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Mill Valley Literary Review Celebrates FIVE YEARS of bringing you the best in Lit.
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Congratulations to MillValleyLit Audiobook Editor Jeb Stewart Harrison on his INDEPENDENT PRESS AWARD!
Mill Valley Film Festival Celebrates 40 Years!
A slice of heaven: Writers become actors, actors become writers.
Sam Shepard was the best of both. He published a large number of short story collections, although his later career was better known for his character acting. His first role was in Days of Heaven, but perhaps his most memorable was as Chuck Yeager in The Right Stuff, earning him an Oscar nomination.
MILL VALLEY - Home to The Mill Valley Film Festival, Mt. Tam, Muir Woods, redwood trees, Dipsea foot Race, waterfalls, rock stars, artists, & WRITERS, WRITERS, WRITERS.
Mill Valley's literary pedigree is impressive, more so for a town of barely 14,000: Jack Kerouac, Gary Snyder, Peter Coyote, David Harris, Gerald Nicosia, Martin Cruz Smith, Tom Barbash, Louis B. Jones, Jack Finney, Don Carpenter, Gina Berriault, Kay Boyle, Wright Morris, Michael Murphy, Joyce Maynard (J.D. Salinger's companion), Cyra McFadden, poets Jane Hirschfield, Maxine Chernoff, Yoko Ono and lyricists including John Lennon and Tupac Shakur. The late Tom Clancy often wrote in Mill Valley. Recently departed Playwright Sam Shepard lived at what was Flying Y Ranch (replete with horses) in the late seventies. See our Shepard tribute on left sidebar.
Authors who call(ed) Marin County home include Isabel Allende, Amy Tan & Anne Lamott. Plus T.C. Boyle, Jack London, Kerouac's daughter Jan (also a writer), Ram Dass, Stirling Silliphant, Shel Silverstein, Sterling Hayden, Susan Trott, Catherine Coulter, Leonard Gardner, Van Morrison (aural poet), Philip K. Dick, Barnaby Conrad, Joe Eszterhas, Richard Brautigan, Ambrose Bierce (see Literary Latte for profile), Poet Aram Saroyan (son of William Saroyan), Dave Eggers, Danielle Steel, Allen Drury, George Lucas. Julia Child lived in Ross while attending Branson School.
The connections: Ernest Hemingway's son -Jack, and grand-daughters Mariel and Margaux lived in Mill Valley's* Boyle Park area in the 60s. Papa's nephew still lives in Tiburon (editor, writer). John Steinbeck's connection: Ed Ricketts - marine biologist\writer\muse\character - "Doc" in Cannery Row, subject of "The Log from the Sea of Cortez" -Rickett's son lives quietly in Mill Valley. Senior Ricketts was also an inspiration to Joseph Campbell. A rare student of S.F. born Robert Frost's Dartmouth College lectures lives in Tiburon. An entire hilly Mill Valley neighborhood (nicknamed Poet Hill) streets are named after poets. Near San Anselmo, the Sleepy Hollow neighborhood and streets are named after a former resident's good friend, Washington Irving. As far as we know, Washington never slept here.
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