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December 14, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm



AMERICAN WITNESS: The Art and Life of Robert Frank by RJ Smith

Journalist RJ Smith debuts his latest book, a biography of pioneering photographer and filmmaker Robert Frank.

About Robert Frank:

Contemporary and close friend of Beat legends Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and Peter Orlovsky, the photographer and filmmaker Frank is best known for The Americans, a downbeat portrait of 1950s America. It has long been recognized as a transformative artistic document of the country at mid-century. Also a pioneer of American independent cinema, Frank made a legendary film with the Rolling Stones. Today, at 93, Frank defines what it means to be an artist in America and what it costs to be free.

Robert Frank is private, evasive, he makes up stories about his past to throw off writers. American Witness is the first full-length look at his myth and his work. It is a compelling portrait of Frank’s times and the seismic impact he had upon them.

About RJ Smith:

Journalist and author RJ Smith has been a senior editor at Los Angeles Magazine, Cincinnati Magazine, contributor to GQ, Elle, The New York Times Magazine and more. His book The One: The Life and Music of James Brown was among the New York Times’ “100 Notable Books of 2012.” Smith lives with his wife and daughter in Cincinnati.

6 pm reception/6:30 program

Free and open to the public. Copies of American Witness available for sale and signing courtesy of Joseph Beth Booksellers.

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: Call 513-621-0717 OR email reservations@mercantilelibrary.com



December 14, 2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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