Katherine Ogden Michaels in conversation with Joe DiPrisco for the book launch of "Strong Ties: Barclay Simpson and the Pursuit of the Common Good in Business and Philanthropy"

Event date: 

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

276 Village Square
Orinda, CA 94563-2504

Join us for a celebration of Barclay Simpson, featuring

Katharine Ogden Michaels

author of the new book

Strong Ties: Barclay Simpson and the Pursuit of the Common Good in Business and Philanthropy

in conversation with Joe DiPrisco

An in-depth look at the life of Oakland, California native, Barclay Simpson, Strong Ties focuses on the set of convictions and leadership qualities that allowed Simpson to build a successful business from nothing and to become one of the major philanthropists in the San Francisco Bay Area. A Navy pilot during World War II, he didn't graduate from college until over 20 years after he dropped out of UC Berkeley in 1946 to help save his father's Emeryville-based window screens business from bankruptcy. Largely self-taught, he went on in 1956 to found Simpson Manufacturing Co, Inc., which he grew from a small, artisan business that fabricated metal connectors into a world-wide, publicly-traded company, known throughout the construction industry as a manufacturer of over 4000 distinct, highly engineered products for tying one structural element to another in residential and commercial projects.

Katharine Ogden Michaels is the lead writer of The Gambler, a 1997 dramatic film written in collaboration with famed Director Karoly Makk, that won awards at the Brussels, Emden, and Festroia-Troia International Film Festivals. From 2012 to the present she has regularly published essays in the Literary Quarterly and The Threepenny Review. She is the co-author of Rembrandt, a Catalogue for a 1989 show of original prints by the artist at the Barclay Simpson Art Gallery in Lafayette, CA. Literary Executor and Editor for the work of award-winning writer Leonard Michaels, she published selected fiction and non-fiction collections of his work in 2007 and 2009. Katharine Michaels is currently working on a fictional memoir called The Fourth Wife. She splits her time between Berkeley, CA and Umbria, Italy. 

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Strong Ties: Barclay Simpson and the Pursuit of the Common Good in Business and Philanthropy By Katharine Ogden Michaels, Judith K. Adamson (With) Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781644282175
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Rare Bird Books - May 17th, 2022