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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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February 2016

Richard Muti

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Richard Muti


    richardmuti @



Letter of Introduction:

Dear Colleagues:

BCCLS is pleased to announce Richard Muti as our Invite an Author for February.

His new book is:

Cent' Anni: The Sinatra Legend at 100, a fast-paced, one-volume study of the most fascinating entertainer of the 20th century. The book isn't an academic tome, although it is extensively researched and footnoted; rather, it is designed to be a highly readable page-turner, for avid Sinatraphiles as well as more casual fans of his music and films. It examines the forces, both positive and negative, that made Sinatra Sinatra, with special attention given to the love-hate relationship he maintained toward Hoboken and New Jersey for most of his life.

You may contact him at richardmuti @ to book a library visit.

Warmest regards,





What are you reading? What's on your nightstand?

I stock up at the Ramsey Library's semi-annual book sale with mostly non-fiction works that I haven't got to before. Three such books I've enjoyed in the last month are Robert Klein's The Amorous Busboy of Decatur Avenue, H.W. Brands' The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin, and Charles Kuralt's A Life on the Road. Before that, I was in awe of Hilary Mantel's writing in Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. Right now, I'm in the middle of a Daniel Silva spy thriller. As you can see, there is no accounting for my reading tastes.


Where do you go to get inspired?

I go to my office and sit down at my computer. The act of writing is what inspires me.


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

I am now three-quarters of a century old, but I feel as good as I did at a half-century.


Where do you write?

I have a quiet office in my Ramsey home, filled with stuff I like: family photos; portraits of Winston Churchill and Harry Truman; an antique oak table, similar to the one we see on the Charlie Rose show; a treadmill I use every afternoon for at least a one-mile walk at a brisk pace; and, not least, four jam-packed book cases (I enjoy re-reading books I may have read 10 or even 20 years ago and get something new out of them with each return visit).


What/who makes you laugh? Why?

You mean besides our current crop of presidential candidates? The earlier episodes of Frasier, the Kelsey Grammar sitcom, and any episode of The Honeymooners can set me off.


Favorite fictional character ever?

I became a Navy pilot because of a problem with seasickness, but I love seafaring tales and have read through Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin 20-volume series three times, so I guess Capt. Jack Aubrey of the British Navy and ship's surgeon Dr. Stephen Maturin qualify as my co-favorites.


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

Most of 2016 will be spent promoting my sixth book – Cent'Anni: The Sinatra Legend at 100 – with more than 50 book-signings in five states likely, mostly arranged by me. But I am beginning to think about my next writing project, which may very well be another true crime book similar to my successful 2012 work, The Charmer, co-authored with Charles Buckley.