Stuff in the ‘Kathi Kamen-Goldmark’ Category

19 September, 2014

Kathi Kamen-Goldmark

The late Kathi Kamen Goldmark was something of a force of nature.  With her signature cascade of red wavy hair and mega-watt smile, Goldmark was a presence in the worlds of publishing, music and media.  A songwriter and musician, Goldmark was a radio and kathimusic CD producer, member of the Bay area band, Los Train Wreck, as well as the founder of the infamous Rock Bottom Remainders, a band comprised at various points of authors including Stephen King, Amy Tan, Scott Turow, Barbara Kingsolver, Carl Hiassen, Dave Barry, and her husband, Sam Barry. The Remainders became a fixture at publishing events and conferences, much to the delight of the literati, who didn’t seem to mind who among them was talented and who was not.

Goldmark began her career in book publishing as a media escort (not as racy as it sounds), taking authors who were on book tours around to their appearances at events in San Francisco.  Later, she worked at Harper SanFrancisco (now HarperOne).  Goldmark is the author of several books, including two novels–And Her Shoes Keep Walking Back to You (Chronicle Books, 2004) and posthumously, Her Wild Oats (Untreedreads Publishing, 2014)–as well as a guide to getting published, written with Sam Barry, Write That Book Already!  The Tough Love You Need to Get Published (Adams Media), and The Rock & Roll Joke Book, with Dave Marsh (St. Martins, 1997).  Goldmark co-authored a column on publishing, The Author Enablers, with husband Sam Barry.

Amy Tan said of Goldmark’s most recent book, Her Wild Oats: “When you flee your okay marriage and your pretty good job, what do you find? What else but who you are. With humor and tenderness, Kathi Kamen Goldmark has created characters who we would love to have as companions on our own escape.”

 


3 September, 2014

Kathi Kamen Goldmark’s HER WILD OATS, tonight, September 3, 7pm, Oakland, California

SAM BARRY, GUY JOHNSON, FRANCES DINKELSPIEL AND PEGGY ORENSTEIN presenting and reading from Kathi Kamen Goldmark’s “Her Wild Oats” at Montclair Presbyterian Church

Sep 3 2014 7:00 pm

The late Kathi Kamen Goldmark’s husband Sam Barry brings a panel of local authors together at Montclair Presbyterian Church to celebrate the publication of her book, “Her Wild Oats” on Wednesday September 3rd at 7pm.  We’re pleased to welcome Guy Johnson, Frances Dinkelspiel and Peggy Orenstein reading from Kathi’s book.

Kathi’s first novel, “And My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You”, earned praise from well-known authors Amy Tan, Maya Angelou, Scott Turow, Judy Collins, Rita Mae Brown, Carl Hiaasen, and Roddy Doyle; and received positive reviews in O, the Oprah Magazine, the Miami Herald, the San Francisco Chronicle, and other publications. Completed shortly before her untimely death from breast cancer, Goldmark’s Her Wild Oats is a honky-tonk road story about two unlikely pals: A smart young woman, Arizona Rosenblatt, leaves home and her role as assistant to a high-powered Hollywood executive when she discovers her husband is having an affair with a woman from Jews for Jesus; and thirteen-year-old Otis Ray “Wild Oats” Pixlie, boy genius harmonica player. In the end, Otis Ray learns what it means to be an adult, Arizona discovers the life she wants, and they both figure out the true meaning of love and family.

For more information:

http://www.ggpbooks.com/event/sam-barry-guy-johnson-frances-dinkelspiel-presenting-and-reading-kathi-kamen-goldmarks-her-wil


27 May, 2014

Kathi Kamen Goldmark’s HER WILD OATS available for pre-order

I am so pleased that both the ebook and the paperback of Her Wild Oats are now available for from our Preorders and Print page at:  http://untreedreads.com/preordersandprint.   There is reduced pricing if ordered from the publisher’s site before the release date (currently set for June 10th).   Untreed Reads Publishing is  also offering a special bundle of the ebook at a reduced if rate if bought at the same time as the paperback.

Author, musician, publicist, and radio host Kathi Kamen Goldmark was one of the sweetest, most charismatic and gifted women I ever metWith her signature long red curly hair and magical smile, Kathi made an impression on anyone who ever met her.  She completed the novel before she died and with its imminent publication, her mischievous spirit lives on.

Here’s how Kathi described the novel:   Her Wild Oats is a honky-tonk road story about two unlikely pals: Arizona Rosenblatt, a smart young woman who leaves home and her role as assistant to a high-powered Hollywood executive when she discovers her husband is having an affair with a woman from Jews for Jesus, and thirteen-year-old Otis Ray “Wild Oats” Pixlie, boy genius harmonica player. In the end, Otis Ray learns what it means to be an adult; Arizona discovers the life she wants; and they both figure out the true meaning of love and family. HWOFinalSmall

Already, Her Wild Oats has garnered pre-publication praise:

“When you flee your okay marriage and your pretty good job, what do you find?  What else but who you are. With humor and tenderness, Kathi Kamen Goldmark has created characters who we would love to have as companions on our own escape.”
–Amy Tan, author of The Valley of Amazement

“If you’ve ever fantasized about ditching your life and going on the road with your favorite band, this book is for you. It’s full of wild twists, great characters and sharp, funny writing.”
–Carl Hiaasen, author of Skink – No Surrender

“Among her many talents, Kathi Goldmark was a terrific writer, as she showed with her funny and touching debut novel, And My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You. It’s a damn shame Kathi couldn’t stick around longer, but she left us all a sweet parting gift with Her Wild Oats.”
–Dave Barry, author of You Can Date Boys When You’re Forty

“A story full of zip and humor, from a lady who had a lot of both.”
–Roy Blount Jr., author of Joy of Text

 

 

 

 

 


25 May, 2012

Remembering Kathi Kamen-Goldmark

I first encountered Kathi Kamen-Goldmark seven years ago when our mutual dear friend and my client, Leslie Levine, asked me to join her, Kathi and Sam Barry to lead what has come to be known as the reading and writing week at Rancho La Puerta, a health spa of some renown in Tecate, Mexico.  With her infectious grin, sparkling eyes, wicked sense of humor, and warmth, not to mention a cloud of gorgeous red curls, Kathi was a force to be reckoned with.  To know Kathi (and by that I mean, to be lucky enough to encounter her), was to fall instantly in love.  And it just got better throughout the week, as Kathi and Sam lead singalongs at the piano in the lounge at Rancho, and regaled us with stories of their publishing escapades and friends.  Kathi valiantly took part in early morning hikes, African dance class, yoga and the great fitness classes, but she lived for the Broadway dance class at week’s end, in which a tiny Asian dance master led us through Hollywood routines, leaving us breathless and panting for more.

The week’s highlight was the talent show, organized by Kathi and Sam, friends and partners in music, life, and everything else the universe has to offer.  Kathi began shamelessly recruiting for the talent show on day one of our week there, cheering on the talented and the talentless, who like I, could always be part of the back-up dancers and play the kazoo.  There is no one else in the entire world who could persuade me to make a consummate fool of myself, but there was no saying “no” to Kathi!  (Truth be told, I enjoyed making a fool of myself, but that can be our little secret.)  For the finale, Kathi, guitar in hand, would perform “The Slut Song,” her own indelible composition, and one that left us with tears of laughter pouring down our faces.

Kathi also loved our delicious swims at what Leslie called “the secret pool,” high on the hill with a stunning view of the surrounding mountains, graced with an archway looking out on to a vista of what I imagine to be a grove of cypress trees.  (A city girl, I am rather loose with my botanical terms.)

From time to time, we had to remember that we were actually there to teach and share our knowledge about reading, writing and publishing.  Kathi’s fiction-writing class made the art of writing seem like the art of the possible–and it was such fun.   No one was exempt from reading their work, yours truly included.

So most years, I totally looked forward to seeing Kathi, bright halo of hair surrounding her merry face, at Rancho and sharing the good times and mischief.  I knew that Kathi had so many friends, countless friends, and felt lucky that in my own little way, I had been admitted at least into the outer circle.  In time, Kathi and Sam got married, and it was a joy to witness the tenderness with which they treated each other.

So when Kathi and Sam asked me if I’d represent them for a book they planned to write together on their journey through cancer, each of them as both patient and caregiver (Sam had also had a scare with colon cancer), I was deeply touched and I vowed to place the book in the best of publishing hands. I felt truly honored to be working with them. They wrote a brilliant proposal that was actually laugh-out-loud funny in parts.  I found a wonderful editor who had lost her sister to cancer the year before.  As Kathi put it, if she had to go through this hellish experience, she wanted at least to be able to share what she and Sam had learned along the way.   Sadly, just as we were waiting to receive the fully executed contract, I received the news that Kathi had only perhaps a day or even hours to live.

I hate that Kathi had to suffer, to be scared, and to die. It feels shockingly cruel.  But I take some comfort in that she lived so richly that most of us would be lucky to sample the crumbs of the banquet that she laid out daily for everyone she touched.

Kathi, you were and remain a goddess.  Thank you for letting me know  you, even a little bit.

Love, Joelle

(Kathi above with Leslie Levine)