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Brief Encounters: Conversations with Celebrities by [Brennan, Brian]
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Why did Sophia Loren go back to Italy to serve a jail term for tax evasion? Why does the song “Amazing Grace” still occupy a very special place in the repertoire of singer Judy Collins? Why did Michael Nesmith quit The Monkees to start making music videos? Why did Shari Lewis start conducting symphony orchestras after she had endeared herself to kids all over the world with a comedy ventriloquism routine involving a cute sock puppet named Lamb Chop? Why did Chubby Checker go through 20 pairs of platform boots a year to keep his audiences twisting the night away?

These are some of the questions Brian Brennan asks and answers in this collection of stories based on conversations he had with celebrities during his 15 years as a newspaper entertainment reporter. In many instances, Brennan reports on things they said that were not included in the original articles. The featured celebrities also include Tennessee Williams, Chuck Berry, Tammy Wynette, Bob Newhart and many others.

About the Author

Brian Brennan is an award-winning and best-selling author of 12 critically acclaimed narrative non-fiction books about the colourful personalities of Western Canada’s past. One of his titles, Romancing the Rockies, won him the inaugural Dave Greber Freelance Writers Award and a nomination for the Canadian Rockies Award. Another title, Scoundrels and Scallywags, topped the Canadian best-seller charts for more than 18 months and was short-listed for the prestigious Grant MacEwan Author’s Award. Brian’s latest title, Brief Encounters: Conversations with Celebrities, is a collection of stories based on interviews he did during his 15 years as an arts and entertainment reporter. These stories have been updated and expanded to take into account events that have occurred since the original interviews were published. His other books include his memoirs, Leaving Dublin: Writing My Way from Ireland to Canada; the first biography of renowned Canadian historian James H. Gray; and the first biography of the celebrated 19th century Irish folk poet Mary O’Leary, which was nominated for the Irish Times Literary Prize. A former staff writer with the Calgary Herald, Brian has written freelance articles and columns for magazines and newspapers across the United States and Canada, including the New York Times, Globe and Mail and Toronto Star. Born and educated in Dublin, Ireland, Brian immigrated to Canada in 1966 and settled in Calgary in 1974. Over the course of his varied career he has worked as a golf caddy, lounge waiter, customs officer, nightclub pianist, church organist, radio news announcer, and a featured storyteller on CBC Radio’s Daybreak Alberta – a popular program heard across the province. As a newspaper and magazine journalist, Brian has written on a variety of topics including politics, business, theatre, contemporary music, medicine, education, and travel. Brian has won national and regional awards in Canada for his journalism. They include two Western Magazine Awards (Gold Award Alberta, Science and Technology Award), for stories on regeneration of animal brain cells, and the national Hollobon Award for medical writing in Canada, which he won for a magazine feature story on open-heart surgery. His most recent awards include a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Petroleum HIstory Society of Canada and the Features Writing Award (runner-up) from the Professional Writers Association of Canada.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 12560 KB
  • Print Length: 335 pages
  • Publisher: Brian Brennan (Feb. 15 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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