J. Michael Lennon

Archivist, Biographer, Educator

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Mike Marches in October

Norman Mailer Society to Hold Annual Conference at Monmouth University, Sept. 29-Oct. 1

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. – (Sept. 16, 2016) –  The Norman Mailer Society, in partnership with Monmouth University’s Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences, will hold its 14th annual conference on campus from Sept. 29 to Oct. 1.  Barbara Mailer Wasserman, Long Branch native and sister of the late Norman Mailer, will provide the keynote address, “Mailer Roots in Long Branch.” Also included in the conference will be a reading by Monmouth Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing Alex Gilvarry from his upcoming novel, Eastman Was Here and a performance of the one-woman play, A Ticket to the Circus, by Bonnie Culver, based on the memoir of Mailer’s wife, Norris Church Mailer, performed by K.C. Leiber.

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Goat Hill Workshop-Palooza!!

Saturday, April 23rd, from 10am to 3:30pm, at School One. $50 for one, or two tickets for $80.

Mike Discusses Superman

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Special Event with Danielle Mailer and Mike

Sunday, April 26, 2015 @ 2:00 pm

Hickory Stick Bookstore
2 Green Hill Road
Washington, Connecticut 06794
860-868-0525
(about 80 miles north of NYC)

Discussion between Danielle Mailer & J. Michael Lennon

Danielle Mailer and Michael Lennon will discuss the life and work of her father, Norman Mailer. Danielle, a distinguished visual artist who has enjoyed great success of late with public commissions for her sculptures, is the second eldest of his nine children. Please join us for a relaxed discussion, in which we will also talk about her artistic career and vision, and how it was influenced by both her parents—her mother Adele is also a visual artist.

J. Michael Lennon’s books Selected Letters of Norman Mailer (2014) and Norman Mailer: A Double Life (2013) will be available for purchase.

Mike Reads in Provincetown

Mike Lennon Remembers Norman Mailer

Mike Lennon remembers when he and Norman Mailer became acquainted. “I saw him on the Dick Cavett show, the famous show when he was on with Gore Vidal and Janet Flanner, and they got into an imbroglio over various issues,” Lennon said. “I wrote him a letter and told him that I thought Vidal had maligned him unfairly. Lo and behold, I got a wonderful long letter back from him.” Then a graduate student at the University of Illinois, Lennon says he was “quite shocked and moved” that the famous author would write him back.

Mike in P’Town

Author J. Michael Lennon will visit the Provincetown Public Library on Friday, August 15 at the invitation of the Board of Library Trustees, to present his New York Times Editor’s Choice book, Norman Mailer: A Double Life, at 5pm in the Marc Jacobs Reading Room. As the current president of the Norman Mailer Society, Lennon will also speak about the future of the organization. Susan Mailer, daughter of the late author, will introduce Mike Lennon at the event.

After meeting Mailer in 1972, Michael Lennon edited several high-profile works on the author, including Critical Essays on Norman Mailer (1986), Conversations with Norman Mailer (1988), The James Jones Reader (1991), and Norman Mailer’s Letters on An American Dream, 1963-69 (2004). Lennon will also provide insight into Mailer’s legacy in Provincetown as part of his presentation.

Attendees are asked to provide a minimum admission donation of $15 at the door. Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be provided by Cosmos Catering, a local Provincetown business. Copies of Norman Mailer: A Double Life, will be available for purchase at the Library beginning July 15, and will also be on sale at the event on the evening of August 15.

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Writer’s Series with Dawn Tripp

Sunday, April 27, 3:00 – 5:00 pm

Westport author, Dawn Tripp, and Partners Village Store present the Writer’s Series. The event will be a dynamic, open and interactive discussion with the author about the writing process, the work of creating a story, and publishing. Books will be available for signing at the conclusion of the talk.

Norman Mailer: A Double Life by J. Michael Lennon, Mailer archivist and authorized biographer.

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