james gavin
author, journalist

James Gavin 1smPL-Cover
photo by michael childers

Now available from Atria Books/Simon & Schuster:
Is That All There Is?: The Strange Life of Peggy Lee (order HERE)

"Nobody writes as eloquently, knowledgeably, and page-turningly about the midcentury music heroes who sang - and lived - our American story as James Gavin. His biography of Peggy Lee immerses us in a singular life of radiant self-invention." - Sheila Weller (author of Girls Like Us and The News Sorority)

"In his keenly observed, scrupulously researched biography James Gavin has illuminated something very true and touching about the woman behind the glamour. I highly recommend this book." - Natalie Cole

"A killer biographer" - Tim Appelo, Hollywood Reporter

JazzTimes interview with Jeff Tamarkin
Lambda Literary interview with Jamie Brickhouse

IN PAPERBACK from Atria Books/Simon & Schuster: Stormy Weather: The Life of Lena Horne
Excerpts on The Daily Beast and Vanity Fair.com

According to LIZ SMITH's
review of Stormy Weather:
"I wish I could do justice to this book. I cannot. It is impossible to convey its power ... Magnificent, gripping, marvelously written."
See also:
Liz in Variety, The New York Times Book Review, O, the Oprah Magazine, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, The New Yorker, Huffington Post, USA Today, Cindy Adams (New York Post), New York Newsday, Time Out New York, JazzTimes (Christopher Loudon), Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Boston Globe, Vogue.com, Playbill.com, More.com, TrendHunter.com, Bay Area Reporter, The Defenders (Eise Nefertari Ulen), Library Journal, Alan W. Petrucelli's Entertainment Report, Gay City News, Edge (John Amodeo), All About Jazz, St. Petersburg Times, Indianapolis Star, National Examiner, Shreveport Times, Hilary Gardner's Ad Alta Voce, AOL News (by Willard Jenkins), Correio Brasiliense (Brasilia, Brazil; by Juan Weik), Jerry Jazz Musician and Cabaret Scenes interviews with James, and Corey Jarrell's I'll Keep You Posted.

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photo by John Osler

ON TOUR: STORMY WEATHER: THE LENA HORNE PROJECT starring MARY WILSON (formerly of the Supremes), JAMES GAVIN, and the LARRY DUNLAP TRIO (see Appearances)

Deep in a Dream: The Long Night of Chet Baker has been republished by Chicago Review Press. Read Greil Marcus's review on Salon...

Read a lengthy
one-to-one between James Gavin and Lee Mergner, editor of JazzTimes

"Please, please NEVER tell my life story. Your eyes are too keen."(Richard Rodriguez, author and cultural critic)
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