The Forum Files

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ISBN:978-0692525463 $38.95 hardcover. 10.5 x 9.3 x 0.7 inches, 147 pages, 200 photographs Published Nov. 21, 2015.

BEAUTIFUL NEW AUTOGRAPHED COFFEE TABLE BOOK. (Book can be personalized by the author if you wish, either for yourself or as a gift. Be sure to include name and desired inscription, if any, with order.)


Meet The Most Interesting People in the World — from Oprah to Spielberg, from Reagan to Clinton to Bush (41 & 43), from Thatcher to Blair, from Cronkite to Cooper, from B.B. King to Mary Tyler Moore, and on and on — hundreds of celebrities and world leaders, as you’ve never met them, in behind-the-scenes stories with behind-the-scenes photographs.

The Richmond Forum is likely the premier speaker series in the U.S., with a roster of Who’s Who speakers: George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, the leaders of most major countries-plus a staggering array of celebrities, journalists, scientists, thinkers, and even athletes. For “The Forum Files,” award-winning author Ray McAllister rummaged through more than a half-century of files and meeting minutes, scoured more than 150 years of newspaper articles, and interviewed scores of Richmonders and Forum speakers to unearth the history and behind-the-scenes stories.

Some of the fascinating behind-the-scenes stories in this coffee-table book, lavishly illustrated with 200 photographs:

  • Former Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev drove his Secret Service detail batty, repeatedly ordering his car stopped so he could jump out and meet ordinary Richmonders.
  • Famed director Steven Spielberg doesn’t accept speaking invitations-but he made an exception for a fascinating evening in Richmond.

  • Archbishop Desmond Tutu sneaked away privately before his speech-to visit the statue of his late friend, Arthur Ashe, Jr.
  • Baseball superstar Cal Ripken, Jr., meeting with three young players, couldn’t have known one would become a football superstar. That fourteen-year-old, Russell Wilson, himself agreed to appear at The Forum twelve years later.
  • Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice delivered both a foreign policy speech . . . and a surprise virtuoso piano performance.
  • B.B. King was expected to give a talk, instead, he let Lucille do most of the talking. He drew a standing ovation- and insisted on receiving his very large payment in cash.

“The Forum Files” should be on the must-read list-and the coffee table-of anyone who loves the inspiring pairing of big names and big ideas.

Ocracoke: The Pearl of the Outer Banks, by award-winning coastal author Ray McAllister, will be published April 29 by Beach Glass Books.

The $19.95 hardcover, the fourth book in the author’s North Carolina coastal series, is a look at the history, the people and the continuing allure of the remote, white-sanded island that draws tens of thousands of tourists each year.

Ocracoke tells the island’s story from the early days of Native Americans and European explorers to today’s artists, musicians, fishermen and bicycle-riding tourists. Along the way, it shares the stories of Blackbeard the Pirate’s bloody demise, German U-boat attacks off Ocracoke’s coast, and the role of the iconic 1823 Ocracoke Lighthouse.

Here, too, are portraits of ferries full of visitors, a legendary herd of once-wild ponies, miles of nationally honored beaches, the charmingly unpaved Howard Street and the poignantly serene British Cemetery – along with the inside stories of what draws families back year after year, generation after generation.

Text Box: ISBN: 978-0-615-71678-7 $19.95 hardcover. Published April 29, 2013. 5 x 8, 242 pages, B&W photographs Ocracoke also presents a striking new proposal from Dr. Stephen Leatherman, the world-famous Dr. Beach, to enhance Ocracoke’s reputation as a

ISBN: 978-0-615-71678-7 $19.95 hardcover.

Published April 29, 2013. 5 x 8, 242 pages, B&W photographs

world-class walking village.

Ocracoke: The Pearl of the Outer Banks is a delightful look at what makes Ocracoke special – and likely always will.

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