On Location – Gonzo Fest 2018

Author/professor Tim Denevi and I had a delightful time presenting at the Gonzo Fest 2018. The Leo Weekly, Louisville, set up the event in an itinerary: 12-1 p.m. Writing “Hell’s Angels”: Will the Real Hunter S. Thompson Please Stand Up Featuring: Timothy Denevi and Margaret Harrell 1:10-1:50 p.m. Book Signings: Margaret Harrell, Ron Whitehead and Juan Thompson 1:30-2:30 p.m. The Battle of Michigan Avenue: Chicago 1968, HST and Violence Against Journalists Panelists: Michael Lind...
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Keep This Quiet! goes to Village Lights Bookstore

Village Lights Bookstore in Indiana, the official bookstore of the Gonzo Fest this year, is the perfect place for Keep This Quiet! books. And the co-owner has requested that I send copies. This led to a startling discovery. Not only do the owners have a ballet background but they also have a modern dance (Martha Graham) background in these days when most people who teach (or mention) modern call it "contemporary," and it's mixed with jazz. So I was amazed to see that after receiving this note in...
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The Ghosts of Virginia and Hunter S. Thompson roam the city library’s aisles

Gonzo Fest is THIS WEEKEND. I am excited to be in a literary panel, along with Bill McKeen, Ron Whitehead, Juan Thompson, and Rory Feehan -  moderated  by Michael Lindenberger, a journalist on the editorial board of the Dallas Morning News. It will take place in the Louisville library Saturday the 15th at 4:30. Below - anticipating that event -  is an excerpt of an article by Ron Whitehead in Leo Weekly: Fiction is a bridge to the truth that journalism can’t reach. Facts are lies when the...
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Gonzo Today interview
C. A. Seller with Margaret Harrell

Gonzo Today contributer C. A. Seller interviewed me at length, over multiple emails, and then got down to the actual questions, which are included in the final piece, which has just been published. Hats off to him for such work. And there's a fantastic bit of artwork by publisher Clayton Luce that you have to see, whether you read a word. So here's the link: http://gonzotoday.com/2016/05/15/the-margaret-ann-harrell-interview/ In addition to the phenomenal prepping and then questions by Cha...
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Gonzo Fest Photos 2016 – ’18

Gonzo Fest 2018 just finished April 14 in the Louisville Free Public Library. Here are a few photos, compliments of Deborah Brownstein:   In 2017 I was fortunate enough to be Skyped into a GF panel, consisting of hip, learned Ron Whitehead, poet and HST friend; Hunter's son Juan; William McKeen, head of journalism studies at Boston University; myself; and Rory Feehan, Irish author of a brand-new PhD dissertation on "the Hunter Figure." What a group. What a skilled moderator, Michael...
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Gonzo Fest 2014 photo

A late-arriving memory from the Gonzo Fest 2014. Courtesy of Eduardo Ritter yesterday. I like the photo and what it brings up. The one-year anniversary is almost here. How wonderful it was to discover Louisville and make new friends. See others for the first time! Everyone should attend at least one Gonzo Fest. James Mohan, who is also in the photo, lives in Boston and is an old friend from way back when we worked together in Yellowstone Park at Old Faithful in the soda shop a couple of summers....
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Meeting Hunter – YouTube

Here is a YouTube clip from the Gonzo Fest Louisville 2014, compliments of filmmaker Nick Storm. After a tantalizing trailer, Nick has just put up for sale his film of selected portions of the entire Gonzo Fest 2014. Meanwhile, here are my memories of excerpted from my hour and a half presentation at Carmichael's Bookstore. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26Avx8Sk4dw
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Hunter Thompson’s Boyhood Home

Hunter's boyhood home, not far from the famous Cherokee Park. That's me in the rain.
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Meeting Nick Storm

September 29, 2011 I have just sent away two copies of Keep This Quiet to a film maker who is going to the Gonzo Fest in Louisville, KY, on the 15th. As coincidence would have it, that's the official pub date of this book. I can imagine him reading from a letter that Hunter wrote this very month eons ago, when he was trying to get Hell's Angels to press. He wrote back then, practically the first letter - from San Francisco: Dear Margaret Ann— It is now four hours and twenty min...
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Ron Whitehead warms up the audience at gonzofest2014

Margaret A. Harrell was a speaker at GonzoFest 2014
It was a long process, but finally, thanks to Lumena Atherton's work in cutting the video into clips, I can post a few glimpses into my presentation at the Gonzo Fest in Louisville last April. Thanks also of course to filmographer/political journalist Nick Storm, of Storm Generation Films, who is presently making a full-length biographical film of Ron Whitehead. This YouTube clip is the introduction to my talk at an Indie bookstore--a colorful lead-in by Ron Whitehead. It's always interesti...
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