Book Group Expo 2006 presents Escape from Hollywood with moderator Ben Fong-Torres featuring panelists Adrienne Barbeau, Phil Doran, and Ron Mclarty.
Part salon, part marketplace, and part marvelous party, Book Group Expo brings together a wide variety of book lovers, and authors under one roof. The Expo is an opportunity for the thousands of serious readers and book group members from throughout the Bay Area to experience a unique interactive program built around reading and discussing literature.
Adrienne Barbeau, author of the memoir There Are Worse Things I Could Do is a San Jose native. She received a Tony nomination for her portrayal of Rizzo in the original Broadway production of Grease, and played the role of Bea Arthurâ€™s daughter, Carol, in the hit series Maude. Film audiences know her best from The Fog, Escape from New York, Swamp Thing, Cannonball Run, and Creepshow.
Phil Doran's The Reluctant Tuscan is the narrative account of how the authorâ€™s wife dragged him â€œinto paradise kicking and screamingâ€ after heâ€™d worked in Hollywood for twenty-five years as writer-producer of shows that included â€œThe Wonder Years,â€ â€œWhoâ€™s the Boss?,â€ â€œAll in the Family,â€ and â€œSanford and Son.â€
Ben Fong-Torres is an acclaimed music journalist of 45 years, a former Rolling Stone editor and the author of eight books, including The Grateful Dead Scrapbook, Not Fade Away: A Backstage Pass to 20 Years of Rock & Roll, Willin': The Story of Little Feat, and The Hits Just Keep on Coming: The History of Top 40 Radio. He is also the San Francisco Chronicle radio columnist, and was portrayed in the film Almost Famous.
Ron McLarty is an actor. Heâ€™s been a regular cast member of Spencer for Hire, Cop Rock, Law and Order, and The Practice, to name a few. Heâ€™s starred on Broadway in many plays and has been featured in many films. The Memory of Running is the first of ten previously unpublished novels.