SEARSMONT — Author Eva Morris presents “Ode to Hunter S. Thompson” Sunday, April 24, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Threshers Brewery, 22 Main St. This sight and sound tribute to the literary powerhouse features a documentary and the reading of his last interview.

Thompson wrote for the New York Herald Tribune, National Observer, The Reporter, The Nation, Spyder (the voice of the free speech movement at Berkeley) and Playboy magazine. “The Rum Diary” was written first, but “Hells Angels” brought him to the attention of the New York Times Book Review in 1967. In 1969, Scanlon’s Monthly commissioned Thompson to write one of his most popular short stories: “The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved.” In 1971, Rolling Stone magazine published “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” in two issues. It was then published in book form by Simon & Schuster and was later adapted for film. Many other pieces followed. Thompson lived at Owls Farm, a fortified compound outside Aspen, Colo. He continued to publish essays and was a sports writer for

Morris is the author of a series of road trip adventures in a genre Thompson called “Fiction/Non-Fiction Reality.” After three self-published compilations, Grove Press Founder and Evergreen Review Editor-in-Chief Barney Rosset compiled a full anthology of Morris’ short stories in 2000’s “RoadBabe!” Her short stories were also compiled in a Simon & Schuster “Best of 2000” collection. She recently finished a novel, “Adventures of RoadBabe,” from which “Ode to Hunter S. Thompson” is excerpted.

In 2004, Thompson, liking what Morris had written over the previous five years, called her one evening at 3 a.m. He’d long subscribed to “Blond Updates from the Open Road” and now wanted to hire her to interview him, paying $2,000. A year later, this interview became his last when he committed suicide the following Feb. 2005.

Thompson was more than just the longtime author of books, articles and essays. He provoked decades of readers, influenced many generations of writers, led movements and created change. Thompson always was and still is much, much larger than life. Fans will enjoy this homage to his many contributions to our literary culture.

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