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Hilary Holladay presents Herbert Hunke at Bull's Head Bookshop in Chapel Hill, NC

Hilary Holladay presents Herbert Hunke at Bull's Head Bookshop in Chapel Hill, NC

Bull's Head Bookshop | 207 South Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Muse and mentor to Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, and Jack Kerouac—who said of him, “Huncke is the greatest storyteller I know, an absolute genius at it”— Herbert Huncke steps out of the shadow of his more famous peers in this absorbing and tender biography by Hilary Holladay. In this richly-layered portrait, the unsung bard of the streets emerges in all his tattered glory: his painful childhood and adolescent rebellion; run-ins with the law; adventures at sea and riding the rails; and later life in his beloved New York City where he became a legendary denizen and guide to the new bohemians eager to learn from the wily master.