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Invite an Author

Every month, we highlight an author in an initiative called "BCCLS Invite an Author". Many of these authors are happy to visit BCCLS libraries to chat with your book clubs or present programs either in person or via Skype. You can email them directly for more information or to schedule a library visit.

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April 2016

Michael Seth Starr

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Michael Seth Starr


    michaelsstarr @



Letter of Introduction:

Dear Colleagues:

Most of us do ‘get by with a little help from our friends.’

If you love the Beatles, if pop music and musicians have a place on your library shelves, if biographies of music icons matter to you, then BCCLS Mr. April will be an author in whom you will be very interested.

It is with great pleasure that I present Michael Seth Starr as BCCLS Invite an Author for April, 2016.

Michael Seth Starr is the TV editor for the New York Post, where he has written about television for the past 20 years. He is a native of northern New Jersey, and has authored biographies of Peter Sellers, Art Carney, Joey Bishop, Bobby Darin, Raymond Burr, and Redd Foxx. Unlike Ringo, he was born with the last name Starr; they are not related.

Ringo: With a Little Help (Backbeat Books) by Michael Seth Starr is the first in-depth biography of Ringo Starr, the drummer who kept the beat for an entire generation and who remains a rock icon more fifty years after the Beatles took the world by storm.

He was the last member of the Beatles to join the group and also the most vulnerable, and his post-Beatles career was marked by chart-topping successes, a jet-setting life of excess and alcohol abuse, and, ultimately, his rebirth as a clean-living children’s television star and one of rock's most revered elder statesman.

Ringo: With a Little Help traces the entire arc of Ringo’s remarkable life and career and, in time for his 75th birthday, paints the most vivid picture yet of the most famous drummer the world has ever known.

On Ringo: With a Little Help:

"...a solid recounting of Ringo's life and will be of interest to Beatles fans looking for more information on the least-chronicled member of the Fab Four."


"In this illuminating and comprehensive biography of Richard "Ringo Starr" Starkey, New York Post TV editor Starr delves into every aspect of the life of one of the 20th century's most famous drummers....Starr successfully paints a complete portrait of the legendary drummer, whose contributions to rock ‘n’ roll, he argues, have been largely overshadowed by his iconic band mates."

Take a look at Michael's Inside Edition interview, where he discusses his new biography of Ringo.

Additionally, all our featured authors can be found in Author-ized! within BCCLS Discover ( Click here to check it out!

I have a few copies of Michael’s book free for the asking to first requesters.

You can email Michael directly at: michaelsstarr @ to arrange a visit. He requests $100 as an honorarium. This is, for sure, a too cool for school library event. Who in the world doesn’t want to talk about The Beatles?

Warmest regards,





What are you reading?

The President and the Apprentice: Eisenhower and Nixon


What's on your nightstand?

The Wrecking Crew: The Inside Story of Rock and Roll's Best-Kept Secret, Before I Get Old: The Story of The Who


Where do you go to get inspired?

​A good bookstore


What's something that surprised you recently (in a good way)?

​ The writing and depth of the '50s-era radio series Gunsmoke.


Where do you write?

​In my home office.


What/who makes you laugh? Why?

Steve Coogan (I'm Alan Partridge), Peter Sellers​, Ricky Gervais (The Office, Extras). I'm a big fan of British humor.


Favorite fictional character ever?

As far as a literary character, I don't really have a favorite.​ Most of my reading encompasses biographies. Raymond Burr, who I wrote about in Hiding in Plain Sight: The Secret Life of Raymond Burr, led an interesting life, inventing a large part of his public persona.


What do you want readers to know about you and your books?

I try to thoroughly research each of my biographical subjects, let the story tell itself, and avoid psychoanalyzing my subjects.​


What are you working on?

A biography of William Shatner.​