“I Left it on the Mountain: A Memoir” book signing with Kevin Sessums
The Sacramento Press Club held a book signing and no-host happy hour event with author Kevin Sessums for his new memoir “I Left It on the Mountain” on April 20, 2015.
Kevin, a former celebrity reporter for Vanity Fair who now lives in San Francisco, is the current Editor-in-Chief of FourTwoNine magazine. His work has appeared in Elle, Travel + Leisure, Playboy, Out, and Show People. To learn more, read this book review by the San Francisco Chronicle and this New York Times profile piece on Kevin from last summer.
“I LEFT IT ON THE MOUNTAIN: A MEMOIR”
A Memoir by Kevin Sessums
In his bestselling, critically praised memoir Mississippi Sissy, former Vanity Fair contributing editor Kevin Sessums took readers into his childhood in the Deep South, delving into the pain of losing both parents by age 9; the joy of idolizing Arlene Francis; befriending Eudora Welty, and later, testifying at the sensational murder trial of his close friend and mentor, Frank Haines. Following those years, I Left It on the Mountain, Sessums’ new memoir, is an eye-opening portrait of his journey into New York society and celebrity journalism, through the spiritual crucibles of climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro and walking the Camino de Santiago, to the depths of addiction and back again.
With great candor and elegant prose, Sessums shares exquisitely observed experiences of his life since leaving Mississippi. He chronicles interviewing Hugh Jackman, Diane Sawyer, Daniel Radcliffe, Michael J. Fox, and his muses—Madonna, Courtney Love, Jessica Lange, among others. He recalls casually chatting with Andy Warhol as a writer at the just-launched Interview Magazine, and later writing for Vanity Fair under both Tina Brown and Graydon Carter.
Traveling around the world, Sessums describes divine encounters—one with a crucifix that appeared to come alive in an ancient church on the Camino, and one with the Hindu god Ganesh, appearing reflected in the window of a New York shop. Finally, after an all-night binge, he admits that he is an addict, and is determined to reinvent himself.
“I Left It on the Mountain” is more than a poetic rendering of Sessums’ life, explorations and experiences. Rather, it is a weaving together of images, moments and memories, synthesizing a deeply moving narrative of his passage from a New York newcomer to the heights of celebrity society, down into addiction and, ultimately, reclaiming his life.