A Classic American Humorist
Calvin Trillin, the author of About Alice, has been acclaimed in fields of writing that are remarkably diverse. As someone who has published solidly reported pieces in the New Yorker for forty years, he has been called "perhaps the finest reporter in America." Calvin Trillin's wry commentary on the American scene and his book chronicling his adventures as a "happy eater" have earned him renown as "a classic American humorist." His best-selling Remembering Denny (1993) was hailed as "an elegiac, disturbing and altogether brilliant memoir."
Calvin Trillin was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, and now lives in New York. He graduated from Yale in 1957, did a hitch in the army, and then joined Time. After a year covering the South from the Atlanta bureau, he became a writer for Time in New York.
In 1963, Calvin Trillin became staff writer for the New Yorker. From 1967 to 1982, he produced a highly praised series for the New Yorker called "U.S. Journal", 3,000-word pieces every three weeks from somewhere in the United States, on subjects that ranged from the murder of a farmer's wife in Iowa to the author's effort to write the definitive history a Louisiana restaurant called Didee's "or eat an awful lot of baked duck and dirty rice trying." Some of the murder stories from that series were published in 1984 as Killings, a book that was described by William Geist in the New York Times Book Review as "that rarity, reportage as art."
From 1978 through 1985, Calvin Trillin was a columnist for The Nation, writing what USA Today called "simply the funniest regular column in journalism." From 1986 through 1995, the column was syndicated to newspapers. From 1996 to 2001, Calvin Trillin did a column for Time. His columns have been collected in five books.
Since 1990, Calvin Trillin has written a piece of comic verse weekly for The Nation. In 2004, he published Obviously On He Sails: The Bush Administration in Rhyme. A sequel, A Heckuva Job: More of the Bush Administration in Rhyme, was published in 2006. Both were New York Times best-sellers.
Calvin Trillin's books have included three comic novels (including the best-seller Tepper Isn't Going Out) and a collection of short stories and a travel book and an account of the desegregation of the University of Georgia. Three of his antic books on eating- American Fried, Alice, Let's Eat and Third Helpings- were compiled in 1994 into a single volume called The Tummy Trilogy. His memoirs include Messages From My Father, a New York Times best-seller in 1996, and Family Man (1998).
Calvin Trillin lectures widely, and has appeared often as a guest on television. He has written and presented two one-man shows at the American Place Theater in New York- both of them critically acclaimed and both sell-outs. In reviewing "Words, No Music," in 1990, New York Times theater critic Mel Gussow called Calvin Trillin "the Buster Keaton of performance humorists."
Fee Information: Booking Fees to hire speakers and celebrities are determined based on a number factors and often change without notice. Some factors include: speakers schedule, length of presentation, location of event, market conditions, availability and interest. Fee Ranges listed on this website are intended to serve only as a guideline. For the most current celebrity fees or to check availability, please contact a booking agent.
Please Note: All American Speakers Bureau acts only as an entertainment broker/producer for corporate functions, private engagements and special events. All American Speakers Bureau does not claim or represent itself as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Calvin Trillin or any artists or celebrities on this website.
All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, private events, public relations campaigns, promotions, commercials and product endorsements.
Profiles listed on this website are provided as a resource to our clients, which are meeting and event planners and other buyers of talent in order to provide them with the widest variety and selection of available talent. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read about the All American Speakers Bureau Advantage.
Due to the volume of emails and calls we receive, we can no longer respond to inquiries related to any of the following:
Related Tags: Find More Information on booking Calvin Trillin for appearances, speaking engagements, endorsements/spokesperson, appearance fees, booking agency contact info, biography of Calvin Trillin, Contact an artist booking talent agent find a speakers bureau that can book Calvin Trillin, speaker booking agency for Calvin Trillin, list of similar speakers and celebrities for hire, what is the cost to book a top 10 motivational speaker, musician, comedian or famous athlete.