Kitty Kelley Book Club: Literary Cocktail Party with Evan Thomas  

November 8, 2023

The Washington Independent Review of Books held a literary salon at the home of Kitty Kelley on Oct. 29. The guest of honor was journalist, historian and author Evan Thomas, […]

Q&A Cafe: Kitty Kelley, Neighbor and Author of ‘Unauthorized’ Books 

October 12, 2023

“I do not relish living in a world where information is authorized, sanitized and homogenized. I read banned books. I applaud whistleblowers, and I reject any suppression by church or […]

Kitty Kelley Book Club: ‘Letters for the Ages: The Private and Personal Letters of Sir Winston Churchill’ 

October 10, 2023

An edifying peek at what “Winny” wrote behind the scenes. Nazi troops began studying English phrasebooks to prepare for their invasion of Great Britain. France had fallen under Germany’s Blitzkrieg […]

Kitty Kelley Book Club: ‘August Wilson: A Life’ 

September 13, 2023

This biography’s brilliance approaches that of its subject.  The celebrated playwright August Wilson (1945-2005) was born Frederick August Kittel Jr. to a Black mother and a White father who abandoned […]

Kitty Kelley Book Club: ‘Listen, World! How the Intrepid Elsie Robinson Became America’s Most-Read Woman’   

August 16, 2023

Remember that iconic scene in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”? Mary’s editor, Lou Grant, played by Ed Asner, says, “You know, Mary. You’ve got spunk.”  She beams. “Why, thank you, […]

Kitty Kelley Book Club: ‘Taking Things Hard: The Trials of F. Scott Fitzgerald’ 

July 12, 2023

Reviewed by Kitty Kelley  Analyzing the author via his lesser known stories.  Success is said to be a bitch goddess who sprays splendor like a shooting star in the night […]

‘King: A Life’: Separating the Man from the Myth

June 14, 2023

They said one to another  Behold here cometh the Dreamer  Let us slay him  And we shall see what will become of his dreams.                                                                          – Genesis 37:19-20   These words […]

Kitty Kelley Gives $1 Million to Biographers International Organization 

Renowned biographer Kitty Kelley (“Oprah,” “The Royals”), has donated $1 million to the Biographers International Organization (BIO), beginning this month. The gift will be given in increments of $200,000 over […]

Kitty Kelley Book Club: ‘The Lost Paratroopers of Normandy’   

May 10, 2023

Honoring the heroes of a little-known episode from WWII. Reviewed by Kitty Kelley  “The Lost Paratroopers of Normandy” could be a magnificent film under the direction of Steven Spielberg with […]

Kitty Kelley Book Club: ‘Confessions: A Life of Failed Promises’ 

April 12, 2023

A literary critic admits his shortcomings. The writing life is full of potholes — long days and solitary nights followed by rewrites, rejections, and, for most, scant rewards. Upon publication […]