VJ Books Presents Author Pete Hamill!
Pete Hamill is a novelist, essayist and journalist whose career has endured for more than forty years.
Hamill was born in Brooklyn, N. Y. in 1935, the oldest of seven children of immigrants from Belfast, Northern Ireland. He attended Catholic schools as a child. He left school at 16 to work in the Brooklyn Navy Yard as a sheet metal worker, and then went on to the United States Navy. While serving in the Navy, he completed his high school education. Then, using the educational benefits of the G.I. Bill of Rights, he attended Mexico City College in 1956-1957, studying painting and writing, and later went to Pratt Institute.
In 1960, he went to work as a reporter for the New York Post. A long career in journalism followed. He has been a columnist for the New York Post, the New York Daily News, and New York Newsday, the Village Voice, New York magazine and Esquire. He has served as editor-in-chief of both the Post and the Daily News..
As a journalist, he has covered wars in Vietnam, Nicaragua, Lebanon and Northern Ireland, and has lived for extended periods in Mexico City, Dublin, Barcelona, San Juan and Rome. From his base in New York he has also covered murders, fires, World Series, championship fights and the great domestic disturbances of the 1960s, and has written extensively on art, jazz, immigration and politics. He witnessed the events of September 11, 2001 and its aftermath and wrote about them for the Daily News.
Hamill has written much fiction, including movie and TV scripts. He has published nine novels and two collections of short stories. His 1997 novel, Snow in August, was on the New York Times best-seller list for four months. His memoir, A Drinking Life, was on the same New York Times list for 13 weeks. His latest novel, Forever, was published by Little, Brown in January 2003 and became a New York Times best-seller. In 2004, he published ˝Downtown: My Manhattanţ, a non-fiction account of his love affair with New York and received much critical acclaim.
Hamill is the father of two daughters, and has a seven-year-old grandson. He is married to the Japanese journalist, Fukiko Aoki, and they divide their time between New York City and Cuernavaca, Mexico. He is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University and has a new novel, Tabloid City that will be released on May 1, 2011.
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Pete Hamill Bibliography
- A killing for Christ - World Pub. Co. 1968
- The Gift - Random House 1973 & Little, Brown and Co. 2005
- Flesh and Blood - Random House 1977 & Bantam Books 1986
Dirty Laundry - Bantam Books 1978 & Doubleday Publishing 1985
- Deadly Piece - Bantam Books 1979 & Golden Apple books 1985
- The Guns of Heaven - Dorchester Pub. 1983 & Bantam Books 1984 & Golden Apple books 1985 & Doubleday Publishing 1985 & Hard Case Crime Sept. 2006
- Loving Women - Random House 1989 & Pinnacle Books June 2003
- Snow in August - Little, Brown and Co. 1997
- Forever - Little, Brown and Co. Dec. 2002
SHORT STORY COLLECTIONS
- Invisible City: a New York Sketchbook - Random House 1980
- Tokyo Sketches: Short Stories - Kodansha International 1992
- Irrational Ravings - Putnam 1971
- Piecework: Writings on Men & Women, Fools and Heroes,Lost Cities, Vanished Calamities and How the Weather Was - Little, Brown and Co. 1996
- News Is A Verb: Journalism at the End of the Twentieth Century - Ballantine Books 1998
A Drinking Life: A Memoir - Little, Brown and Co. 1994
- The Times Square Gym
- Tools as Art: The Hechinger Collection - Harry N. Abrams 1995
- Diego Rivera - Harry N. Abrams Sept. 1999
- Subway Series Reader - Simon & Schuster 2000
- Why Sinatra Matters - Little, Brown and Co. Oct. 1998
- Downtown: My Manhattan - Little, Brown and Co. Dec. 2004