Sam Barry (author)
January 26, 1957|
Armonk, New York
Samuel "Sam" Barry (born January 26, 1957) is an American author, columnist, publishing professional, and musician.
Barry is the editor of and contributor to the interactive e-book Hard Listening: The Greatest Rock Band Ever (of Authors) Tells All. He is also the author of the humor-inspiration book How to Play the Harmonica: and Other Life Lessons and co-authored the book Write That Book Already! The Tough Love You Need to Get Published Now with his late wife Kathi Kamen Goldmark. Barry and Goldmark wrote Author Enablers, a national column and blog for BookPage. He is the Marketing Director at Book Passage, and has previously worked for the San Francisco-based imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, HarperOne.
Barry is also a musician who is best known for his harmonica and piano playing. He has frequently appeared on the national radio show West Coast Live, and has been a guest on the Leonard Lopate Show, the Brian Copeland Show, and the FOX Strategy Room.
Early Life and Education
Barry was born in Armonk, New York as the fourth child of David and Marion Barry. His father was a Presbyterian minister and social activist who, as the Executive Director of the New York City Mission Society, worked to improve the lives of people in New York's inner-city. He has three siblings: Mary Katherine Barry, who was married to the actor Antonio Fargas, the humorist Dave Barry, and Phil Barry. Barry earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the State University of New York at Purchase in 1981 and a Master of Divinity from the San Francisco Theological Seminary in 1993.
Barry married his first wife, Patricia Hilliard, in 1986 and they had two children: Daniel, in 1989, and Laura, in 1993. Barry and Hilliard opened Alligator, a non-profit art gallery and performance space, in San Francisco’s Mission District in 1987. Barry served as a Presbyterian pastor in Boston and Omaha, Nebraska, where he was the solo pastor of Florence Presbyterian Church. In 2000 Barry left the ministry and moved back to San Francisco, where he joined the staff of HarperCollins. After divorcing Hilliard in 2003 he moved in with author Kathi Kamen Goldmark. The two were married in 2009 in a ceremony officiated by author Scott Turow.
Barry is a well-known musician in the San Francisco Bay Area. He also plays with the Rock Bottom Remainders, an all-author rock band founded by Goldmark in 1992. Other members include his brother Dave Barry, Scott Turow, Roy Blount Jr., James McBride, Matt Groening, Greg Iles, Stephen King, Amy Tan, Ridley Pearson and Mitch Albom.
- How to Play the Harmonica: and Other Life Lessons (Gibbs Smith Publisher, 2009)
- Write That Book Already! The Tough Love You Need to Get Published Now (Adams Media, May 2010), co-author Kathi Kamen Goldmark
- Hard Listening: The Greatest Rock Band Ever (of Authors) Tells All (Coliloquy, 2013), editor and co-author with Mitch Albom, Dave Barry, Roy Blount Jr., Matt Groening, Ted Habte-Gabr, Greg Iles, Stephen King, James McBride, Roger McGuinn, Ridley Pearson, Amy Tan & Scott Turow.
- "No one—repeat, NO ONE—is perfect, except Mary Poppins, and perfection is not the goal. Instead, it is the willingness to try that we should celebrate" (p. 28, How to Play the Harmonica: and Other Life Lessons).
- Garchik, Leah (May 3, 2013). "The Never-Ending Streetcar Track".
- Write, Ms. (March 23, 2013). "Inscribing Industry".
- Goodman, Cindy Krischer (November 11, 2009). "Authors juggle different duties: ECONOMIC PRESSURES IN THE PUBLISHING INDUSTRY PROMPT AUTHORS TO BE THEIR OWN MARKETING MUSCLE". The Miami Herald. Retrieved May 25, 2012.
- "Larson, Deanna. "Harmonic Life Lessons." Rev. of How To Play Harmonica. BookPage. Aug. 2009. Web.".
- Green, Lynn (May 24, 2012). "Kathi Kamen Goldmark". BookPage. Retrieved May 25, 2012.
- "Garchik, Leah. "Ladies, Here's a Bit of Man Talk." San Francisco Chronicle 22 June 2010. Web.". The San Francisco Chronicle. August 8, 2010.
- "Hellstern, Melissa. "20 Questions with Author and Rock Bottom Remainder Sam Barry." Oprah Winfrey's Official Website. 21 April 2010. Web.".
- Barry, Sam (January 13, 2012). "The Weight". kathiandsam.net. Retrieved May 26, 2012.
- McGrath, Charles (June 4, 2007). "Rock On, but Hang on to Your Literary Gigs". The New York Times. Retrieved May 25, 2012.
- Gibbs, Hope Katz (December 3, 2012). "Inkandescent Radio Show Gets Honest With Author and Funny Man Sam Barry".