EASTON — At 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, "library guy" Bill Peak will interview Roger Vaughan about the creation of his latest book, "Arthur Curtiss James: Unsung Titan of the Gilded Age," and the process of writing in general at the Talbot County Free Library.
A question-and-answer period will follow the interview.
Vaughan grew up in Massachusetts, where his father was a small-town general practitioner who made house calls. At age 8, he began writing, taking photographs, playing music and sailing. Personal offshore yacht racing experiences include the lethal 1979 Fastnet Race and a leg of the Whitbread Race 1990 around Cape Horn. He graduated from the Choate School and received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Brown University.
Vaughan worked in mass print media as editor and writer in Philadelphia and New York for 10 years, at Saturday Evening Post and LIFE magazines. Assigned briefly to LIFE’s Chicago Bureau, where he covered 17 states, he returned to Manhattan to run LIFE’s Youth and Education Department, covering experimental education, the Monterrey and Woodstock music festivals, Bob Dylan and the cultural upheaval of the 1960s.
Fleeing the big city, Vaughan moved to Rhode Island and worked as a commercial fisherman, photographer, short-order pizza cook and director of Brown’s News Bureau, before focusing on a freelance writing career after "The Grand Gesture," his first book, was published in 1973. He has written 19 other books, including biographies of media magnate Ted Turner, the late Berlin Philharmonic Music Director Herbert von Karajan, live polio vaccine pioneer Hilary Koprowski and educator/philanthropist Harry Anderson.
Vaughan worked for many years as a writer for ESPN TV; has written and directed a score of videos; co-authored the story for the feature film “Wind”; and was founding editor of TheYACHT magazine. Assignments have taken him to 44 states, and more than 20 countries.
Vaughan moved to Maryland's Eastern Shore in 1980. He lives with his wife, Kip Requardt, and their assorted dogs, cats and laying hens on a river in Oxford.
All library programs are free and open to the public. Patrons do not need to pre-register to attend this interview. For more information, call the library at 410-822-1626 or visit www.tcfl.org.