Left Coast Writers®: Herbert Gold - Not Dead Yet

Monday, December 7, 2015 - 7:00pm

Literary legend Herbert Gold will be this month’s speaker for the Left Coast Writers® salon.  From the beatniks to post-war Paris to San Francisco and more, Herbert Gold has been an important figure in many of the most iconic writing scenes of the century, all the while writing dozens of novels, short stories, essays, and an autobiography or two to boot. If you know what’s good for you, you’ll come and see one of the most well-known and respected authors of the last six decades who is, as the title of one of his more recent books so proudly proclaims, still alive!

Herbert Gold was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1924. After several of his poems were accepted by literary magazines, he moved to New York at age seventeen and studied philosophy at Columbia University. While there, he befriended many Beat Generation writers, including Anaïs Nin and Allen Ginsberg. Gold won a Fulbright fellowship and moved to Paris, where he did graduate studies at the Sorbonne and worked on his first novel, Birth of a Hero, published in 1951. Since then Gold has written more than thirty books and received several awards, including the Sherwood Anderson Award for Fiction, the Commonwealth Club Gold Medal, and the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award. He has also taught at the University of California at Berkeley, and at Stanford, Cornell, and Harvard.

A San Francisco literary icon, and the chronicler of Bohemia for more than sixty years, he has also made friends with authors like Saul Bellow, Graham Greene, William S. Burroughs, Richard Wright, and James Baldwin. It all started in Lakewood, Ohio at Taft Elementary when Miss Collins stroked his hair and told him what a good little writer he was. His books include Not Dead Yet: A Feisty Bohemian Explores the Art of Growing Old, and When a Psychopath Falls in Love.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925
Not Dead Yet: A Feisty Bohemian Explores the Art of Growing Old Cover Image
ISBN: 9781611450293
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Published: Arcade Publishing - August 1st, 2011

An upbeat memoir to savor and admire, Still Alive proves that in your later years you can still be going strong . . . and having fun "Old age is a shipwreck," Charles de Gaulle once observed. Not so, says Herb Gold in this lively, often hilarious memoir of his first seven decades. He is clearly enjoying every moment to its fullest.

When a Psychopath Falls in Love Cover Image
ISBN: 9780988412279
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Published: Jorvik Press - February 10th, 2015

The intriguing new story from prizewinning author Herbert Gold, his twentieth novel in more than six decades, takes us on a journey of lost souls seeking attachment, revenge and redemption at the edge of San Francisco Bay.