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Posts Tagged ‘David Halberstam’

Halberstam Selected As Next Out of the Book Author

Powell’s has made their choice for the next “Out of the Book” film after debuting the concept with Ian McEwan‘s ON CHESIL BEACH. This time, they will debut a film based on David Halberstam‘s THE COLDEST WINTER: AMERICA AND THE KOREAN WAR, published by Hyperion on September 25. The 28-minute film will be produced by series creator Dave Weich of Powell’s Books. The director is once again Doug Biro of Hudson River Films.

Shelf Awareness further reports that the movie will premier on November 11, when McNally-Robinson shows it at Two Boots Pioneer Theater. Between November 12 and December 15, the film will be shown across the country at events hosted by 75 independent booksellers that, as with the Ian McEwan film (shown by 54 booksellers), will include panel discussions, live music, special guests – the latter part especially important in light of Halberstam’s recent passing. The film will rely on some of Halberstam’s friends and feature commentary from Joan Didion, Seymour Hersh, Robert Caro and Bob Woodward.

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Friends Will Tour for Halberstam’s Final Opus

And speaking of Hillel Italie, he also reports on what friends of the late journalist and historian David Halberstam are planning for THE COLDEST WINTER, Halberstam’s final published work that will be released by Hyperion this October. Joan Didion, Seymour Hersh, Doris Kearns Goodwin and others will read coast to coast to spread the word about Halberstam’s account of the Korean War.

“He thought that it was the best work he had done since The Best and the Brightest,” says Halberstam’s widow, Jean Halberstam, referring to her husband’s book on Vietnam. “He had been thinking about doing this book since he was in Vietnam. It was always in the back of his mind.” Highlights of the promotional tour will include Didion reading in New York City; former basketball great Bill Walton in La Jolla, Calif.; Hersh in Washington, D.C.; Anna Quindlen in Milwaukee, and Goodwin and fellow author Samantha Power in Cambridge, Mass.

Atlantic and Plum Form Summer Reading Partnership

The monthly magazine Atlantic has announced a partnership with Plum, the media network of America’s most influential destination communities, that celebrates books, ideas, and the spirit of community. The first installment, called BOOKMARK 2007, launched on Nantucket on July 14 and run through the end of August. 10 books, ranging from novels by Ian McEwan and Claire Messud to non-fiction books by David Halberstam and Christopher Hitchens, comprise the recommended reading list, and form the backbone of Bookmark2007 which also features video content, literary events and an interactive website.

“We’re thrilled to be joining up with Plum, which shares our delight in great books and our goal of inspiring conversation around ideas that matter,” said Atlantic editor James Bennet. Tom Scott, CEO and co-founder of Plum, added: “When we set out to celebrate people and place, and spirit and intellect in some of the most beautiful places in America, we could not have asked for a better partner.”

Pulitzer Prize Winner Halberstam Dies in Car Accident

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author David Halberstam was killed yesterday morning in a car accident in Menlo Park, California, near San Francisco, the San Mateo County coroner’s office said Monday. He was 73. Halberstam was a passenger in a car driven by a student at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, where Halberstam had spoken Saturday about the craft of journalism. Three others were reportedly injured in the accident which took place near the Dunbarton Bridge and the NY Observer reports that the precise cause of death is still under investigation, though earlier reports named internal injuries.

Halberstam rose to fame with the 1972 publication of THE BEST AND THE BRIGHEST, an account of the origins of the Vietnam War. Though in recent years Halberstam had devoted much of his energies to writing about sports, his latest project, according to the AP, was a book about the Korean War. Further information reveals that this book was completed and Halberstam had just signed a contract for two more books.

The New York Times has a long obit of Halberstam (plus additional photos and audio footage) while the SF Chronicle’s obituary explains how Halberstam was on his way to a long-sought interview for a book he was preparing on a legendary 1958 football game. He was only 3 miles away when the car crash happened. Also, Frances Dinkelspiel attended Halberstam’s weekend keynote speech, and reports about it duly.