SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - October 29, 2013) -
Where were you when President Kennedy was shot?
For years, journalist Holly Millea has concluded interviews with that question. In her decades-long career as a profile writer for magazines, Millea has interviewed dozens of prominent artists, entertainers, and leaders who have shared vivid memories of what they were doing on November 22, 1963, when, in seven seconds, a series of gunshots fired in Dallas changed America forever. Warren Beatty, Jeff Bridges, Diane Keaton, Barbra Streisand, Charlie Rose, James L. Brooks, Jimmy Carter, Gay Talese, Tom Stoppard, Dick Cavett, Peter Fonda, Gayle King, Carl Reiner, James Patterson, Chuck Close, Donna Karan, and Lauren Bacall are among the many cultural icons Millea has spoken with about that fateful day.
Released by digital publisher Byliner, Seven Seconds: Memories of the JFK Assassination, the Tragedy that Changed America ($1.99) is a one-of-a-kind story of the day John F. Kennedy was killed, told through the voices of men and women who made their own impact on American culture and whose work remains important today.
Jimmy Carter, still a Georgia farmer, had just come in from plowing a field. After hearing the news of the assassination, he went back outside and wept. Robert Redford was starring in Barefoot in the Park on Broadway and could barely remember his lines that night. Artist Chuck Close was at Yale, horrified to see law students toasting the president's death. Barbra Streisand was buying a necklace, which she still owns but has never been able to wear. And Nora Ephron was a 22-year-old reporter at the New York Post. "It was one of those days when I had a harrowing sense of how much I was a journalist as opposed to a human being," she recalled. "My instinct wasn't to weep. It isn't that I didn't feel terrible, it's just that I also felt, 'I'm a journalist and I'm going back to the city room, where I belong.'"
The world will be marking the fiftieth anniversary of the Kennedy assassination in the coming month. Seven Seconds poses the question that many of us will be asking about that unforgettable day: Where were you?
About the Author: Holly Millea has covered the film industry since 1987, writing cover stories and features for a range of magazines. For ten years, Millea hosted HBO's Upfront in the Back Seat, conducting on-camera interviews (in the back of a Checker cab) with directors and stars including Sydney Pollack, Hugh Grant, Ron Howard, Mark Wahlberg, and Jodie Foster. She also writes the award-winning Beauty Adventure column for Elle.
About Byliner: Byliner
works directly with the world's best writers to deliver great stories to readers. Named "one of the 10 Most Innovative Media Companies in the World" (Fast Company), Byliner is a subscription reading service and digital publisher of award-winning short fiction and nonfiction. A Byliner subscription provides unlimited access to more than 30,000 stories by hundreds of bestselling authors, as well as personalized story suggestions based on your reading time and interests. The entire library of Byliner Originals -- including bestselling e-books by Margaret Atwood, Nick Hornby, Jon Krakauer, Ann Patchett, Nicole Krauss, Alexandra Fuller, Richard Russo, and Sebastian Junger -- is available in the subscription service and through the major digital bookstores.
is available for $1.99 as a Kindle Single at Amazon, a Quick Read at Apple's iBookstore, a Nook Snap at BarnesAndNoble.com, and a Short Read at Kobo. The story is free to Byliner subscribers at Byliner.com. For an Advance Reading Copy or to schedule an interview with Holly Millea, please contact Clare Hertel at firstname.lastname@example.org, 505-474-6783.
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