“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.