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A Special Evening with Neil Hickey and Dr. Renée Richards

Saturday, June 27, 2015 at 8:00 pm


Coming soon to Arts on the Lake

Members Event and Book Signing Open to All

On the occasion of their new books, Adventures in the Scribblers Trade by Neil Hickey and Spy Night & Other Memories by Renée Richards, these two members of the Kent community with international reputations will share stories of presidents, movie stars, musicians, summer camp, literary lions, first-person politics and how they met on a tennis court in Western Kent. A reception and book-signing will follow the discussion.

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A Special Evening with Neil Hickey and Dr. Renée Richards in the News

Press release: TV Guide Bureau Chief and Controversial Tennis Player at Arts on the Lake

Link to "Scribblers Trade" at

Link to "Spy Night" at

About the Event

Neil Hickey began his journalistic career in Baltimore and resumed it in New York after three years as a naval officer during and after the Korean War. Assignments have taken him to Vietnam, the 1991 war in Kuwait, the Soviet Union, Cuba, the Baltics, Northern Ireland, Singapore, and around the U.S. He served as the NY bureau chief of the original TV Guide, at that time the country's best-selling magazine. Previous books include The Gentleman Was a Thief and Adam Clayton Powell and the Politics of Race (co-author). Former editor-at-large of the Columbia Journalism Review, he now serves as adjunct professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Dr. Renée Richards' life as the first athlete to play successfully in professional sports as a transsexual, to coach Martina Navratilova to titles in all four grand slam tennis championships, then to return to the practice of medicine as an eye surgeon (her original career) has been well documented. Although she has written a textbook on eye muscle surgery, Dr. Richards is better known for two autobiographies, Second Serve and No Way Renée. Her recent book, Spy Night & Other Memories, chronicles a life apart, starting with a German spy suddenly appearing at summer camp during WWII.