Pete Hamill

Widely Acclaimed Journalist & Best-Selling Author

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About Pete Hamill

Pete Hamill is a novelist, essayist and journalist whose career has endured for more than forty years. He was born in Brooklyn, N. Y. in 1935, the oldest of seven children of immigrants from Belfast, Northern Ireland. He attended Catholic schools as a child. He left school at 16 to work in the Brooklyn Navy Yard as a sheet-metal worker, and then went on to the United States Navy. While serving in the Navy, he completed his high school education. Then, using the educational benefits of the G.I. Bill of Rights, he attended Mexico City College in 1956-1957, studying painting and writing, and later went to Pratt Institute.

Mr. Hamill’s speech was so emotional, some audience members began to cry. Powerful.

- Mike Jackson, Council of State Governments Eastern

Hamill has written much fiction, including movie and TV scripts. He has published nine novels and two collections of short stories. His 1997 novel, Snow in August, was on the New York Times bestseller list for four months. His memoir, “A Drinking Life,” was on the same New York Times list for 13 weeks. He has published two collections of his journalism (Irrational Ravins and Piecework), an extended essay on journalism, News Is A Verb, a book about the relationship of tools to art, and a biographical essay, “Why Sinatra Matters,” dealing with the music of the late singer and the social forces that made his work unique. In 1999, Harry N. Abrams published his acclaimed book on the Mexican painter Diego Rivera.

Forever, was published by Little, Brown in January 2003 and became a New York Times bestseller. In 2004, he published “Downtown: My Manhattan“, a non-fiction account of his love affair with New York and received much critical acclaim.

In his 2007 novel North River, Pete Hamill returns with a love story set against the backdrop of some of New York City’s toughest streets. With a vibrancy and rich detail that are his trademarks, Hamill tells the story of a doctor’s professional and personal struggles in the icy grip of the Great Depression. His most recent novel, Tabloid City (May 2011), paints a gripping portrait of a New York City murder.  Creating the decadent playground of New York City along with the thrills and suspense of a murder-mystery of one of the city’s elite, Tabloid City provides all the depth, intrigue, and captivation we have come to expect from one of the greatest fiction writers of all time.

Speech Topics

  • Fiction and Journalism: What's the Difference?
  • News is a Verb
  • When it Snows in August

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