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August 4, 1998 | DAVID STREITFELD, WASHINGTON POST
The sun never sets on "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil," which just clocked an unprecedented four years on the New York Times nonfiction hardback bestseller list. No one expected one week on the charts, let alone 209 and counting. Not John Berendt, who thought he had written a good book but not necessarily a popular one. Not the first agent he went to, who declined to represent it because she thought it wouldn't sell. Not the publisher, whose first printing was nothing to brag about.
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December 18, 2005
*--* SO. CAL. RATING Fiction LAST WEEK WEEKS ON LIST 1 The Lighthouse by P.D. 1 3 James (Knopf: $25.95) Det. Adam Dalgliesh is called to the Cornish coast to solve the murder of an acclaimed novelist who had upset his very prominent neighbors. 2 The Sea by John Banville 4 5 (Alfred A. Knopf: $23) A widower struggles to rid himself of the yoke of memory by visiting the coastal town where he spent time as a boy. 3 Christ the Lord by Anne 6 5 Rice (Alfred A. Knopf: $25.
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December 30, 1993 | RICHARD EDER, TIMES BOOK CRITIC
Driving off the Interstate and into Savannah's downtown grid, motorists come up every few blocks against a leafy, fenced-in square. Their straight-line progress dissolves into successive circuitous skirtings past shade trees and old brick facades. Savannah is the city Sherman didn't burn. Seeing what had happened to Atlanta, the notables went out to meet the general partway and bargained, persuaded or charmed him into leaving the place relatively intact.
BOOKS
October 9, 2005 | Nicholas Delbanco, Nicholas Delbanco is Robert Frost collegiate professor at the University of Michigan and the author of many books, including "The Vagabonds," "Running in Place: Scenes from the South of France" and "Anywhere Out of the World: Essays on Travel, Writing, Death."
IN "The City of Falling Angels," John Berendt does with Venice what he once did with and for Savannah in his "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil." It is no easy task. Savannah -- though scarcely unknown -- was a town few writers had described; Venice, by contrast, is one of the most celebrated cities in the world.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 16, 1997 | JOHN LEE HANCOCK
It's unusual for a screenwriter to participate in the shooting of a movie, but at the invitation of director Clint Eastwood, I spent last spring on the set of "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" helping re-create events that occurred in Savannah, Ga., 15 years ago.
BOOKS
January 23, 1994 | DICK RORABACK
MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD AND EVIL by John Berendt (Random House: $23; 390 pp.) Smart people, the Savannahians. When Sherman's Civil War scorched-earth march fetched up on their doorstep, they immediately surrendered on condition that the general spare their city. He did, and Savannah never looked back--or forward. Sherman spared what the French, among other connoisseurs, call the most beautiful city in America.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 14, 1996 | BENJAMIN EPSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Lots of books have been made into movies. How many have been made into jazz concerts? "George Wein told me this is a first," reports John Berendt, author of the best-selling "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil," reached by phone in New York last week. Wein is producing the concert version of Berendt's book, which features music by Johnny Mercer. Wein also produces the Newport Jazz Festival, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and more than 1,000 other jazz events each year.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 14, 1996 | BENJAMIN EPSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Scientists have realized that you can't observe an experiment without affecting its outcome. The same applies to writing about real-life characters. Lives change. Take The Lady Chablis--her full legal name--of Savannah, Ga.
BOOKS
December 18, 2005
*--* SO. CAL. RATING Fiction LAST WEEK WEEKS ON LIST 1 The Lighthouse by P.D. 1 3 James (Knopf: $25.95) Det. Adam Dalgliesh is called to the Cornish coast to solve the murder of an acclaimed novelist who had upset his very prominent neighbors. 2 The Sea by John Banville 4 5 (Alfred A. Knopf: $23) A widower struggles to rid himself of the yoke of memory by visiting the coastal town where he spent time as a boy. 3 Christ the Lord by Anne 6 5 Rice (Alfred A. Knopf: $25.
BOOKS
October 9, 2005 | Nicholas Delbanco, Nicholas Delbanco is Robert Frost collegiate professor at the University of Michigan and the author of many books, including "The Vagabonds," "Running in Place: Scenes from the South of France" and "Anywhere Out of the World: Essays on Travel, Writing, Death."
IN "The City of Falling Angels," John Berendt does with Venice what he once did with and for Savannah in his "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil." It is no easy task. Savannah -- though scarcely unknown -- was a town few writers had described; Venice, by contrast, is one of the most celebrated cities in the world.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 26, 2005 | Scott Martelle, Times Staff Writer
The truth is, people like to talk. Even when they probably shouldn't. Even when they know John Berendt, his shrewd eyes belying a sympathetic smile, is sitting right across from them, absorbing every word, preparing to serve it all back up later in a stew of a book that will divulge their personal darkness to the world. "People start out very guarded," Berendt says, "and then they relax and tell you their story." They talk over formal interviews and dinners, drinks and long walks.
NEWS
August 4, 1998 | DAVID STREITFELD, WASHINGTON POST
The sun never sets on "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil," which just clocked an unprecedented four years on the New York Times nonfiction hardback bestseller list. No one expected one week on the charts, let alone 209 and counting. Not John Berendt, who thought he had written a good book but not necessarily a popular one. Not the first agent he went to, who declined to represent it because she thought it wouldn't sell. Not the publisher, whose first printing was nothing to brag about.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 16, 1997 | JOHN LEE HANCOCK
It's unusual for a screenwriter to participate in the shooting of a movie, but at the invitation of director Clint Eastwood, I spent last spring on the set of "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" helping re-create events that occurred in Savannah, Ga., 15 years ago.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 14, 1996 | BENJAMIN EPSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Lots of books have been made into movies. How many have been made into jazz concerts? "George Wein told me this is a first," reports John Berendt, author of the best-selling "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil," reached by phone in New York last week. Wein is producing the concert version of Berendt's book, which features music by Johnny Mercer. Wein also produces the Newport Jazz Festival, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and more than 1,000 other jazz events each year.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 14, 1996 | BENJAMIN EPSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Scientists have realized that you can't observe an experiment without affecting its outcome. The same applies to writing about real-life characters. Lives change. Take The Lady Chablis--her full legal name--of Savannah, Ga.
BOOKS
January 23, 1994 | DICK RORABACK
MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD AND EVIL by John Berendt (Random House: $23; 390 pp.) Smart people, the Savannahians. When Sherman's Civil War scorched-earth march fetched up on their doorstep, they immediately surrendered on condition that the general spare their city. He did, and Savannah never looked back--or forward. Sherman spared what the French, among other connoisseurs, call the most beautiful city in America.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 26, 2005 | Scott Martelle, Times Staff Writer
The truth is, people like to talk. Even when they probably shouldn't. Even when they know John Berendt, his shrewd eyes belying a sympathetic smile, is sitting right across from them, absorbing every word, preparing to serve it all back up later in a stew of a book that will divulge their personal darkness to the world. "People start out very guarded," Berendt says, "and then they relax and tell you their story." They talk over formal interviews and dinners, drinks and long walks.
BOOKS
January 26, 1997
The second annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books will be held April 19 and 20 at UCLA. Last year's festival drew approximately 75,000 people. About 200 authors--including Steve Allen, John Berendt, Barbara DeAngelis, Nancy Friday, Carlos Fuentes, Olivia Goldsmith, Dean Koontz, Dr. Laura Schlessinger and Joseph Wambaugh--will participate in panel discussions and other events.
NEWS
December 30, 1993 | RICHARD EDER, TIMES BOOK CRITIC
Driving off the Interstate and into Savannah's downtown grid, motorists come up every few blocks against a leafy, fenced-in square. Their straight-line progress dissolves into successive circuitous skirtings past shade trees and old brick facades. Savannah is the city Sherman didn't burn. Seeing what had happened to Atlanta, the notables went out to meet the general partway and bargained, persuaded or charmed him into leaving the place relatively intact.
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