The Palm Beach Book Store is hosting author/art collector John Sacret Young Thursday night, and here’s what we know (because we have insider information):
- John Sacret Young is interesting.
- John Sacret Young is also funny.
- Local treasure and classic film expert Scott Eyman will be leading the Q&A.
That’s plenty of incentive to spend the evening immersed in Young’s memoir, Pieces of Glass: An Artoire. The book covers a lot of ground – family, cancer, women, sailing, car accidents, Hollywood, shady art dealers, and art. A lifetime’s worth of art. Here’s an excerpt:
Long after I had left New Jersey, decades later and decades after I became interested in art, I was sent a transparency. I don’t recall why. It was a painting by an artist I was only hazily aware of. His name was John Koch and he had little or no relationship with those I had come to know and buy. The painting was vastly alluring and “realist.” The painting was painstakingly and radiantly so. A still life. A painter’s palette board smeared with brilliant colors, a bed with rumpled sheets that seemed in themselves a living canvas, and as stunningly wrought and as sensuous as skin. It wasn’t cheap; in fact it was startlingly expensive. Even if I could’ve afforded it – and by begging or borrowing maybe I could have – I didn’t buy it, which I regret.
Young is best known as the Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning creator of TV’s China Beach and a producer of The West Wing, but he’s also a writer, director and collector. As a coda to the release of the memoir, Young will be selling choice pieces from his collection in New York in May 2017. “We really don’t own art,” he observes. “We just borrow it for a time.”
Moderator/interviewer Scott Eyman, former literary and arts critic for The Palm Beach Post and author of more than a dozen books on the film industry, will lead the discussion. Expect it to be lively, erudite and entertaining.
The event runs from 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20 at the shop (215 Royal Poinciana Way).