Conversation with Steven Gaines

October 4, 2017

6:00pm - 7:00pm

Milken Institute
1250 Fourth Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401


About the Event

At this Milken Institute Forum, Gaines will discuss his latest book, One of These Things First (Delphinium Books; September 5, 2017) followed by a Q&A session and book signing. Introducing Gaines will be Lori Milken, co-founder of Delphinium Books.

Gaines' memoir follows his trajectory from a 15-year-old Jewish boy in 1960's Brooklyn in his grandparent's bra and girdle store to, after a failed suicide attempt, a private room in one of the most exclusive psychiatric hospitals in the world. Here he meets a brilliant young psychiatrist who promises to cure him of his homosexuality and provide him with the normalcy he longs for. At the hospital he also meets a Broadway producer, the husband of superstar Mary Martin, who opens a new world for him, an editor who claims she was President John F. Kennedy's lover and other eccentric, wealthy neurotics, who make him feel like "Eliza Doolittle at the psycho country club."


Steven Gaines


Steven Gaines is the bestselling author of Philistines at the Hedgerow: Passion and Property in the HamptonsThe Sky's the Limit: Passion and Property in ManhattanThe Love You Make: An Insider's Story of the Beatles; and Simply Halston, the biography of the fashion design, among other books. His journalism has appeared in Vanity Fair, the New York Observer, the New York Times and New York magazine where he was a contributing editor for 12 years. 

The co-founder and past vice-chairman of the Hamptons International Film Festival, Gaines has lived on the east end of Long Island for more than 40 years.