Upon learning that bestselling author Bernard Conners was releasing a second edition of his 2015 memoir “Cruising with Kate: A Parveneu in Xanadu” (British American Publishing) featuring a new striker from Pulitzer Prize winner William Kennedy, I wanted sit down with the two gentlemen – Conners, who turns 96 in September, and Kennedy, 94 – and talk about their friendship and their iconic lives in the world of literature and film.
Both men grew up in working-class families and lived extraordinary lives. Conners, owner of Canada Dry’s largest soft drink franchise, was a Golden Gloves boxing champion and college football star. He was briefly with the Chicago Bears. He became an FBI agent in the 1950s, a successful novelist, and the publisher of The Paris Review, one of the world’s leading literary magazines.
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