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MARK YOUR CALENDAR! Sunday, March 19th – 4:30-6:30 pm
which way west?
Jami Cassady reads from the Joan Anderson letter

jack-and-neal70 years on…

Having met Neal Cassady in December 1946 in NYC, Jack Kerouac says so long to Neal on March 4, 1947, and Neal returns in a tear to Denver. By March 7, Neal has written a letter to Jack from Denver, the “Great Sex Letter,” astonishing and thrilling Jack with its energy & drive…

In December 1950 Jack receives from Neal the 40,000 word “Joan Anderson letter,” the letter that Jack credits for giving him the approach he uses to rewrite “On the Road,” making it one of the great novels of the 20th century…

This March, on the 19th –Jack’s christening day, as it happens — we’ll welcome Neal’s daughter Jami to read from the Joan Anderson letter and from Off the Road, the autobiographical book by Carolyn Cassady, her mother, that tells so much about the guys that define the “Beat Generation” for all time.

The Patrick Wolff Quartet winds through the proceedings – Patrick Wolff, tenor sax; Adam Shulman, piano; Eric Markowitz, bass and Evan Hughes, drums.