarfism.

Dr. Dan Gottlieb of NPR’s “Voices in the Family” captured the essence of the book in his review: “Many begin their journeys by saying, ‘Why me?’ But healing begins when they say, ‘Okay, what now?’ Part history and part biography, The Little Gate-Crasher is inspirational— and damn fun to read.”

Bright Invention actors will bring scenes from the book to life and in an interactive slideshow, Kaplan-Mayer will share Mace’s greatest celeb selfies, including him with Muhammed Ali, Joe DiMaggio, Ella Fitzgerald, Jane Russell, Richard Nixon and more.

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It’s been so great to hear from people all over the world who are re-connecting around #MaceMemories! I’ll share them here and at The Little Gate Crasher Fb Page.

Hi Gabrielle,

I just read your book.  Thanks for compiling it.  I grew up in Easton and my parents were friends with your grandparents.  They were Milton and Bea Bricker.  I was one of the kids who spent time with Mace.  Along with Sheldon and Steve Lerner, we played basketball at the JCC and Mace always kept score.  I’ve got lots of stories about Mace, the Grove, basketball, etc.  My parents were also very close friends with Phil and Hanna.  David was one of my friends.
Attached are 2 pictures that fit into the collection.  This was one of the trips to Philly with the JCC team and Mace around 1965-6. Mace did his typical thing to get the picture.  For Wilt, Mace took us under the basket and called out to Wilt.  He had told us that he knew Wilt from Kansas.  Of course, we didn’t believe him.  So while under the basket during warmups, Mace gave the camera to a guy near us and told him to get the picture.  Mace called out to Wilt and he actually came over to us.  He actually seemed to know Mace.  All 7’2” of Wilt kneeled down and this is the resulting picture.  Then Mace shlepped us to the locker room to find Oscar Robertson, the “Big O” of the Cincinnati Royals.  Mace knocked on the door and some guy opened it and looked down to see Mace and the team.  Mace gave him his typical bs and the guy let us in.  Mace then call out for “O”.  The picture is the result.
I’m sure you are not surprised by any of this.  There is plenty more.
So here are the pictures and feel free to contact me if you want any more info.