Date(s) - 10/19/2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bill Mayberry, a familiar figure in his native Bethlehem, is the author of the new memoir Fast Women & Slow Horses, a wildly colorful, crazily compelling account of his lives as a race-horse owner, restaurateur, barbecue mogul and bartender/partner at one of the first hot singles bars in ’60s swinging New York City. He’ll be signing copies of his book and telling tales from it at 7 p.m. on October 19th in the library’s Cohen Room with co-author Geoff Gehman, a former arts writer for The Morning Call and one of the library’s biggest fans.
Bill spins yarns about being the adopted son of a Bethlehem Steel sales executive who was Steel chief Eugene Grace’s No. 1 golf partner; getting kicked out of prep schools for various misdeeds; learning to love cooking in the Navy; mastering the mixing of drinks and people, including corrupt cops and chimney sweeps; transforming Bethlehem’s Victorian railroad station into the Lehigh Street Depot, a popular prime-rib house; selling BBQ at Musikfest, the Celtic Classic and the Kentucky Derby with partner Barry Frey, former owner of the Wine Cellar in Bethlehem; rooming with the son of a deposed Cuban dictator; nightclubbing with Natalie Wood; golfing with Rose Kennedy, and finding sobriety thanks to an Alcoholics Anonymous motivational “angel” who survived horrors he couldn’t imagine. Bill and Geoff met while working out at the Bethlehem branch of the Greater Valley YMCA. They were also born, 19 years apart, at the same hospital in Manhattan.
Registration is required. Social distancing protocols will be in place, including a face-mask requirement for all attendees.