Writer to explore surviving fiasco

Beverly Gray will go behind the scenes of writing her book about a landmark movie when she speaks about “Fiasco, and How to Survive It: The Genesis of ‘Seduced by Mrs. Robinson’” at the Thursday, March 7, Ridge Writers meeting, held at 6:30 p.m. in the Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church.

The public is welcome and admission is free.

As Gray explains, “Experienced authors know that things do not always go as planned. The challenge is to be resilient enough to survive – and to thrive – after the kind of catastrophe that derails a pet project.”

Her presentation will reveal what happened when her contract with a major university press was threatened by the publication of another book on the same topic. After years of teeth-gnashing, she turned her failed concept into something much better, and was rewarded with a choice of three publishing deals.

In November 2017, to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the film’s release, Algonquin Books published her “Seduced by Mrs. Robinson.” This exploration of the movie’s legacy has attracted national attention and numerous rave reviews.

Gray has spent her career divided between the worlds of the intellect and show biz. While completing her doctorate in Contemporary American Fiction at UCLA, she surprised everyone by taking a job with B-movie legend Roger Corman, for whom she helped develop 170 low-budget feature films.

Following her Corman years, she covered the movie industry for The Hollywood Reporter. She has also published the best-selling “Roger Corman: Blood-Sucking Vampires, Flesh-Eating Cock-roaches and Driller Killers,” now in its third edition, as well as “Ron Howard: From Mayberry to the Moon ... and Beyond.”

Currently she teaches an advanced online screenwriting workshops for UCLA Extension’s internationally known Writers’ Program. Her popular twice-weekly blog, “Beverly in Movieland,” addresses movies, moviemaking, and growing up Hollywood-adjacent.

Gray will also talk about her book over tea and scones at My Enchanted Cottage at 2 p.m. the same day, $37 for book, refreshments and discussion group. Contact Red Rock Books for details.

Story First Published: 2019-02-22