John Hampsey reads from his memoir KAUFMAN’S HILL on February 21st

kaufman's hill by john hampsey

Event date: 
Saturday, February 21, 2015 – 5:00pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027

A profound and intensely moving boyhood memoir, Kaufman’s Hill opens with a prosaic neighborhood scene: The author and some other young boys are playing by the creek, one of their usual stomping grounds. But it soon becomes clear that much more is going on; the boy-narrator is struggling to find his way in a middle-class Catholic neighborhood dominated by the Creely bullies, who often terrify him. It’s the Pittsburgh of the early and mid-1960s, a threshold time just before the counter-culture arrives, and a time when suburban society begins to encroach on Kaufman’s Hill, the boy’s sanctuary and the setting of many of his adventures. As the hill and the 1950s vanish into the twilight, so does the world of the narrator’s boyhood.