May 29, 2015
night Peter did a reading from his new book at
Readers Books in Sonoma. The night before he
appeared at a sold-out event at the Smith Rafael Film
Center in San Rafael. The evening included film
clips of his career, a reading from his book, "The
Rainman's Third Cure", and a Q&A. Peter called it "a
great and lively night" with over 1,000 attending.
Tuesday, May 26th, Litquake's Epicenter hosted an event
called "Peter Coyote in Conversation with Phil
Bronstein". The description read "Lipquake is proud
to present the San Francisco launch of Peter Coyote's
latest release, 'The Rainman's Third Cure: An Irregular
Education'. This spiritual biography explores the
competing forces of the transcendental, inclusive, and
ecstatic world of love and the competitive,
status-seeking world of wealth and power. Coyote will be
in conversation with Phil Bronstein, a journalist,
editor, and executive chair of the board for the Center
for Investigative Reporting. Audience Q&A, and book
sales and signing to follow. Co-presented by Green Apple
those of you who have yet to purchase Peter's book but
would like to read a brief passage, you should visit
link at Tricyle.com.
May 2015 issue of Shambhala Sun is now available
and among its features this month is Peter's thoughtful
and lyrical relection upon his life in Zen.
an interesting May 7th article written in Beyond
Chron by Suzanne Gordon that gives an overview on
both of Peter's memoirs. She writes, "What these two books highlight is that spirituality and political commitment are not
mutually exclusive choices. What Coyote’s life story teaches us is
that making peace with one’s inner demons can even lead to a deeper
and richer engagement with efforts to change the world."
Read the full article at this link.
April 23rd Peter was a guest on The Leonard Lopate
Show on WNYC Radio. He discussed his
on-screen career and some of the memorable experiences
and mentors that informed his career, as well as his
spiritual practice. He also talked about a few of the
things he likes to read, watch and listen to in his
Q: What have you read or seen over the past year (book,
play, film, etc...) that moved or surprised you?
PC: Tony Judt's essays, H is for Hawk by Helen
McDonald. For films, Timbuktu, Leviathan, Tangerine,
Ida, Birdman and Boyhood.
Q: What are you listening to right now?
PC: Rachael Price – from Lake Street Drive, The Woods
Brothers, Fatoumata Diawara, James McMurtry, and always
jazz (be-bop) and Dylan.
Q: What’s the last great book you read?
PC: Great? Anna Karenina. Should be great?
Light Years by James Salter and A Story as Sharp
as a Knife by Robert Bringhurst.
Q: What’s one thing you’re a fan of that people might
PC: Country music, welding and my 1952 Dodge Power
Q: What’s your favorite comfort food?
PC: Bachelor rice and chopped chicken fried up watching
Justified or Newroom or Episodes of Veep
or House of Lies on TV.
Well Read TV show, hosted by Terry Tazioli and Mary
Ann Gwinn, invited Peter to be their guest when he was
in town last month. You can access the interview video
at this link.
May 3, 2015
McIlroy Family Visiting Professorship in the Performing
and Visual Arts sponsored Peter Coyote over the past
week to have him teach classes at the University of
Arkansas. Established in 2006, the professorship
invites professionals in certain areas to teach and
mentor students. Peter shared, "To be kind of given an
endowed chair at a respectable university in the
William Fulbright College, who was one of my
political heroes, was very moving to me."
He has already taught classes that have to do with
nonviolence, Buddhism, urban politics and performance
studies. He gave students tips on finding an agent,
taking auditions and resisting intimidation with the
people they may come across.
"I told students about a friend of mine who has a
technique of having all of his students wear a piece of
hard candy in their underwear just so they have a
secret," Peter said. "That way they’re not too worried
about what the guy on the other side of the table is
thinking about them."
As he teaches classes, he tries to use his Buddhist
practices to bring wisdom and insight to any issue he
talks about with students. In addition, he said, "I try
to be as loose and as loopy as I really am because I
want young people to understand that it’s not only okay,
but it’s critical to be who you really are."
Updated 5/18/15 - A letter from Dean Todd
Shields of Fulbright College:
Peter Coyote visited Fulbright
College in April through the generosity of Hayden
and Mary Joe McIlroy and the coordination of a core
group of alumni and friends. This acclaimed author,
actor, and keen observer of political and social
conditions was on our campus for a full week giving
wide-ranging lectures on Buddhism and nonviolence,
urban politics and social engagement, story telling,
documentary production, acting, and survival in a
creative environment. We rarely have a single guest
who has experience with such a wide array of
One of our priorities in Fulbright College is to
share ideas, new concepts, and acclaimed thinkers
with the public. Given Mr. Coyote's breadth of
knowledge and generosity with his time, we were able
to bring together students, alumni, the community,
and others during this amazing week.
Of course, we also like to show
off our community when friends come to visit. In
addition to his time at the University, he also
spoke with drama students at Fayetteville High
School, toured TheatreSquared and Crystal Bridges
Museum of American Art, cooked with the owners of
The Farmer's Table, led a three-hour writing
workshop at the Fayetteville Public Library, and
gave interviews to the Pryor Center for Arkansas
Oral and Visual History and KUAF's Ozarks At Large.
During some public remarks, he commented that he was
moved to have had this opportunity to serve as a
McIlroy Family Visiting Professor in the Performing
and Visual Arts. He mentioned his affinity for
Senator Fulbright - one of his political heroes -
and the respect he had gained for the University.
Visits like this are essential for our students.
Exposure to new, and sometimes famous, guest
scholars opens their minds to new possibilities,
allows them to see how their classroom experience
will apply to their lives and careers, and inspires
their intellectual growth.
We are fortunate to have partners like the
Fayetteville Public Library and donors like the
McIlroys who made Mr. Coyote's visit possible. We
look forward to bringing you updates on other campus
visitors. In the mean time, I encourage you to
Peter Coyote's KUAF interview.
May 1, 2015
Hollywood Reporter invited Peter to chat with them
about his new book via their "Off the Cuff" podcast.
Jessie Katz writes:
In Rainman, Coyote takes
us way back to the beginning, starting with a
turbulent childhood that left him searching for
mentors (and lovers) wherever he could find them.
From the Jewish immigrant world of Manhattan to
student protests in Washington D.C., from communal
living in Haight-Ashbury to the Paris apartment of
Roman Polanski, Coyote's life often reads like
fiction. But the reality is that he only barely
survived it - especially the twelve years he spent
"Last February was the first time in 45 years I've
been free of Hepatitis C," he says with much relief.
"It took me quite a while to put myself back
Check out the full interview
at this link.
students at Fayetteville (AR) high school enjoyed
a visit from Peter this past Tuesday. He will also be a
special guest for the Author Series tonight at the
Fayetteville Public Library and tomorrow the library
will host a free "Art of the Memoir: Writing Workshop
with Peter Coyote" at 9 a.m. Here are some photos taken
on April 28th.
can access Peter's talk via
youtube.com at the Strand bookstore in NYC on
are another couple photos taken on April 20th in
Portland with Helen Raptis on the AM Northwest show.
on the same day Peter did a signing at Powell's City
April 23, 2015
are two new video interviews as Peter continues on his
book tour. The first photo link will take you to
Seattle's New Day Northwest show. The second one is a
You can also access an
published today by the Pacific Sun.
April 16, 2015
are two new interviews with Peter related to his book,
THE RAINMAN'S THIRD CURE.
The first one is from
called "Peter Coyote
talks about his spiritual path from the Sixties to
'E.T.' and Zen Buddhism" and the second one is from
Marin Independent Journal
called "Actor Peter Coyote’s second memoir honors the
mentors who helped shape him". Enjoy! The photo below
was taken in his apartment but I believe he has now
purchased a new home.
a link to a
youtube video of Peter as he joins Carl Dix,
Cornel West, Eve Ensler, Cindy Sheehan, Alice Walker,
Arturo O'Farrill and the families of nearly thirty
police murder victims in calling for the April 14, 2015
nation-wide mobilizations to STOP MURDER BY POLICE.
April 12, 2015
Raskin of the San Francisco Chronicle has written a
notable review of Peter's new book. You can
read it here. I particularly liked this
paragraph - "Perhaps best known as the narrator of many
documentaries, among them Ken Burns' The Roosevelts,
Coyote has emerged, over the past few decades, as the
unofficial yet authentic voice of America. His own
personal voice echoes across every page of his memoir.
It also speaks for the lost, the lonely, the doomed and
the redeemed. Why Coyote says nothing about his work
with Burns isn’t clear; perhaps he’s saving it for
another book, or doesn’t think it’s essential."
Here are a couple photos taken this week of Peter at City Lights
Books in SF.
In the second photo he poses with his daughter and
granddaughter, who were visiting from Utah.
April 5, 2015
will guest star in Friday night's episode of "Blue
Bloods" on CBS. He will play Senator Ted McCreary,
who asks his longtime friend, Frank Reagan (played by
Tom Selleck), to help make a DUI go away, leaving Frank
facing a moral dilemma.
D'Angelo's new film NO DEPOSIT will have its
world premiere April 24th in New York City's Greenwich
Village at the Quad Cinema, 34 West 13th St.,
(www.quadcinema.com) during an exclusive one week
engagement. The 14 track album soundtrack for the movie
launches on iTunes April 28th.