Tucson Festival of Books

Mary Haverstick


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Mary Haverstick is a director, writer and cinematographer who founded a Pennsylvania production company and has been directing independent films and commercials for over 30 years. After starting out as on-air television host at her local NBC-affiliate, Haverstick left the anchor chair to develop her skillset behind the camera. In an era when few women did so, Haverstick went on to write and direct four feature length films and is currently producing her fifth. Her most notable work as writer and director was for "Home," which starred Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden and Broadway legend, Marian Seldes. Haverstick followed up "Home" with "The Last Horsemen of New York," a documentary about the tumultuous battle over Central Park’s horse carriages, featuring Liam Neeson. Haverstick's decade of research for her book, "A Woman I Know,"  began when she pulled the plug on a biopic film on Jerrie Cobb upon discovering Jerrie was hiding secrets, including an identity overlap with CIA spy June Cobb and information about the Kennedy assassination. Haverstick is currently chronicling the turbulent political landscape in her home state, Pennsylvania, for her upcoming documentary feature, "Tipping Point, PA."

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Scheduled events:
Through the Eyes of a Filmmaker
It's truly an art to take a story that is almost beyond belief and turn it into a visual experience. Here is a look at two women who do just that. One in the intelligence field who turned up new clues about John F. Kennedy's assassination, and the other working with a war hero who transforms his devastating injuries into a positive force for other veterans, professional football players, and anyone facing a major challenge.

Koffler Room 218 (Seats 142, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Mary Haverstick, Terese Schlachter
Moderator: Jay Rochlin
Politicians and Spies
An award-winning journalist and a filmmaker shine light into dark corners of the recent past, from wartime graft and corruption to the Cold War world of women spies and the Kennedy assassination. These are stories you didn't read in the history books.

UA Library/Special Collections (Seats 110)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
History / Biography
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Steve Drummond, Mary Haverstick
Moderator: ellen stevens
Intriguing Women
Three pathbreaking authors employ extensive research in CIA files and elsewhere to shed new light on women in Cold War espionage, the JFK assassination and Oswald family dynamics.

Integrated Learning Center Room 120 (Seats 300, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Multigenre
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Mary Haverstick, Liza Mundy, Deanne Stillman
Moderator: Gay Vernon

Book:
A Woman I Know
Female Spies, Double Identities, and a New Story of the Kennedy Assassination
History / Biography
Crown
November 2023
ISBN 9780593727812
560 pages
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