An Evening with Ivor Davis

An Evening with Ivor Davis

“An Evening with Ivor Davis” celebrates Ventura County author/journalist Ivor Davis, recalling his 50+ year career as an eyewitness to the biggest news events of our lifetimes.

The Ojai Art Center Literary Branch and the Small Publishers, Artists & Writers Network present the event which takes place September 26 at 7 pm in the Ojai Art Center Theater. A reception follows with a book signing.


Starting as a stringer for the Express, Davis was assigned to travel with the Beatles for their entire 1964 Summer Tour, which he chronicled 50 years later in his book, “The Beatles and Me on Tour.” He was smuggled into the University of Mississippi during segregation attempts. He was on the press team traveling by train with Robert F. Kennedy as the senator campaigned in 1968 and was within a few feet of Kennedy at the Ambassador Hotel when he was shot. Davis then daily covered the trial of Shirhan Shirhan, Kennedy’s killer.


From the morning the bodies were discovered on August 9, 1969, Davis followed leads on the Tate/LaBianca murders, chasing off to Inyo County to try and interview Charles Manson when he was arrested. The next day, Davis went to Spahn Ranch and spent three days interviewing Manson family members, the results covered in “Five to Die,” the first book published on the murders. When the trials were held, Davis was in the front rows daily capturing the drama that became the Manson Murder Trials. His latest book, “MANSON EXPOSED: A reporter’s 50-year journey into madness and murder,” recalls every twist in the case and every lead he followed. Released this summer the book became an Amazon bestseller.


He covered other trials, events, earthquakes, murders, and more with tales about the most exciting celebrities from Burton and Taylor to Tom Cruise to brutal killers. Davis’s wit and balance as he dug through most of the most gruesome events adds fresh eyes to stories we watched on TV or read about in newspapers.


Ojai Literary Branch Salon: “In the Drink”

Ojai Literary Branch Salon: “In the Drink”

The Ojai Art Center Literary Branch kicks off its 2019 roster of speakers, Celeste Weingardt and Irene Henry, with two women who successfully survived the problematic situation of living with a brother who is an alcoholic. In their new book, “In The Drink: Surviving The Alcoholic,” they chart not only the course their own journey took, but incorporated the experiences of others as well. The public is invited to join Celeste and Irene on February 11, 7:00 pm in the Ojai Art Center gallery for their talk on the genesis for their book, their writing and publishing process, and how you can take steps to protect yourself in a relationship with an alcoholic.

Friends and long-time residents of Ventura, Celeste and Irene never planned to write a book about living with an alcoholic relative.  However, when they accidentally learned that they each had a brother suffering from alcoholism after both brothers were diagnosed with cancer, “In The Drink: Surviving The Alcoholic” was born.

Knowing firsthand how alcoholism not only consumes the drinker but also wreaks havoc in the lives of those closest to them, the two women decided to share their stories in writing with the hope that a book will provide clarity and direction to people in similar circumstances.  They initially thought they’d write about their brothers, but when friends learned about the project, they started telling Celeste and Irene about their own stories with a family member who also became an alcoholic.

The word about their project spread and, once Celeste and Irene decided to include others’ stories, the format for their book took shape.  “In the Drink: Surviving the Alcoholic” is published by Seagull Publishing and can be ordered on Amazon.  The book was profiled in SPAWN’s New Releases from the Small Publishers, Artists & Writers Network.

Celeste has worked in magazine publishing for many years and has also co-authored “Running to Win: Candidate Worksheet Series” the first edition of the series that was published in 2018. The next two installments will be released in 2019.  Irene is a law school graduate, political activist, a mom, and a former high school volleyball coach.

Their talk will be followed by a Q&A, a reception and book signing.

For additional information, please contact: Ilona Saari,

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