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Timothy Leary: His Life and Legacy


An evening of discussion with

Peter Conners, Don Lattin, and Nicholas Schou

Half a century has passed since Timothy Leary, a clinical psychologist at Harvard University, swallowed a handful of magic mushrooms on his summer vacation in Mexico in August of 1960. Leary returned to Harvard that fall convinced that psychedelic drugs would revolutionize psychology and change the world. At this special event, three California authors with recent books on the psychedelic sixties will read from their works and discuss the legacy of the "high priest of LSD," the man Richard Nixon called "the most dangerous man in America."

On this occasion, City Lights Books celebrates the release of:

White Hand Society: The Psychedelic Partnership of Timothy Leary & Allen Ginsberg

White Hand Society weaves a fascinating and entertaining tale of the life, times and friendship of Timothy Leary and Allen Ginsberg and the incredible impact their relationship had on America. Peter Conners has gathered hundreds of pages of letters, documents, studies, FBI files, and other primary resources that shed new light on their relationship, and a veritable who's who of artists and cultural figures appear along the way, including Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs, Thelonious Monk, Willem de Kooning, and Barney Rosset. The story of the "psychedelic partnership" of two of the most famous, charismatic and controversial members of America's counterculture brings together a multitude of major figures from politics, the arts, and the intersection of intellectual life and outlaw culture in a way that sheds new light on the dawn of the 1960s.

Peter Conners, author of White Hand Society: The Psychedelic Partnership of Timothy Leary & Allen Ginsberg (City Lights Books, 2010)

Don Lattin, author of The Harvard Psychedelic Club: How Timothy Leary, Ram Dass, Huston Smith, and Andrew Weil Killed the Fifties and Ushered in a New Age for America. (HarperCollins, 2009)

Nicholas Schou, author of Orange Sunshine: The Brotherhood of Eternal Love and its Quest to Spread Peace, Love and Acid to the World. (St. Martin's Press, 2010)

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Published Reviews

White Hand Society: The Psychedelic Partnership of Timothy Leary & Allen Ginsberg
Published by San Francisco Chronicle
"Conners writes like a poet and researches like a scholar. He pored over hundreds of letters, FBI files and other primary sources to shed new light on these two avatars of altered...