Memoir of a ’60s Draft Dodger

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Heywood Gould's memoir "Drafted."

Screenwriter Heywood Gould spent many years on the East End and has a big following with friends, colleagues and fans here. For that reason, he is holding the launch of his memoir, “Drafted: A Memoir of the ’60s” (Tolmitch Press) on Saturday, July 24, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Julie Keyes Gallery in Sag Harbor. Mimosas and bagels will be served.

The book combines Heywood’s gifts for writing page-turning narrative and strong cinematic scripts. This comic memoir vividly portrays scenes from his colorful life; beginning with his childhood in Brooklyn, through his coming of age in New York in the 1960s.

In his writing, Gould revisits his attempts to avoid the draft, interweaving the other facets of his life. He regales readers with his madcap days working at the Riverside Funeral Parlor and his year living the dream of a wannabe novelist in Paris. Back in New York, he revels in the Greenwich Village scene, chess hustling in Washington Square and sharing a time capsule of the politics and ideas of the day.

Gould scores a dream job at the once liberal New York Post, alongside young writers like Nora Ephron, Pete Hamill and Anthony Scaduto. As a fledgling reporter, he chases stories including the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the civil rights struggle, the anti-war movement, city riots and World’s Fair scandals. The job provided the best training for this future novelist and screenwriter.

Born in the Bronx and raised in Brooklyn, Gould has written 14 books and nine screenplays, among them “Boys From Brazil,” “Fort Apache, the Bronx,” “Cocktail” and “Rolling Thunder.” In addition, he directed four features, “One Good Cop” starring Michael Keaton, “Trial by Jury” with William Hurt, “Mistrial” with Bill Pullman and “Double Bang” with William Baldwin.

His novel, “Leading Lady,” was a finalist for the 2008 Dashiell Hammett Award and Foreword Magazine Award for literary excellence in crime writing and was a Bronze Medal winner for the Independent Book Publisher’s Award. His novel “Greenlight for Murder” was praised as the “blackest of screwball comedies” and it was also nominated for a Hammett Prize.

Keyes Gallery is at 45 Main Street, next to The American Hotel, in Sag Harbor. For details visit juliekeyesart.com.

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