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Ode to Hunter S. Thompson

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Camden Public Library presents “Ode to Hunter S. Thompson”, a sight-and-sound documentary and essay homage to the great American author Hunter S. Thompson on Tuesday, June 19. At 7:00 pm a Hunter Thompson-based documentary will present Dr. Hunter Thompson’s many contributions to many decades of culture. For the second half of this literary event visiting author, Eva Morris will read excerpts from the essay ‘Ode to Hunter S. Thompson’, an interview he commissioned, and which would become his last interview before his death. This will be followed by a brief Q/A. Hunter Thompson wrote for the New York Herald Tribune, National Observer, The Reporter, The Nation, and Spyder magazine, the voice of the Free Speech movement at Berkeley. The Rum Diary was written first, but
Hells Angels was published in 1967, bringing him to the attention of The New York Times Book Review, and in 1969 Scanlon’s Monthly commissioned Thompson to write a short story, “The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved”, one of his most popular. In 1971 Rolling Stone magazine published Fear and Loathing in Las
Vegas in two issues; it was then published in book form by Simon & Schuster and has stayed a classic. Fear
and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72 was dubbed “the best account yet published of what it feels like to be
out there in the middle of the American political process” by the NYT Book Review, and was followed by The
Great Shark Hunt (1979), The Curse of Lono (1983), and Generation of Swine (1988), which was nominated for
the Pulitzer Prize. Songs of the Doomed (1990) and Better Than Sex followed in 1994. Hunter Thompson lived
at Owl Farm, a fortified compound outside Aspen, Colorado, where he once ran for office on the Freak Power
ticket in 1970. He continued to publish essays and was a sports-writer for ESPN.com Hunter Thompson died
February 20, 2005.
Eva Morris is the author of the RoadBabe series of road trip adventures, a genre Hunter Thompson would call
“Fiction/Non-fiction Reality.” After three self-published short story compilations, she was discovered by literary
legend Grove Press founder and Evergreen Review editor-in- chief Barney Rossett, who compiled a full
anthology of all Eva Morris’s short stories in RoadBabe!, published in 2000. Her short stories were also
featured in a Simon & Shuster 'Best Of' compilation, with a subsequent debut at New York University's Tishman
Auditorium in 2000. Eva Morris has long published Blonde Updates from the Open Road stories and
adventures which are mailed regularly to her subscribers, and recently finished a novel, Adventures of
RoadBabe, from which ‘Ode to Hunter S. Thompson’ is excerpted.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Camden Public Library
55 Main Street
Camden, ME 04843 United States