jubilee hitchhiker – the life & times of richard brautigan

UPDATE: the book release has been pushed back til April.

there’s a new book about Brautigan on its way!

Jubille Hitchhiker is due in January 2012 and aims to ‘connect the Brautigan known to his fans with the man who ended his life so abruptly in 1984 while revealing the close ties between his writing and the actual events of his life. Part history, part biography, and part memoir this etches the portrait of a man destroyed by his genius’.

It’s weighing in at a massive 896 pages too!

I certainly hope they come out with a e-book/kindle version.

you can pre-order the book at amazon via this link: Jubilee Hitchhiker: The Life and Times of Richard Brautigan

Interview with Virginia Aste

Arthur Magazine has an interview with Virginia Aste – Richard Brautigan’s first wife.

Married in 1957, separated in ’62 and divorced in ’70, she looks back at their time together.

Now working as a substitute teacher in Hawaii, this interview gives a little insight into Richard & his writing, what it was like in the 1960s in San Francisco as well as her relationship with Richard.

Tribute to Brautigan in Vancouver, Washington state

On Dec 4th, the students of will host a tribute to Richard.

They will read poems or passages and members of the audience are invited to as well. An interactive performance will be projected on a building to envoke a vision of a ‘pretty poetry tower’.

Here’s to hoping it makes its way to the net but if you’re in Washington state, you might want to check it out (and report back to us!)

Read more here


do folks who give brautigan books as gifts have a habit of writing notes on the title pages? my guess is yes.

from my collection, my favourite note says:

For Fred
from your old lady

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