The Friends of the Seaside Library welcome a return visit with the author Christopher Sandford. 

He will discuss his new book, “McQueen: the Biography.”

Steve McQueen one of the first “cool” film stars remains a cultural icon the world over.  From the Cincinnati Kid to Frank Bullitt, Tom Crown to Papillon, his roles exemplified a certain school of male charm, as well as grit and a hint of menace. 

McQueen was born in 1930 to a poor midwestern family and was in and out of reform school at an early age.  He was eventually made a ward of the court and the resulting sense of abandonment never left him. 

His big break came with the TV saga, “Wanted: Dead or Alive” and the now cult classic B-movie “The Blob”.  Just two years later he was one of the leading lights of Tinseltown.  Sandford goes on to chart McQueen’s phenomenal Hollywood career, staring in some of the world’s most beloved films in tandem with his turbulent private life.  To research this book, Sandford spoke to a number of McQueen’s contemporaries and was able to unearth the man behind the myth.

Christopher Sandford is the author of nineteen books and has written for a variety of publications including the Times of London, The Daily Telegraph, Cosmopolitan, and Rolling Stone.  His biographies of Mick Jagger, Kurt Cobain and Sting have been best sellers.  Born in London, Sandford splits his time between Seattle and England.

The event will take place in the Community Room and there will be book sales and signings.


Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 7:00pm