My Life is an Open Book Speaker Series begins in August
This new author series will feature speakers who have lived fascinating and interesting lives. The series begins in August and ends in November.
Chuck Barris will discuss his latest book, Della on Thursday, August 19 at 6:00 p.m. at the Main Library. Della is an affecting memoir of a life cut short. Della Barris, the only child of television icon Chuck Barris, died of an accidental drug overdose in 1998. She was thirty-six years old, addicted to cocaine and alcohol, and she was HIV-positive. Chuck candidly recounts his life with her in an attempt to understand his failings, to share his doubts, unanswered questions, tremendous heartache, and especially his tender memories of fatherhood. Chuck Barris is a former television show creator and producer, whose credits include The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game, The Gong Show, and Treasure Hunt. He is the author of several books, including Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (adapted into a major motion picture) and the New York Times best-selling novel You and Me, Babe.
Joe Bonsall is most commonly known as a thirty-year member of the American music group The Oak Ridge Boys. He is the energetic one on the end, singing high harmonies and lead vocals. Joe is also a successful author. His critically acclaimed Molly The Cat book series, an Oak Ridge Boys biography, An American Journey, and his moving tribute to his parents, GI Joe & Lillie, have established him as a talented and appreciated author. His most recent book is titled From My Perspective. He speaks on Thursday, September 16 at 6:00 p.m.
John Carter Cash has been in music in some form or fashion all his life. He is a singer-song writer and record producer. He is the Grandchild of Maybelle Carter and the only son to John R Cash and June Carter Cash.
John Carter’s greatest passion is working as a music producer. Having worked with his mother June Carter Cash on her CD, Press On, which won a Grammy in 1999, he went on to work under Rick Rubin as Associate Producer on his father Johnny Cash’s Grammy winning records American III: Solitary Man and American IV: The Man Comes Around, the latter receiving three CMA awards. He also produced his mother’s record Wildwood Flower, which won a Grammy for Best Traditional Folk album in 2003. His 2004 production Unbroken Circle: The Musical Heritage of the Carter Family, received three Grammy nominations. He wrote his mother’s biography titled Anchored in Love. He also wrote his first children's book, entitled Momma Loves Her Little Son.
John Carter Cash owns and operates the Cash Cabin Studio near Nashville, Tennessee.
He will speak on Thursday, October 21 at 6:00 p.m. at the Activity Room of the Christ Episcopal Church.
John Thorndike’s father, Joe Thorndike, was managing editor of Life at the height of its popularity immediately following World War II. He was the founder of American Heritage and Horizon magazines, the author of three books, and the editor of a dozen more. But at age 92, in the space of six months he stopped reading or writing or carrying on detailed conversations. He could no longer tell time or make a phone call. He was convinced that the governor of Massachusetts had come to visit and was in the refrigerator. Five million Americans suffer from Alzheimer's, and like many of them, Joe Thorndike's one great desire was to remain in his own house. To honor his wish, John left his own home and moved into his father's upstairs bedroom on Cape Cod. For a year, in a house filled with file cabinets, photos, and letters, John explored his father's mind, his parents' divorce, and his mother's secrets. The Last of His Mind is the bittersweet account of a son's final year with his father, and a candid portrait of an implacable disease.
John Thorndike is the author of two novels, Anna Delaney's Child and The Potato Baron, and a previous memoir, Another Way Home. John will speak at the First Christian Church on Thursday, November 4 at 6:00 pm.
Tori Murden McClure is the president of Spalding University. Her firsts include being the first woman to row solo across the Atlantic and to ski overland to the South Pole. She has an AB from Smith College, where she currently serves on the board of trustees, a Master's in Divinity from Harvard University, a JD from the University of Louisville School of Law, and an MFA in Writing from Spalding University.
She has worked as a chaplain at Boston City Hospital and for Muhammad Ali at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Kentucky. Her latest book is A Pearl in the Storm: How I Found My Heart in the Middle of the Ocean. Tori will speak at the Main Library on Thursday, November 18 at 6:00 p.m.
For more information, call 270-781-4882. Free tickets are available at the Main Library and Bob Kirby Branch.