Alan Alda at Books & Books

Well-known actor, writer and director Alan Alda will in Grand Cayman next week to promote his latest memoir.

Best known as the wise-cracking Hawkeye Pierce from the hit TV series M*A*S*H, Alda will be at Books & Books read from, discuss and sign copies of Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself (Random House, $15). The event begins at 7pm.

Tickets are required, and are available with the purchase of Alda’s new book, or his previous memoir, Never Have Your Dog Stuffed (Random House, $14.95). Both are available in paperback editions.

Alda is one of America’s most recognizable and acclaimed actors – a star on Broadway, an Oscar nominee for The Aviator and the only person to ever win Emmys for acting, writing, and directing, during his 11 years on M*A*S*H.

Picking up where his bestselling memoir Never Have Your Dog Stuffed left off, Alda offers an insightful and funny look at some impossible questions he’s asked himself over the years: What do I value? What, exactly, is the good life? (And what does that even mean?)

Here, Alda listens in on things he’s heard himself saying at critical points in his life – from the turbulence of the ’60s to his first Broadway show to the birth of his children to the ache of September 11, and beyond.

Reflecting on the transitions in his life – and in all our lives – he notices that ‘doorways are where the truth is told,’ and wonders if there’s one thing – art, activism, family, money, fame – that could lead to a ‘life of meaning.’

In a book that is candid, wise and as questioning as it is incisive, Alda amuses and moves us with his uniquely hilarious meditations on questions great and small.

Alda is the winner of numerous awards, including six Emmys and six Golden Globes, and has been nominated for an Academy Award. He has acted in, written and directed many feature films, and has appeared often on Broadway. His avid interest in science led to his hosting PBS’s Scientific American Frontiers for 11 years.

He is married to children’s book author and photographer Arlene Alda. They have three grown children and seven grandchildren.

The Sydney Sun Herald has described the book as, ‘Engagingly thoughtful and thought-provoking . . . [Alan Alda] candidly shares many stories of his life, so easily and wittily you can hear him speak as you read.’