An Evening with Calvin Trillin


Calvin Trillin, The Lede: Distpatches from a Life in the Press

Rakestraw Books is honored to present an evening with Calvin Trillin on Wednesday, 21 February 2024 at 7 PM. During his first visit back in 14 years, Trillin will be discussing his new book, The Lede: Dispatches from a Life in the Press. Like so many of you, we have been reading Trillin's contributions to The New Yorker for years. We couldn't be more excited that he is once again visiting the bookshop. 

Adult tickets are $10. Each ticket admits one and includes a $10 discount on your purchase of The Lede. We are eager to include high school journalism students at this special event, so we have a special ticket price for students. Student tickets are $5 (admits one and includes a $5 discount on your purchase of The Lede). Please note only copies of The Lede purchased at Rakestraw Books can be signed at this event. Please join us for this memorable evening.

About The Lede:

I’ve been writing about the press almost as long as I’ve been in the game. At some point, it occurred to me that disparate pieces from various places in various styles amounted to a picture from multiple angles of what the press has been like over the years since I became a practitioner and an observer.

Calvin Trillin has reported serious pieces across America for The New Yorker, covered the civil rights movement in the South for Time, and written comic verse for The Nation. But one of his favorite subjects over the years—a superb fit for his unique combination of reportage and humor—has been his own professional environment: the American press.

In The Lede, Trillin gathers his incisive, often hilarious writing on reporting, reporters, and their world. There are pieces on a legendary crime reporter in Miami and on an erudite film critic in Dallas who once a week transformed himself from a connoisseur of the French nouvelle vague into a fan of movies like Mother Riley Meets the Vampire. Trillin writes about the paucity of gossip columns in Russia, the icebreaker he’d use if he met one of his subjects socially (e.g.: “You must be wondering why I referred to you in Time as a dork robot”), and the origins of a publication called Beautiful Spot: A Magazine of Parking.

Uniting all of this is Trillin’s signature combination of empathy, humor, and graceful prose. The Lede is an invaluable portrait of one our fundamental American institutions from a master journalist.

Event date: 
Wednesday, February 21, 2024 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
3 Railroad Ave
Danville, CA 94526
The Lede: Dispatches from a Life in the Press By Calvin Trillin Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593596449
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House - February 13th, 2024