StoryTime at the Cactus Cafe: August
Local speaker, writer and author Spike Gillespie and journalist and political consultant Bob Mann opened up the August 1 StoryTime at the Cactus Cafe. Check out the videos below!
Open Mic portion of the evening. Some stories may contain strong language.
audio contains strong language
Spike Gillespie is the critically acclaimed author of six books and countless magazine articles. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Real Simple, GQ, Esquire, Elle, Smithsonian, National Geographic Traveler, Interweave KNITS, The Christian Science Monitor, Texas Monthly, The Dallas Morning News, and other publications.
In 2006, Austin Chronicle readers voted her Best Author in Austin.
Spike also provides commentary for Austin’s NPR affiliate, KUT. And she is the President of the Office of Good Deeds, an informal group of Austinites who enjoy performing good deeds for those in need.
She lives in Austin with her partner, Ori, four hyper dogs, and one very loud cat.
Bob Mann is a longtime journalism professor, teaching in recent years at both Texas State University and The University of Texas at Austin. He started his career as a newspaper reporter and editor, working for Texas daily newspapers in both Fort Worth and Dallas.
In time, he went to Washington, D.C. with then Congressman Robert Krueger and served three years in the Carter Administration and three days in the Reagan Administration.
Mann has always sought out the influence and company of heroic men and women; the most significant being the late United States Senator Edward M. Kennedy. Bob was press secretary, speech writer and spokesman for the Senator in the1980s. His story for the evening will be on the “heroes that have impacted his life.”