SATURDAY,NOVEMBER 15th-4-6 pm @ Larry Edmunds Bookshop
Next Saturday we welcome Walter Newkirk, author & publicist to tell his tales , both personal & professional.
Walter will share stories about Little Edie Beale, An American Family & many many more.
There will be clips & conversation as well as 2 books, “The Secret Life of Walter Newkirk” & “memoraBEALEia”. There will be a CD, “Little Edie Live” all available for sale & ready to be signed.
Walter’s insight into a pair of the 70′s most known documentary subjects will be just the beginning to an afternoon of interesting conversation.
Hope to see you here at the LARE next weekend!
Here’s a little more on the books:
THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER NEWKIRK by Walter Newkirk
Backstage stories about Lena Horne/LENA HORNE: The Lady & Her Music, Sheryl Lee Ralph/ DREAMGIRLS, Grey Gardens The Musical and The Broadway Annies including Sarah Jessica Parker, Andrea McArdle, Shelley Bruce, Alyson Kirk and Alyson Smith are featured in the new book The Secret LIfe of Walter Newkirk.
In the new memoir THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER NEWKIRK, a veteran publicist confronts all aspects of his life including bouts with depression from 1978-2013, 4 hospitalizations between 2004-2013, the paralyzing and overwhelming fear of becoming homeless in 2011, his gay relationships from 1978-present day, in addition to his PR career in the fine and performing arts with backstage stories. Newkirk states: “The title of my book refers to the 1947 film THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY starring Danny Kaye. The book has backstage stories with actors and celebrities including Academy Award winner Olympia Dukakis, Louis Zorich. Eartha Kitt, Academy Award winners James Ivory & Ismael Merchant, Ron & Betty Galella, Quentin Crisp, Paul Cadmus, Arlene Dahl, Deborah Gregory (THE CHEETAH GIRLS). Connie Francis, Kim G of THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW JERSEY, Pat Loud, Edie Beale, Bob Paris, Celeste Holm, Richard Dupont, Richard Wesley, Nikki Haskell, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Sarah Jessica Parker, Andrea McArdle and Lena Horne. The book includes Newkirk’s interviews for The Rutgers Daily Targum ,his college newspaper, with Edie Beale Pat Loud of the landmark TV series “An American Family”( PBS 1973), Jon Voight (1978) and Divine (1974). “It’s funny, sad, and goes all over the place. Ithas a happy ending which is my life now without medications,” said Mr. Newkirk.
A graduate of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ , Walter Newkirk spent his wonder years in Mt. Laurel NJ and is now a resident of Chatham, NJ. He is the author of 2 books memoraBEALE A Private Scrapbook about Edie Beale of Grey Gardens and Letters of Little Edie Beale. www.greygardensbook.com His book memoraBEALEIa has endorsements from Bryan Batt, Michael Korie, Christine Ebersole, Scott Frankel, Doug Wright, Joey Arias and Sheryl Lee Ralph.
memoraBEALEia : A Private Scrapbook about Edie Beale of Grey Gardens, a new book by Walter Newkirk, celebrates and pays tribute to Edith “Little Edie” Bouvier Beale. Miss Beale was the first cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and is best known for her participation in the famous documentary Grey Gardens (1976). The book was specifically produced for fans of Edie Beale and the film Grey Gardens. On April 22, 1976 college journalist Walter Newkirk traveled to Grey Gardens, the Beale estate on Long Island, to interview Edie Beale about the movie documentary Grey Gardens, for his college newspaper, The Rutgers Daily Targum. In the 1970s, Edie Beale and her mother Edith Bouvier Beale — the respective cousin and aunt of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis — former society ladies — were living in a cat-infested, filthy, crumbling estate called Grey Gardens in East Hampton on Long Island. The film Grey Gardens about their reclusive lives together in that house inspired a Tony Award winning Broadway musical during the 2006-2007 season by Doug Wright, Michael Korie and Scott Frankel, also called Grey Gardens, which fictionalized the back story and decline of the women.
The interview for the Rutgers newspaper was conducted shortly after the release of the film. Newkirk and Beale kept in touch for several years, by phone and by mail. After the estate was sold and her mother died, Beale moved to New York for three years (1980-1983) and the author escorted her to luncheons, parties and special events. “Little Edie” later moved to Florida, and died in January 2002. memoraBEALEia contains never-before-seen photographs of Edie Beale and Grey Gardens, the Rutgers Targum interview along with a few other obscure newspaper clippings, reproductions of letters written by Little Edie (and cards created by her, along with art inspired by Grey Gardens. There are also essays about Edie and Grey Gardens by photojournalist/paparazzo Ron Galella, former literary agent Pat Loud (An American Family, PBS TV series, 1973) and the artist Maria Manhattan. The documentary Grey Gardens is now available on DVD.
Little Edie Live! A Visit To Grey Gardens, a 72 minute interview with Edie Beale which was the basis for the Rutgers University newspaper article in 1976, is now available !