All posts tagged: Dennis McDougal

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, …

Message to Dylan ……WANTED!

message from: Susan Murphy Milano……… Since I do not have access to Bob Dylan’s cell phone or email address I thought it best to attempt this method of communication in hopes that he contacts me. Bob Dylan is an American singer, songwriter, artist, author and poet. His paintings are exhibited in major art galleries. And he just celebrated his 70th birthday. I was introduced to his music as a kid by way of nylon needle stereo in the living room that sat on top of the most putrid orange shag rug ever to be sold in homes. It was so bright you needed a pair of foster grants just to spare your eyes if you stayed in the room longer then five minutes. Saturday afternoons I would go to the record store and pick up his album and Janice Joplin’s. I played both albums until they were so worn the needle skipped over most of the song. I am asking if he would be a guest on my radio show “Time’s Up.” For two reasons, he ain’t getting any younger and I …