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Cathy Cassady Presents Carolyn’s Travel Tips for the Timid

May 17, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Cathy Cassady, daughter of Neal and Carolyn Cassady and a writer in her own right, will be at the Open Book on Thursday, May 17th at 6:30pm to give a reading, sign and sell copies of her mother’s posthumously published book, Travel Tips for the Timid: Or, What Guidebooks Never Tell, published locally by the Open Book Press this year. This event is free and open to the public. Carolyn’s travel memoir includes all original and never-before-seen illustrations, poems, and prose by Carolyn.

“The letter that inspired Jack Kerouac’s On the Road before being (allegedly) dropped off a houseboat, misfiled at a small Bay Area publisher, nearly tossed out with the trash, and then fought over by two literary estates has now reached its seemingly final destination. [….] Emory University has revealed that it has acquired the rambling 16,000-word typed letter that Neal Cassady [‘Dean Moriarty’] sent to Kerouac in 1950, which Kerouac later called ‘the greatest piece of writing I ever saw.’”— Jennifer Schuessler, The New York Times (9/27/2017)

Carolyn Cassady (April 28, 1923–September 20, 2013), immortalized as “Camille” in Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, graduated from Bennington College with a degree in Drama. She moved to Denver to pursue her Masters in Theater Arts; while there, she met and married Neal Cassady, who became known as the inspiration for Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and Ken Kesey. But Carolyn was a prolific artist in her own right. Aside from enjoying painting, sculpting, drafting, block printing, embroidery, upholstering, and theater arts, she also published two memoirs, Heart Beat and Off the Road. She was fortunate enough to be able to pursue her passion for the theater as the Artistic Director for both the San Jose Light Opera Company and the Santa Clara University Drama Department. For many years, she designed stage sets, costumes, and hairstyles for the local dance school. When her three kids were grown and gone, Carolyn moved to England, where she lived her remaining thirty years.

Praise for Travel Tips:
“Travel Tips is great fun. I especially loved Carolyn’s drawings in the book, where she captures the essence of life on her travels. As Carolyn and Jami found out, surprises—both good and bad—are what you remember best about a trip. Things that go smoothly are just not as much fun to remember years later. Also surprising to me, having known Carolyn since 1947, is that her poems in this book are so wonderful, and that they really showcase this facet of her many talents. This is a jewel of a book!”—Al Hinkle, “Ed Dunkel” in Jack Kerouac’s On the Road


May 17, 2018
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The Open Book’s event center hosts a diverse array of concerts, readings, and lectures, in an intimate setting with book- and wood-backed acoustics. Want to book an event? We have a 12′ by 8′ stage, a high-end PA with XLR and quarter-inch hook-ups, and capacity for 80 fans.