Book & Author Series

George Cotkin

Enter the drawing for two tickets to the VIP meet and greet with author T.C. Boyle next year at the PAC.

Location: SLO Library Community Room
995 Palm Street, San Luis Obispo

Suggested donation to support the Library Foundation – $10

George Cotkin is Emeritus Professor of History at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. His previous books include Existential America, Morality's Muddy Waters, and Dive Deeper: Journeys with Moby-Dick.

George Cotkin is Emeritus
Professor of History at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. His previous books include
Existential America, Morality’s Muddy Waters, and Dive Deeper: Journeys with Moby-Dick.

George Cotkin Feast of Excess book coverAuthor George Cotkin will discuss his newly-released work, Feast of Excess: a Cultural History of the New Sensibility. This inventive and jaunty narrative captures the excitement of liberation in American culture. The roots of this release, as Cotkin demonstrates, began in the 1950s, boomed in the 1960s, and became the cultural norm by the 1970s. Through vignette profiles of prominent figures – John Cage, Patricia Highsmith, Allen Ginsberg, Andy Warhol, Anne Sexton, John Coltrane, Bob Dylan, Erica Jong, and Thomas Pynchon, to name a few – George Cotkin presents their bold, headline-grabbing performances and places them within the historical moment.




“…a rich understanding of how and why postwar artists and writers revolted against social norms that constricted desire.” — Bookforum

“…dazzling work of cultural history… the book fascinates on every page.” — Boston Globe



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Frank Warren – PostSecret

photo on stageThis multimedia event is based on Warren’s PostSecret Project — a postcard collection of highly personal secrets mailed to him anonymously from around the world, filled with confessions ranging from deep family secrets to funny reflections. In the wake of the concept’s popularity, the Project has raised millions of dollars for suicide pre- vention. The audience will also get to view postcards that were banned from Warren’s six best-selling books and have the opportunity to share their own secrets during the live interactive program. Adult content; ages 17+ 

Book signing follows.

“It was a complex night emotionally, alternating peals of laughter with tears and moments of reflection organized around a powerful central theme: sharing secrets can save lives.” 
– Watertown Daily Times

Sponsored by La Cuesta Inn, Central Coast Mortgage Consultants 

Co-presented with the Foundation for San Luis Obispo County Public Libraries

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