MASH star visiting Cayman

| 14/09/2008

(CNS): One of America’s most acclaimed actors will be appearing at Books and Books in Camana Bay next week. Signing copies and reading from his memoir Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself, Alan Alda is likely to generate plenty of attention, so this is a ticket only event.  Alda will be discussing his book from 7:00 pm on Wednesday, and the tickets are available with the purchase of Alda’s new book, or his previous memoir, Never Have Your Dog Stuffed, which are both available in paperback editions.

Alan Alda is one of America’s most recognizable actors – the only person to ever win Emmys for acting, writing, and directing, during his eleven years on M*A*S*H. He is also a star on the stage and big screen having been an Oscar nominee for his role in The Aviator.

Picking up where his bestselling memoir Never Have Your Dog Stuffed left off – having been saved by emergency surgery after nearly dying on a mountaintop in Chile – Alda offers an insightful and funny look at some impossible questions he’s asked himself over the years: What do I value? What, exactly, is the good life? — And what does that even mean?

Alda listens in on things he’s heard himself saying at critical points in his life – from the turbulence of the sixties, to his first Broadway show, to the birth of his children, to the ache of 11 September and beyond.  Reflecting on the transitions in his life he says that “doorways are where the truth is told".  In a book that is described by the critics as candid, wise, and as questioning as it is incisive, Alda meditates on questions great and small.

Having played Hawkeye Pierce for eleven years on M*A*S*H, Alda has acted in, written, and directed many feature films, and has appeared often on Broadway. His avid interest in science has led to his hosting PBS’s Scientific American Frontiers for eleven years. He is married to the children’s book author and photographer Arlene Alda. They have three grown children and seven grandchildren.

Alda is a guest of Books & Books with the support of the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism and The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman.


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  1. Anonymous says:

    Wow!  A golden opportunity that Books & Books, CIDT and the Ritz Carlton will make available to the people of the island with such a talented and interesting actor.