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He has performed with Bob Dylan, traveled with Led Zeppelin on their private plane, and partied with John Belushi, Robin Williams, Don Imus, Lowell George, Levon Helm, Eric Clapton, Iggy Pop, Mike Bloomfield, and Dennis Hopper. When his cocaine habit nearly killed him, he returned to Texas and wrote 30 books, including 18 detective novels, as well as memoirs with Willie Nelson and Billy Bob Thornton. More than 547,000 Texans voted for him when he ran for governor in 2006, and friends Willie Nelson, Jimmy Buffet, and Lyle Lovett helped with fundraisers.
Kinky Friedman is a true Renaissance man, and in EVERYTHING’S BIGGER IN TEXAS: The Life and Times of Kinky Friedman (Backbeat Books Hardcover, November 15, 2017, $29.99), biographer Mary Lou Sullivan provides an intimate look at Richard “Kinky” Friedman culled from hours of candid, in-depth interviews with the Kinkster, his friends, and his associates.
Kinky and his loyal biographer are on tour this week offering combo performances of Kinky’s music, wit and wisdom and book signings for Mary Lou’s new biography:
Wednesday, November 15 – AUSTIN – The Townsend
Thursday, November 16 – HOUSTON – McGonigel’s Mucky Duck
Friday, November 17 – DALLAS – Poor David’s Pub
Saturday, November 18 – LOS ANGELES – McCabe’s Guitar Shop
If you can’t make it to any of these shows, you can read all about Kinky in this month’s FOREWORD REVIEWS – that’s him on the cover of the November/December holiday issue! You can also catch him on ABC RADIO/Don Imus , DALLAS MORNING NEWS/Guide Live , THE ADAM CAROLLA PODCAST, THE HOUSTON CHRONICLE, AUSTIN CHRONICLE, ARGONAUT MAGAZINE, Fox News RADIO, and ROLLING STONE!
How I loved this splendid biography! Melinda Ponder brings Katharine Lee Bates to life as never before. And what a fascinating, remarkable woman she was – so much more important in the history and literature of our country than I had realized.”
–Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize historian
Katharine Lee Bates’s “America the Beautiful” resonates for many people as the most patriotic and beloved American anthem. Her words remind us of why we love our country: the beauty of our land, the historic sacrifices of our people, and our ideals of hope and brotherhood. That has never been more important than today.
Drawing on extensive research in Bates family diaries, letters, and memoirs, biographer Melinda M. Ponder brings Katharine vividly to life in her new biography that launches today, KATHARINE LEE BATES: From Sea to Shining Sea (Windy City Publishers Hardcover; August 12, 2017; $39.95).
Early reviews are extremely positive:
Finally, a full portrait of the wise and witty woman who wrote the words that best express our love for America. Melinda Ponder’s rich narrative is a timely reminder that intellect, integrity and a rigorous respect for truth are the real pillars of patriotism.” –Lynn Sherr, former ABC News correspondent and author of America the Beautiful: The Stirring True Story Behind America’s Favorite Song
“We all know ‘America the Beautiful,’ but only now do we learn the fascinating story of the woman who wrote it–along with so much more. This book is a stirring tribute to a brilliant and deeply patriotic American whose message we need to hear today.” —Stephen Kinzer, historian and author of The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of American Empire
“…[A] carefully researched and thoroughly entrancing life tale of a brilliant and accomplished woman whose many achievements have too long been eclipsed by the enduring success of America the Beautiful. … Ponder wisely sets this triumph in the context of a full and richly lived life.” –Megan Marshall, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Margaret Fuller: A New American Life and Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast
“Melinda Ponder’s … beautifully written biography presents Katharine Lee Bates as, in her time, a ‘New Woman.’ Readers will find that this life story of a beloved poet, patriot, and social reformer has much to say about our own time.” –The Falmouth Enterprise
“Katharine Lee Bates: From Sea to Shining Sea unfolds at long last the impressive life story and strikingly variegated career of the author of America’s unofficial national anthem. A limit-bumping thinker ahead of her time, sometimes even at odds with it, Katharine Lee Bates also had a remarkable gift for reaching the broader American public.” — Lawrence Buell, Harvard University, author of New England Literary Culture and The Dream of the Great American Novel
It’s official! John Breglio’s I WANNA BE A PRODUCER is now out in bookstores, and John is appearing on national TV, radio and print to help spread the word:
- This week, Bloomberg TV and Bloomberg Radio interviewed John about what it takes to be a Broadway producer.
- The New York Times spoke to him about the upcoming Tony Awards.
- Michael Riedel raves about his book in the New York Post.
- Backstage Magazine talks to John about important lessons for the Broadway producer.
- Center on the Aisle recommends I WANNA BE A PRODUCER to their legions of readers.
- And Book Pleasures interviews John and discusses how he became interested in entertainment law.
This is only the beginning! Stay tuned for further media and event updates as they unfold.
Today, Three Rooms Press is releasing the updated classic prison memoir, BAD: The Autobiography of James Carr. Originally published in 1972, this book captures the pivotal point in American history when prisons decided rehabilitation wasn’t possible, and prisons became terribly punitive. Forty years later, we’re still trying to reverse the damage caused by the 1970’s criminal justice system.
In honor of James Carr’s autobiography, here’s a list of Ten Books Spanning Five Decades That Demonstrate the Ongoing Need for Prison Reform:
- BAD: The Autobiography of James Carr by James Carr
- THE NEW JIM CROW: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
- COULDN’T KEEP IT TO MYSELF: Wally Lamb and the Women of York Correctional Institution by Wally Lamb
- IN THE BELLY OF THE BEAST: Letters From Prison by Jack Henry Abbott
- SOLEDAD BROTHER: The Prison Letters of George Jackson by George Jackson
- INSIDE: Life Behind Bars in America by Michael Santos
- ALL GOD’S CHILDREN: The Bosket Family and the American Tradition of Violence by Fox Butterfield
- NEWJACK: Guarding Sing Sing by Ted Conover
- INSIDE THIS PLACE, NOT OF IT: Narratives From Women’s Prisons by Ayelet Waldman and Robin Levi
- ON THE YARD by Malcolm Braley