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Dennis McDougal Invited to West Hollywood Book Fair Oct 2

Each Fall, the West Hollywood Book Fair presents more than 300 novelists, journalists, poets and other writers from Southern California and beyond in panels, readings, and other special appearances. The 10th annual West Hollywood Book Fair will be held on Sunday, October 2 in West Hollywood Park, 647 N. San Vicente Blvd., following the official opening of the park’s new West Hollywood Library the previous day. The city expects more than 25,000 visitors to attend. Dennis McDougal Dennis McDougal, award winning journalist and author, is attending the 10th annual affair, and will be participating at the Mystery & Suspense Pavillion panel discussion. McDougal has lectured in journalism and creative writing at UCLA, Stanford, and the California State Universities at Fullerton and Long Beach, as well as writing several true crime books, biographies and his first novel, THE CANDLESTICKMAKER (Rosebud Publishing). A frequent contributor to TV Guide through the 1990s, his last story for the magazine was the murderous saga of actor Robert Blake and his late porn queen wife Bonny Lee Bakley. McDougal and co-author Mary Murphy turned that story into the bestseller …

Nook is Nice! Available Now: THE CANDLESTICKMAKER

Paperback, Ebook, Kindle and now NOOK, all the ways you have to choose to read THE CANDLESTICKMAKER by Dennis McDougal. THE CANDLESTICKMAKER is McDougal’s first work of fiction, he’s best known as an award winning journalist for the LA Times, CNN, and NY Times, as well as the author of several non-fiction books about true crime, and biographies of notables such as Jack Nicholson, Lew Wasserman, Otis Chandler and upcoming Bob Dylan. THE CANDLESTICKMAKER takes readers back to the 1960’s aboard the spy ship U.S.S. Argosy in the war-tossed waters off the coast of Vietnam, three young American sailors form an unlikely bond. Each has fled an America they were raised to love but somehow no longer understand. When forced to choose whether to face combat or stay and fight the war in the streets, they sign up for a war that reflected the conflict that raged inside each of them. The one thing of which they were certain was that the only people in the world that they could depend on were each other. …

Interview With Author of THE CANDLESTICKMAKER: Dennis McDougal

Dennis McDougal, award winning journalist and prolific author, agreed to an interview on the blog Literal Exposure.  It’s always interesting to find out about an author, why they write the books they do, how they choose the subject matter, and what is their process.  Dennis gives readers an insight into the makings of THE CANDLESTICKMAKER, his latest book and first novel. The Interview Can you please tell us a little about “The Candlestickmaker”? “The Candlestickmaker” recounts the lives and loves of three sailors during the height of the Vietnam War. It’san adventure story, weaving in and out of ports of call, from Hong Kong to Australia, the Philippines to Japan. But it is also a romance about the guy who went down to the sea in ships and the girl he left behind; a mystery filled with intrigue over the clandestine drugging of the military by its own government; and a bildungsroman chronicling the path from innocence to manhood of an unlikely trio of friends. Were you in the military? If so, can you tell …

Award Winning Journalist, Dennis McDougal Pens Novel About VietNam War, THE CANDLESTICKMAKER

Rub a dub dub Three men in a tub And who do you think they be? The butcher, the baker The candlestickmaker And all of them lost at sea. (Mother Goose) “They can teach you whatever you need to make war, but you learn to make peace on your own.”  During the 1960’s “Summer of Love,” three sailors on a deadly odyssey into a harrowing war that never should have been fought seal a friendship that outlasts betrayal, madness, and death itself. In The Candlestickmaker by award-winning journalist and author Dennis McDougal, an unlikely trio of college dropouts join the Navy to avoid the bloody ground war we know from films like Platoon and Apocalypse Now, only to find that they must band together to survive aboard a U.S. Navy spy ship which wages a very different kind of war – one that pits the military as much against its own crew as against an invisible enemy that lurks somewhere beyond the endless horizon of the Tonkin Gulf. The Candlestickmaker explores America’s first psychedelic war, …

The Roth Show Welcomes Dennis McDougal, Author of “The Candlestickmaker”

The Annie Oakley of the Airways joins The Jane Wayne of Justice on The Roth Show Listen LIVE: http://therothshow.com Former journalist and famed true crime author, Dennis McDougal joins Dr. Laurie Roth and Susan Murphy Milano in the regular Wednesday night crime segment of The Roth Show at 7-8pm ET. Wednesday, June 1 7-8pm ET Dennis McDougal What was our government really doing during the VietNam War?  Author Dennis McDougal will talk about the experiments that were conducted aboard a spy ship to three young men, all wondering why they were there in the first place, as told in his first novel, The Candlestickmaker.  Most recently author of Five Easy Decades: How Jack Nicholson Became the Biggest Movie Star in Modern Time (John Wiley & Sons, 2008), Dennis McDougal has chronicled Hollywood, crime and the media for over 30 years. His forthcoming Things Have Changed (John Wiley & Sons, 2011) is the new biography of music legend Bob Dylan. Before turning his attention full-time to writing books in 1993, McDougal reported on the glamorous and occasionally corrupt aspects of Hollywood as a staff writer …