City of Secrets Book Tour

Tue, Apr 26, 7pm
BARNES AND NOBLE # 2076
100 West Bridge Street
Homestead, PA 15120

Wed, Apr 27, 7:30pm
TEMPLE SINAI
2808 SUMMIT ST
OAKLAND, CA 94609

Thu, Apr 28, 7pm

Frances Kroll Ring dies at 99; F. Scott Fitzgerald’s final secretary

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I was lucky enough to meet Frances this past January and thank her for her memoir, Against the Current, which helped me a great deal.  At 98 she was still pithy, and loved telling stories about how working with Fitzgerald was an education.

– Stewart O’Nan

Frances Kroll Ring, one of the last living links to novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald, died Thursday, her family said. She was 99 and died at home in Benedict Canyon after a short illness.

Ring began working as Fitzgerald’s secretary and typist in 1939, when he was sending out short stories, working occasionally for Hollywood studios and writing the manuscript “The Love of the Last Tycoon.”

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Roundup of West of Sunset Reviews

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“I can only thank Stewart O’Nan for bringing this version of this writer to me in such a way.  And only Stewart O’Nan, with his meticulous care and precision he brings to the page, could have done it.  Bravo!”

Elizabeth Strout, Basler Zeitung

More Reviews of West of the Sun

Paste Magazine
The Buffalo News
Entertainment Weekly
Amazon.com
Newsday
The Washington Post
Tweed’s
HuffPo Books
Chicago Tribune
The Boston Globe
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
USA Today
LA Weekly
The Seattle Times
The Stranger
Washington Times
OregonLive
Cincinnati CityBeat
Tuscaloosa News

Inferno Under The Big Top: Survivors Remember The Hartford Circus Fire

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Author Stewart O’Nan, who wrote the 2001 book The Circus Fire: A True Story of an American Tragedy, and Mike Skidgell, whose new book, The Hartford Circus Fire, spoke to a standing room only crowd of more than 200 Sunday afternoon.

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The stories of that steamy summer day are horrifying.

With the Big Top filled with people, animals and performers and the afternoon matinee underway, a fire started at one end of the massive tent and spread rapidly.

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