The Bookshelf Conversation: Chris Lucas

June 1, 2015 is how I start off my review of Seeing Home: The Ed Lucas Story: A Blind Broadcaster’s Story of Overcoming Life’s Greatest Obstacles, by Ed Lucas and his son, Chris: “These days, the word ‘inspirational’ is tossed around a lot for things that really aren’t. But in the case of Ed Lucas, it somehow doesn’t seem adequate.” (You can red the rest of the review here.)

As many of you know, when it comes to celebrity memoirs that are written with the assistance of another writer, it’s often the latter in whom I’m more interested. What was his or her role? Was it to sit passively while the celeb talks and basically transcribe, perhaps punching up the grammar a bit? Or do they interview the subject and then write it up? And what if, as in this situation, you have a strong connection with the subject? Do you just let them do their thing, because this is their memoir, or do you interject, your thoughts and comments and perhaps change the rhythm and meaning of the narrative?

These were some of the questions I asked Chris Lucas in our Bookshelf Conversation.

I usually don’t post events so far in advance, but the Lucases will participate in a discussion and booksigning at the Yogi Berra Museum on the campus of Montclair State University on Sunday, July 27, at 2 p.m. for more information, call 973-655-2378.


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