Book Launch: Griffin Dunne, THE FRIDAY AFTERNOON CLUB, in conversation with Scott Spencer

Event date: 
Saturday, June 15, 2024 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
Morton Memorial Library
82 Kelly Street
Rhinecliff, NY 12574


Author Scott Spencer will talk with actor, producer, and director Griffin Dunne about his memoir of growing up among larger-than-life characters in Hollywood and Manhattan.

Tickets: $32.50 - includes a hardcover copy of THE FRIDAY AFTERNOON CLUB. (A book signing will follow the presentation).

SOLD OUT - Waiting list is at capacity.

Griffin Dunne. Image by Brigitte LacombeThe Friday Afternoon Club by Griffin DunneScott Spencer

At eight, Sean Connery saved him from drowning. At thirteen, desperate to hook up with Janis Joplin, he attended his aunt Joan Didion and uncle John Gregory Dunne’s legendary LA launch party for Tom Wolfe’s The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. At sixteen, he got kicked out of boarding school, ending his institutional education for good. In his early twenties, he shared an apartment in Manhattan’s Hotel Des Artistes with his best friend and soulmate Carrie Fisher while she was filming some sci-fi movie called Star Wars and he was a struggling actor working as a popcorn concessionaire at Radio City Music Hall. A few years later, he produced and starred in the now-iconic film After Hours, directed by Martin Scorsese. In the midst of it all, Griffin’s twenty-two-year-old sister, Dominique, a rising star in Hollywood, was brutally strangled to death by her ex-boyfriend, leading to one of the most infamous public trials of the 1980s. The outcome was a travesty of justice that marked the beginning of their father Dominick Dunne’s career as a crime reporter for Vanity Fair and a victims' rights activist.

Griffin Dunne has been an actor, producer, and director since the late 1970s. Among his work, he produced and acted in After Hours; he directed Practical Magic and the documentary The Center Will Not Hold about his aunt, Joan Didion. His film and TV acting credits also include An American Werewolf in London, My Girl, This is Us, Billions, Dallas Buyers Club and many more.
Scott Spencer is the author of thirteen novels, including An Ocean Without a Shore, River Under the RoadEndless LoveWaking the DeadA Ship Made of Paper, and Willing. He has taught at Columbia University, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Williams College, the University of Virginia, and at Eastern Correctional Facility as part of the Bard Prison Initiative. He lives in upstate New York.