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Thursday, October 11 • 6:00pm - 7:15pm
Writing About The Life and Times of Hunter S. Thompson

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Four writers discuss Hunter S. Thompson, author of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas from different perspectives. Juan F. Thompson, the author of Stories I Tell Myself: Growing Up with Hunter S. Thompson and son of the legendary writer, details being raised by the father of gonzo journalism. In Freak Kingdom: Hunter S. Thompson’s Manic Ten-Year Crusade Against American Fascism, Tim Denevi examines another side of Thompson -- the anti-Nixon political activist. William McKeen wrote of his interviews with Thompson in Outlaw Journalist: The Life and Times of Hunter S. Thompson, which the Washington Post praises, “Gets it all in: the boozing and drugging…but also the intelligence, the loyalty, the inherent decency." And memoirist Margaret Harrell’s Keep This Quiet! My Relationship with Hunter S. Thompson, Milton Klonsky, and Jan Mensaert details her experiences as Thompson’s former assistant editor and friend.

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Tim Denevi

Timothy Denevi is an assistant professor in the MFA program at George Mason University. His latest book is Freak Kingdom: Hunter S. Thompson’s Manic Ten-Year Crusade Against American Fascism. His first book, Hyper: A Personal History of ADHD, was published in 2014.  His essays can be found online in The Atlantic, New York, Salon, Time, The Paris Review, and Literary Hub, where he serves as the nonfiction editor. He lives near Washington, DC, with his wife and childr... Read More →
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Margaret A. Harrell

Margaret A. Harrell is the author of the four-volume Keep This Quiet! memoir series (SaeculumUniversity Press 2011–2018). The first volume, My Relationship with Hunter S. Thompson,Milton Klonsky, and Jan Mensaert, covers her life in Greenwich Village New York City whileworking at... Read More →
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William McKeen

William McKeen is the author of nine books and the editor of four more. His books include Everybody Had an Ocean (2017), Too Old to Die Young (2015), Homegrown in Florida (2012), Mile Marker Zero (2011), Outlaw Journalist (2008), Highway 61 (2003), and Rock and Roll is Here to Stay... Read More →
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Juan F. Thompson

Juan F. Thompson is the author of Stories I Tell Myself: Growing Up with Hunter S. Thompson. He was born in 1964 outside of San Francisco, California, and grew up in Woody Creek, Colorado. He graduated from Tufts University and lives in Louisville. He is currently working on his next... Read More →