Sunday, April 21, 2024

Remembering Laurie Colwin, New York Writer, Novelist, Humorist and Friend


Every year we celebrate the birthday of Laurie Colwin, the great writer who died unexpectedly on Oct 24, 1992. Laurie was just 48, but she left behind a beautiful daughter and a collection of novels, short stories, and humorous pieces about cooking that are all still in print. They include “Happy All the Time,” “Family Happiness,” “Another Marvelous Thing,” “HomeCooking” and “More Home Cooking.” I was Laurie’s paperback book publicist at Ballantine/Fawcett in 1983, when “Family Happiness” was issued with a romance cover. (It had been a highly praised Knopf novel.) The paperback people didn’t know what they were doing, or who Laurie was, that she was a favorite at the New Yorker. Also, as a young editor at Dutton, she’d discovered and published Fran Lebowitz’s “Metropolitan Life.” She’d also worked for Charles Schulz for a time. Go right now to amazon or IBooks–things Laurie would not tolerate–or a real book store, and just pick up her stuff. It will make smile wildly, and then feel very sad because there was so much more she had to write.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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