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MEMOIRS: FIONA LEWIS MALACHY MCCOURT

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memoirs“Memoirs are a well-known form of fiction,” or so said Irish writer Frank Harris. He was kidding, of course, right?! This week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show Halli brings you two delightful guests the always charming Irish-American actor, writer, politician and the author of a hilarious, smart and sassy, insightful new memoir DEATH NEED NOT BE FATAL, Malachy McCourt. And also joining Halli at her table model, actress, writer Fiona Lewis the author of a fun, fascinating and candid new memoir MISTAKES WERE MADE (some in French).

Model, actress, writer and raconteur, Fiona Lewis has led the life of which dreams are made. Smart, savvy beautiful, her acting credits include Roman Polanski’s ‘The Vampire Killers’, Ken Russell’s ‘Lisztomania’, and Brian de Palma’s ‘The Fury’. She is the author of the novel BETWEEN MEN, her writing appearing in the New Yorker, The Observer and the Los Angeles Times. And, she may be, which she candidly admits, the only woman in America who has written for the New Yorker and posed for Playboy. One marriage didn’t work, one has, and her list of friends is a Who’s Who of international royalty. But then, just when life seemed to be singing along just famously, Fiona Lewis woke up one morning, asking herself that proverbial question songstress Peggy Lee once asked: “Is that all there is?” And then she met a French chateau, and answers to her own questions came, chronicled in her new memoir MISTAKES WERE MADE (some in French).

memoirsBefore his brother Frank wrote ANGELA’S ASHES, Malachy was the famous McCourt. Malachy was a bon vivant actor, talk show host, saloon owner —  he practically invented the singles bar; was a pioneer in talk radio, a soap opera star, a best-selling author and a gold smuggler and he was once a candidate for governor of the state of New York. Known as a professional Irishman, he was a regular on the Tonight Show. Now he is the last of  Angela’s children, the others long dead and gone. That, and given that he is Irish, make Frank’s younger brother a bit of an expert on death, death the subject of his latest book, DEATH NEED NOT BE FATAL. But not to worry, no grim reaper here, DEATH NEED NOT BE FINAL is a hilarious, eye-opening, heretical, smart and sassy look at all things death and dying as only an Irishman could write that will take you from laughter to tears, brotherhood, poverty, history, the famous — Bill Clinton, John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, Merv Griffin are just a few names that crop up in this oh, so honest new memoir.

Memoirs, Hollywood, film, Angela’s Ashes, romance, wisdom, death and dying, humor, politics, living life to the fullest, we have it all on The Halli Caser-Jayne Show at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

JIMMY BUFFETT BIO + LISA SEE, AUTHOR

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Jimmy Buffett. Margaritaville. Yep, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show is taking a trip to Margaritaville in search of the lost shaker of salt with author Ryan White out with a new compelling, and rollicking portrait of the legendary pirate captain of Margaritaville as told in the acclaimed music critic’s candid new biography JIMMY BUFFETT, A GOOD LIFE ALL THE WAY. And, we’re suggesting a great new book to read while you bask in the golden sunshine with author Lisa See, her new novel THE TEA GIRL OF HUMMINGBIRD LANE.

Jimmy BuffettJimmy Buffett, the iconic “Pop of Trop Rock,” the Pirate Captain of Margaritaville, the one person we would all like to share a cheeseburger in paradise. Writer, performer, Buffett has earned millions through record sales and top-grossing concert tours, but he is also the CEO behind – and get this – a $1.5 billion-per-year Margaritaville industrial complex, a vast network of merchandise, chain restaurants, resorts, lifestyle products, and now about to open Margaritville retirement homes. But before he became the flip-flop music legend and the CEO of Margaritville, Inc. there was the kid from Pascagoula, Mississippi. There have been a lot of changes in attitudes, changes in latitudes in James William Buffett’s life and Ryan White the author of SPRINGSTEEN: ALBUM BY ALBUM, who has twice been named one of the top feature writers in the country by the Society for Features Journalism explores them all JIMMY BUFFETT, A GOOD LIFE ALL THE WAY.

Jimmy BuffettAuthor Lisa See the four-time New York Times bestselling author whose titles include ON GOLD MOUNTAIN, SNOW FLOWER AND THE SECRET FAN, SHANGHAI GRILS AND DREAMS OF JOY never disappoints. Her latest novel, THE TEA GIRL OF HUMMINGBIRD LANE is testament, yet another powerful story where east meets west, a story of family, identity, and motherhood, a moving journey through a little-known world that takes the reader on a ride through the magic and mysteries of ancient Chinese culture and the equally mysterious bond of mother and child.

What could be better than cheeseburgers in paradise, nibbling on sponge cake, watching the sun bake and reading a NY Times bestselling novel? Join me, Lisa See and author Ryan White who brings us his new biography of Jimmy Buffet and Lisa See talks her new fiction THE TEA GIRL OF HUMMINGBIRD LANE on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

CRIME WRITERS SARA PERETSKY and JOHN HOOK

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Two crime writers join The Halli Casser-Jayne Show when New York Times bestselling author Sara Paretsky and author and Fox News anchor John Hook join Halli at her table to discuss their new books, Peretsky’s FALLOUT and Hook’s WHO KILLED BOB CRANE, the podcast posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

In her first novel for William Morrow, FALLOUT, everyone’s favorite crime novelist, Sara Paretsky is back with our favorite investigator V. I. Warshawski but in a completely new kind of mystery that will take Vic out of Chicago and into Kansas, searching for answers that time and prejudice may have long erased. The beloved mystery writer is the author of 19 previous novels and is one of only four living writers to receive both the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America and the Cartier Diamond Dagger from the Crime Writer’s Association. FALLOUT, just released is already on the New York Times Bestseller list.

CRIME WRITERSBob Crane, Hogan’s Heroes. Crane’s epithet might have read: Award-winning star of celebrated sitcom. But when the series ended, Crane’s career declined. The once beloved star took to the road, starring in plays nationwide. It was while he was on tour for the play Beginner’s Luck in June 1978, Crane was found bludgeoned to death in his Scottsdale apartment, a murder that today remains officially unsolved, Crane’s tawdry personal life, that of a sex addicted deviant who had learned the wonders of home video, and descended into a life of strip clubs, BDSM, and a closet homosexual exposed for his fans to see. A suspect, a trial, an acquittal, the mystery went on to spawn hundreds of articles, books, and movies over the past four decades. And there the story remained, yet another Hollywood cold case. Until, that is, John Hook a veteran news reporter and television anchor for over 30 years in Arizona, who has won more than a dozen Emmys for his reporting had his interest in the case rekindled, following an interview with Crane’s son Robert, Jr. It was that interview that sparked the idea to retest the blood evidence using modern DNA science. His journey to the heart of this mystery is chronicled in John Hook’s new book, WHO KILLED BOB CRANE, with a foreword by Robert Crane, Jr.

Crime, murder, mystery, fiction, Hogan’s Heroes with crime writers NY Times bestselling author of FALLOUT, Sara Paretsky and Fox News anchor and author of WHO KILLED BOB CRANE, John Hook all on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

POLITICAL JUNKIES AND FASHIONISTAS THIS ONE’S FOR YOU

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More than political junkies are mystified by the election of Donald Trump. Who are the people who voted for Donald Trump and why?  The Halli Casser-Jayne Show tackles that question with journalist Brian Alexander author of GLASS HOUSE and also visits with the dynamic first and only American woman ever to fill the coveted position of Editor-in-Chief of Paris Vogue, fashionista Joan Juliet Buck.

Political junkies fashionistaIn 1947, Forbes magazine declared Lancaster, Ohio the epitome of the all-American town. Today it is damaged, discouraged, and fighting for its future. In GLASS HOUSE, THE 1% ECONOMY AND THE SHATTERING OF THE ALL-AMERICAN TOWN, journalist Brian Alexander traveled back to the home of his youth, lived there, and put all that he had learned to show how seeds sown 35 years ago have sprouted to give us Trumpism, inequality, and an eroding national cohesion. Alexander takes us behind the scenes into the desperate lives of many of the town’s residents as they wrestle with heroin, politics, high-interest lenders, low wage jobs, technology, and the new demands of American life. When hope turned to desperation they turned to billionaire, Donald Trump for salvation, one of the master capitalists who were the very culprits who tore their world apart. What were they thinking? Do they already have regrets? Political junkies tune in for an eye-opening conversation.

political junkies fashionistaJoan Juliet Buck, the only child of larger-than-life film producer Jules Buck, was born into a world of make-believe. Her childhood was a whirlwind of famous faces: John Huston, Peter O’Toole, Lauren Bacall, Federico Fellini, Angelica Huston, and many more; ever-changing home addresses: London, Paris, Cannes, Los Angeles; and the unspoken lesson that appearances mattered more than reality. When Joan became the first and only American woman ever to fill the coveted position of Editor-in-Chief of Paris Vogue, she quickly became a force in the cult of fashion and beauty. Joan’s world was the land of illusion. But illusions cannot be sustained indefinitely, and they always come at a cost. In her new book THE PRICE OF ILLUSION Joan offers up a dazzling compulsively readable memoir spanning six decades spent in the creative heart of London, New York, Los Angeles, Milan, Paris, and more. But what is the price of illusion? Tune in to find out.

Politics, fashion, fame, Vogue, Paris, illusion, memoir, Donald Trump, there’s something for everyone on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, March 22. The podcast will be posted at 3 pm ET at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

FORREST GUMP AUTHOR WINSTON GROOM – PAUL SIMON BIOGRAPHER PETER AMES CARLIN

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“Life was like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get” is one of the most memorable lines in cultural history a play on an earlier line penned by the brilliant author Winston Groom in his iconic novel FORREST GUMP. Groom joins Halli on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show Wednesday, December 14, 3 pm ET to talk about his latest work EL PASO. Also joining Halli is bestselling author, veteran rock biographer Peter Ames Carlin out with his new controversial PAUL SIMON HOMEWARD BOUND: THE LIFE OF PAUL SIMON, the first major biography of American music icon.

Forrest GumpWinston Groom is the author of twenty previous books, including CONVERSATIONS WITH THE ENEMY (Pulitzer Prize finalist), SHILOH 1862, and THE GENERALS. As embodied by Tom Hanks on-screen, Winston Groom’s FORREST GUMP is perhaps one of the most identifiable fictional characters of the last thirty years. EL PASO marks Groom’s triumphant return to form: a swirling, unstoppable saga set against the panorama of the Mexican Revolution and its march into the American Southwest, a you cannot put this one down sweeping novel. Drawing brilliantly from Groom’s award-winning nonfiction and inspired by a true story, EL PASO begins at the turn of the twentieth century with the Great War raging in Europe, the Mexican Civil War spilling over the border, and the titans of American industry—the Hearsts, Whitneys, and Morgans—holding fast to their lands in northern Mexico.

Paul SimonThe first major biography of American music icon, PAUL SIMON, has arrived! Interviewing more than 100 people from Simon’s world, veteran rock biographer Peter Ames Carlin, the bestselling author of the Bruce Springsteen biography, BRUCE, brings us the new book: HOMEWARD BOUND: THE LIFE OF PAUL SIMON. With meticulous detail, Carlin fully reveals one whose life and career, in so many ways, exemplifies the American experience from 1950 through today.

History, music, fiction, biography, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show offers up a box of chocolates for your listening pleasure when authors Winston Groom and Peter Ames Carlin sit down with Halli, Wednesday, December 14, 3 pm ET. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

TOMMY ROE, THE KING OF BUBBLEGUM POP INTERVIEW

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Legendary bubblegum pop singer-songwriter Tommy Roe joins Halli at her table on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, November 30, 3 pm ET with stories of Dick Clark, The Beatles and more in a rock and roll of a conversation. With hits like Dizzy, Sheila, Sweet Pea, Everybody and Hooray for Hazel, Roe, sometimes referred to as “The King of Bubblegum Rock”, recorded six Top 10 hits between 1962 and 1969, more than any single artist/songwriter during that period of the sixties. Tommy has four Gold Records, and two of his hits topped the Billboard chart at #1.

TOMMY ROE, BEATLES, CHRIS MONTEZWith a total of 11 records reaching the Billboard Top 40 and 23 Billboard Top 100 chart records, Tommy is one of the early pioneers of the American Pop music culture. Now out with a new biography with intros by record mogul Scott Borchetta, Wink Martindale and Republican Pollster, Frank Luntz, FROM CABBAGE TOWN TO TINSELTOWN AND PLACES INBETWEEN is raw, candid, funny, sad encyclopedia of music history. Now 74, Tommy Roe is far more than the music that still brings crowds when he performs. His is a voice that stands for a generation.

tommy-roe-cabbage-bookTune in to The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, November 30, 3 pm ET for some rock and roll nostalgia with that Sweet Pea of a musician, Tommy Roe. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

JOHN FORD COLEY: “LOVE IS THE ANSWER”

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“I’d Really Like To See You Tonight,” “Nights are Forever Without You,” It’s Sad to Belong,” Love is the Answer,” were just a few of the hits of the Grammy nominated soft rock duo England Dan and John Ford Coley. Joining Halli at her table is singer, musician, actor, author John Ford Coley.

Texas born and raised, at 16 his music career was well on the way. The classically trained pianist would move to guitar and with his gift for harmony sing his way with his partner and classmate, England Dan to the top of the rock and roll charts. The band would break up but not before the Grammy-nominated duo had six Top 40 singles under their belts. With double platinum and gold records behind him, John has also produced other artists, most notably Eddie Money. He added acting to his repertoire and has penned a book on his years in the music industry entitled BACKSTAGE PASS.

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Stories of Elton John, Led Zeppelin, Mickey Mantle and more, and the extraordinary career of John Ford Coley on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, August 24, 3 pm ET. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

AMBROSIA DRUMMER BURLEIGH DRUMMOND

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Progressive rock band Ambrosia with drummer Burleigh Drummond

“How Much I Feel” “Biggest Part of Me” and “You’re the Only Woman” were just a few of the hits of the five-time Grammy Award nominated progressive rock band Ambrosia. The man on the drums and founding member? He is percussionist, producer, songwriter and singer Burleigh Drummond. Ambrosia drummer Burleigh Drummond will be joining Halli at her table on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, June 8, 3 pm ET for an in-depth interview.

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Formed in southern California in 1970 as a quartet, along with Burleigh, the groups members included guitarist/vocalist David Pack, bassist/vocalist Joe Puerta and keyboardist Christopher North. They chose the name Ambrosia to represent a vision of their music: all shades, textures, colors and styles. Ambrosia had five Top 40 hit singles on Warner Bros. Drummond is the only Ambrosia drummer/percussionist for the band, and with good reason. There is only one Burleigh Drummond.

A self-described “Army brat,” Drummond’s parents were in the U.S. Army, with his father a full Colonel and his mother an army nurse. The family moved often and ended up being stationed in Ankara, Turkey where as a child Drummond had an experience he found transformative: he watched and listened as artisans hammered out a large copper plate, not unlike a cymbal, “spinning and hammering in sublime synchronicity.” He’s been drumming ever since.

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What becomes a musician? Life as a rock star? A man and his music when Ambrosia drummer Burleigh Drummond visits The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, June 8, 3 pm ET. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

JOHN FORD COLEY: “LOVE IS THE ANSWER”

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“I’d Really Like To See You Tonight,” “Nights are Forever Without You,” It’s Sad to Belong,” Love is the Answer,” were just a few of the hits of the Grammy nominated soft rock duo England Dan and John Ford Coley. Joining Halli at her table, Wednesday, April 27, 3 pm ET is singer, musician, actor, author John Ford Coley.

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Texas born and raised, at 16 his music career was well on the way. The classically trained pianist would move to guitar and with his gift for harmony sing his way with his partner and classmate, England Dan to the top of the rock and roll charts. The band would break up but not before the Grammy-nominated duo had six Top 40 singles under their belts. With double platinum and gold records behind him, John has also produced other artists, most notably Eddie Money. He added acting to his repertoire and has penned a book on his years in the music industry entitled BACKSTAGE PASS.

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Stories of Elton John, Led Zeppelin, Mickey Mantle and more, and the extraordinary career of John Ford Coley on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, April 27, 3 pm ET. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

CAROLE KING: DIRECTOR GEORGE SCOTT & PLAYWRIGHT DOUGLAS MCGRATH

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The career of singer-songwriter Carole King is unparalleled. To date, more than 400 of her compositions have been recorded by more than 1,000 artists, resulting in 100 hit singles. Now, King tells her own story in the new documentary American Masters – CAROLE KING: NATURAL WOMAN, premiering nationwide Friday, February 19 at 9 p.m. on PBS. Wednesday, February 18, 3 pm ET The Halli Casser-Jayne Show previews the film when joining Halli at her table is the director of the documentary, filmaker George Scott and Douglas McGrath who wrote the book for the award-winning BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL, a contributor to George Scott’s Carole King documentary.

CaroleKingAmericanMaterslogoOriginally from Scotland, George Scott is a director of arts and music documentaries, as well as live concert films. His intimate portraits of musicians and artists have received wide acclaim and large audiences, and are renowned for getting ‘under the skin’ of their subjects. ENGLAND’S OTHER ELIZABETH, his film on Elizabeth Taylor was the highest-rated program ever in the BBC Omnibus Series 30 year history. Other portrait subjects have included Carla Bruni, the The Pep Shop Boys, as well as portraits of Barry White, Neil Sedaka and more.

CaroleKindBeauftifulMusicalcoverMost recently, Douglas McGrath directed the HBO documentary BECOMING MIKE NICHOLS. He collaborated with Woody Allen on the screenplay for BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, for which he and Mr. Allen were nominated for both an Academy Award and a BAFTA award. He was twice nominated for a Writers Guild of America award, in 1995 for BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, and in 1997 for EMMA. Some of his other directing credits include COMPANY MAN and NICHOLAS NICKLEBY. Besides writing for the New Republic, he has also written for the New Yorker, The Nation, the New York Times, and Vanity Fair. He began his career as a writer for SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE. He wrote the book for the highly-acclaimed Broadway show BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL which was nominated for the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards.

A conversation with George Scott and Douglas McGrath in a preview of the new PBS, American Masters documentary CAROLE KING: NATURAL WOMAN, Wednesday, February 17, 3 pm ET on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

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