Phoenix Books is honored to host a book launch and discussion between Linda Lane, author of Laser Lady Meets the Light Junkies: A Hollywood Memoir, and Shelburne Museum curator Katie Wood Kirchhoff.
About the book: In the early the 1970s pop culture collided with science in a hurricane of eccentric personalities, deal-making, and unbridled hedonism. Linda Lane was at the center of it all. This cinematic coming-of-age memoir illuminates not only the birth of holography and its commercial intersection with Hollywood during the iconic early 1970s, but also Linda Lane’s struggles and victories as a young single woman working in a cutthroat male-dominated industry. It includes the many interactions she had with iconic filmmakers, movie stars, artists, and other international celebrities of the time, including Richard Harris, Candy Clark, Leon Russell, Roman Polanski, Francis Ford Coppola, Michael Crichton, Doris Duke, Salvador Dali and numerous others.
About the author: When Linda Lane experienced the sight of a cannon floating inside of a cylinder, it changed her life forever. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, she graduated from USC and studied screenwriting with Francis Ford Coppola at UCLA. During the 1970s she wrote numerous television pilot treatments and original screenplays while on a mission to find a physicist/holographer who could make a larger-than-life-sized hologram for first-run theaters. In her pursuit, she became a pioneer of holography, attempting to convince connoisseurs that what they viewed as a novelty was evolving into fine art. She lives in Burlington, Vermont.
About the moderator: Katie Wood Kirchhoff joined Shelburne Museum in 2016 and organizes exhibitions and publications focusing on the museum’s historic collections of American fine, folk, and decorative arts. Trained as a specialist in American art history, decorative arts, and material culture, Kirchhoff holds a B.A. from Smith College, an M.A. from the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, and a Ph.D. from the University of Delaware in Art History. While Katie’s work considers a wide range of American material culture ranging from paintings and prints to barns and bedcovers, her research is unified by a curiosity about the ways that objects shape our navigation through and understanding of the world around us.
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