While Jack Kerouac’s adventures as a beatnik youth are no secret thanks to his classic book, On the Road, the author’s personal life is another story all together. The Voice Is All: The Lonely Victory of Jack Kerouac, by Joyce Johnson, sheds some light on the elusive writer’s childhood, influences, and relationships and, unlike her other book on Kerouac, Minor Characters, this is the first biography of Kerouac to draw from his own journals and abandoned manuscripts. Hear Johnson, a close friend of Kerouac’s for 50 years, discuss the book with New York Times journalist and Kerouac expert John Leland at the Strand.
Wed., Sept. 26, 7 p.m., 2012

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