"Gonzo Way" Wins London Book Festival's Grand Prize

Congrats to Anita! Her book, The Gonzo Way, on her late husband Hunter S. Thompson, has won the Grand Prize at the London Book Festival.

She will accept the award in person on Dec. 18. Background on the book is here.

There's also a very interesting interview with Anita in the Sunday Scotsman Herald, which as a result of the final few paragraphs, has been noted by Esquire, Gawker, Britain's First Post and our local news.

As to Gonzo Way:

“The Gonzo Way: A Celebration of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson” written by his wife, Anita Thompson, is the grand prize winner of the 2008 London Book Festival.


The book, an intimate examination of the motivations and creative process of a man considered one of the great writers and journalists of the last century, reveals that the free-wheeling, drug-ingesting public caricature of Thompson hid a consuming work ethic, an insatiable quest for knowledge and, to be sure, a spiritual commitment to independent thought and action that will long endure.

The work, by Fulcrum Publishing, will be honored on December 18 in London as part of the 2008 London Book Festival awards.

Anita's TalkLeft posts are accessible here. She's busy studying for finals at Columbia and then will be off to London and back to Owl Farm. Again, congrats, Anita!

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    Wow! Congrats Anita! (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Fri Dec 12, 2008 at 01:11:47 PM EST
    I always thought I'd write a book, but I never have...

    I've attempted it... (none / 0) (#3)
    by kdog on Fri Dec 12, 2008 at 01:19:28 PM EST
    they ended up being short stories...short short stories...that sh*t is hard!

    Congrats...that's quite an honor.


    A good short story (none / 0) (#6)
    by Fabian on Fri Dec 12, 2008 at 01:44:13 PM EST
    is much harder than a novel.

    Nice (none / 0) (#2)
    by squeaky on Fri Dec 12, 2008 at 01:12:38 PM EST
    Congratulations to her and you, being her close friend and all..

    That's wonderful! (none / 0) (#9)
    by Maria Garcia on Fri Dec 12, 2008 at 02:32:13 PM EST
    My congratulations to her. I'm sure it means even more to her considering how close the subject is to her heart.

    Excellent news! (none / 0) (#10)
    by snstara on Fri Dec 12, 2008 at 05:15:15 PM EST

    Glad to hear this! (none / 0) (#11)
    by kempis on Sat Dec 13, 2008 at 09:26:50 AM EST
    Anita has been doing so much to tend to Hunter's legacy--and to build one of her own. Damned fine work.

    Thank You! (none / 0) (#12)
    by Anita Thompson on Sun Dec 14, 2008 at 01:48:22 PM EST
    Thanks guys for the kind words! I've been buried in books, writing final papers and exams. But I'll post from London. Lots of love to ya'll. Cheers! Anita