Subtexts Two readings at Collected Works Bookstore
Blazing breakfast: Two readings at Collected Works
Madeline Kahn, star of stage and screen, best known for her roles in What’s Up, Doc?, Paper Moon, and Blazing Saddles, preferred the freedom of acting in Santa Fe to the pressures of Broadway. She was involved in the Santa Fe Festival Theater, a short-lived professional company housed at the National Guard Armory in the early 1980s, which attracted such recognizable names as Angela Lansbury, Victor Garber, and Michael York. Despite her Oscar nominations and other successes in the entertainment industry, Kahn, who died from ovarian cancer at age fifty-seven, was perpetually insecure and at the mercy of her unkind and manipulative mother. According to her biographer, William V. Madison, author of Madeline Kahn: Being the Music — A Life (University Press of Mississippi, 2015), Kahn was a private person and simply felt more comfortable in Santa Fe, which she considered a mystical place. Madison’s thorough biography has been hailed by fans for its unsparing, detailed portrayal of a woman who was routinely cast against type in gregarious, sexually provocative roles. Madison reads from Being the Music at 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 29, at Collected Works Bookstore (202 Galisteo St., 505-988-4226).
At 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 1, also at Collected Works, Craig Carlson reads from his memoir, Pancakes in Paris: Living the American Dream in France (Sourcebooks, 2016). Carlson worked as a screenwriter and filmmaker before he relocated to France and opened the Breakfast in America restaurant chain, which became a more prosperous enterprise than he ever anticipated, though his health suffered for it. Pancakes in Paris is cheerful, even when the topics — such as Carlson’s childhood with a neglectful, alcoholic father and a mentally ill mother — are grim. He is self-deprecating to a fault, which makes reading about his stupendous success all the more enjoyable. — Jennifer Levin