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Dave Itzkoff



Chad Batka

Sponsored by Bon Voyage Travel

Dave Itzkoff is the author of "Mad as Hell," "Cocaine's Son" and "Lads." He is a culture reporter at The New York Times, where he writes regularly about film, television, theater, music and popular culture. He previously worked at Spin, Maxim and Details, and his work has appeared in GQ, Vanity Fair, Wired and other publications.

Itzkoff, who knew the late Robin Williams on a personal level, gives us the biography we've been waiting for: a portrait of a brilliantly nimble-witted performer who spent most of his life battling a crippling lack of self-confidence and depression. Williams' suicide in 2014 took most of us by surprise, but here the author shows how Williams' seemingly inexplicable act was the end result of a lifetime of inner turmoil and an inability to find peace within his own mind. The book includes material drawn from wide variety of people, including F. Murray Abraham, Norman Lear, David Letterman, Bruce Vilanch, Henry Winkler and Terry Gilliam. The book has some nifty trivia (first choices to play Mork from Ork were John Byner and Dom DeLuise), but this isn't one of those skimming-the-surface Hollywood bios. It's a meaty, well-researched, moving story of a man who could never quite come to terms with his own brilliance. (copyright 2018, American Library Association)

"Robin," is a well-written page-turner, it's the definitive biography of the genius of Robin Williams, whose life redefines the highs and lows of the American dream." ~Steve Martin.

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Scheduled events:
Robin Williams: Loved and Misunderstood
New York Times culture reporter Dave Itzkoff will discuss his recent biography of Robin Williams, a compelling portrait of one of America’s most beloved and misunderstood entertainers.

UA Mall Tent (Seats 250)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 2, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Central Mall (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: Dave Itzkoff
Moderator: Barbara Goldberg
Remembering Robin Williams and Judy Garland
Authors discuss the lives of iconic figures Judy Garland and Robin Williams.

UA Mall Tent (Seats 250)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 3, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Multigenre
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Central Mall (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Dave Itzkoff, Lorna Luft
Moderator: Kirk Ellis

Books:
Robin
History / Biography
Henry Holt and Co.
May 2018
ISBN 9781627794244
544 pages
$30.00, INSTORE
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"From New York Times reporter Dave Itzkoff comes the definitive biography of Robin Williams-- a compelling portrait of one of America's most beloved and misunderstood entertainers. More/less

Mad as Hell: The Making of Network
Book / Movie Biz
St. Martin's Press
March 2015
ISBN 9781250062246
304 pages
$22.00, INSTORE
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"Dave Itzkoff takes us on an extraordinary journey, and in the process reveals Chayefsky's prognosis for TV, a prognosis we've chosen to ignore even as it's come true before our eyes. More/less

Named Sponsors

Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

Friends of the Festival
Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona BookStores
University of Arizona - Facilities Management
Western National Parks Association
William & Mary Ross Foundation

Key Sponsors

Arizona Office Technologies
Arizona Wholesale Supply
Marshall Foundation

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