Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Friday, November 11, 2011
A book prize for 'distinguished' Keith Richards
By HILLEL ITALIE, AP National Writer - SF Gate - Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Charles Sykes / AP
Honoree Keith Richards and his wife Patti Hansen attend the Norman Mailer Center and Writers Colony annual gala in New York, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011.
On a night he was honored for his way with words, Keith Richards was clearly winging it. "This is one for the books, if you get my drift — you hacks," the 67-year-old Rolling Stones guitarist joked Tuesday as he accepted the Mailer Prize for Distinguished Biography, a prize earned by his million-selling memoir "Life."
Wearing tinted glasses, a long scarf around his neck and a wide red band around his sprawl of salt and pepper hair, Richards stood before hundreds dressed in suits and gowns at the Mandarin Hotel in Manhattan and loosened up as if presiding over a celebrity roast. He chuckled. He swore. He reasoned that since he had been writing — songs — since age 16, his appearance at a literary event was not a total "intrusion."