Speaking, Appearances, Book Signings and Events

Book Releases, Speaking Engagements, and  Book Awards and Events

Mack Borgen

Dead Serious and Lighthearted and The Relevance of Reason Series and Mack W. Borgen – Articles, Events, and Awards.

The author welcomes opportunities to meet and speak with groups, associations, corporate, economic, or political organizations and with educational, charitable, civic, service, or non-profit organizations. In addition, the author is available for panelist participations and book signings.

In all instances the author will try accommodate your group’s timing, format, budget, and schedule, and he will address his subjects without political bias and with a certain lightness and even humor. Please contact J. Schmitt, Schmitt & Brody Publishers at SchmittBrodyPublishers@gmail.com or the author directly at mwborgen@live.com in order to arrange or schedule a book signing or other event.

Detailed information is set forth below about arranging speaking appearances for Mack W. Borgen (Contact and Book Information, Speaking Topics, Borgen’s Background and Resume). 

Mack Borgen's book series

(Note: The following list is included merely as a sampling of such articles, events, book signings, awards, and major marketing events.

Book Releases, Speaking Engagements, Book Signings, Book Awards, and Other Book-Related Events.

January 14, 2019 – Volume III Publication Release Date (Amazon, IngramSpark, Schmitt & Brody Publishers, etc.) Dead Serious and Lighthearted – The Memorable Words of Modern America – Volume III (1994-2015) (624 pp).

November 28, 2018 – New Article (Blog 87) – “Saving State Street (and Main Street) – The Stores Have To Be Open and The Lights Have To Be On” – By Mack W. Borgen

November 14, 2018 – New Article (Blog 86) – “6,000 Pounds of Turkey – The Band’s “Last Waltz” – By Mack W. Borgen

November 10, 2018 – Annual Distribution of Portion of Book Sales Proceeds to Selected Charities (The Steppingstone Foundation (Boston, MA); First Book (Washington, DC); Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA); and Shoes That Fit (Claremont, CA). For explanation, information, and description of these charitable organizations, please see Website Page entitled “Charitable Donations.”

November 8, 2018 (Thursday, 12:00 (Noon) – 1:00PM) – Book Presentation and Speech at History Forum (Montecito and Santa Barbara) – Volumes I and II of Dead Serious and Lighthearted.

November 8, 2018 – Announcement (Blog 85) – “Third Round of Charitable Contributions from the Sales of My Books” – By Mack W. Borgen

October 26, 2018 – Kirkus Review’s Pro Connect.  Borgen joins Kirkus Review’s Pro Connect program for meeting and coordination with literary agents, publishers, speaker bureaus, and event organizers.

October 24, 2018 – New Article (Blog 84) – “Enjoy – The Best Song Lyrics of Modern America – Part 2” – By Mack W. Borgen

October 9, 2018 – New Article (Blog 83) – “Enjoy – The Best Song Lyrics of Modern America – Part 1” – By Mack W. Borgen

October 2, 2018 – Announcement (Blog 82) – FOUR Great Reviews – Including Renowned Kirkus Reviews – By Mack W. Borgen

September 19, 2018 (4:15PM (PT) – Radio Show with Cynthia Brian’s Lifestyle Radio Program.

September 15, 2018 – Powerful Book Review of Volume I selected and included in Kirkus Reviews (September 15, 2018) issue. For excerpts of the Kirkus Review see July 27, 2018 below.

September 4, 2018 (12:00 (Noon) PT) – Radio Show with Cynthia Brian’s StarStyle Show 

August 17, 2018 (Friday 10:00AM) – One-Hour Radio Show with Dr. Elizabeth Stewart about the release of my second volume, Dead Serious and Lighthearted – The Memorable Words of Modern America – Volume II (1977-1993). KZSB AM 1290.

August 16, 2018 (Thursday, 7:00PM-8:30PM) – Author Book Launch and Book Signing (All Welcome) at Chaucer’s Bookstore in Santa Barbara, California (3221 State Street).

August 13, 2018. Volume II Publication Release Date (Amazon, IngramSpark, Schmitt & Brody Publishers, etc.) of Dead Serious and Lighthearted – The Memorable Words of Modern America – Volume II (1977-1993) (424 pp).

August, 2018. “Teaches the history of Modern America … in a captivating way” (with) a keenly selected and presented collection of various spoken and written words.” Readers’ Favorite Book Review.  Receives rating of 4.8 out of 5!!

July 27, 2018. Receipt of Powerful Review by Nationally-renowned Kirkus Reviews (New York, New York and Austin, Texas). The review describes the concept of Dead Serious and Lighthearted‘s presentation of the history of Modern America as a “herculean task” and a “gargantuan project” and notes that Borgen “follows each of the entries with a concise explanation of ‘context, meaning, and impact” … (with) “a depth that goes far beyond simple nostalgia ….” “(P)acked with cultural highlights and pivotal moments from a wide array of sources.”

July 26, 2018. Borgen’s Amazon Promotion Sold Out in 47 Seconds. Attesting to the power of Amazon and, hopefully as well, the public’s great reception of Volume I of Dead Serious and Lighthearted, the author’s first Amazon promotion is sold out in a mere 47 seconds.

July 25, 2018. Speech at the Santa Barbara Kiwanis Luncheon about the release of Volume II of Dead Serious and Lighthearted which volume presents the historical events of Modern America during the years 1977-1993.

July 20, 2018. Dead Serious and Lighthearted – Volume I receives a Four-Star Review from Clarion Reviews – An “expansive,” “exhaustive,” and “eye-opening collection” of America’s “Memorable Words.” Part I of the book about “the importance of studying American history beyond what is taught in the classroom … would make an inspiring introduction to a university-level course.”

June 15, 2018 – New York Book Festival – Volume I of Dead Serious and Lighthearted is selected as Honorable Mention for Best Book of the Year (General Nonfiction Category).

June 1, 2018. (Friday, 10:00AM) One-Hour Radio Show with Dr. Elizabeth Stewart about my book Dead Serious and Lighthearted – Volume I. KZSB AM 1290. 

May 26, 2018 (Saturday, 3:00PM-4:00PM) – Author Book Signing Party (All Welcome) at Tecolote Bookstore in Montecito, California (1470 East Valley Road (Hwy 192) – Nearest Cross-Street: San Ysidro Road). Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments.

May 21, 2018 – “Opening this book feels like unlocking a time capsule …To those who lived through the 60s and 70s, these glimpses are magnetic, … (f)or Generation X and Millenniums, this may be your first time hearing this information….” Excerpted from Featured Review of US Review of Books released this date.  Volume I received US Review of Books‘ highest “Recommended” rating.   

May 20, 2018 – Best Book of the Year (General Non-fiction Category) (First Runner-Up) – 2018 San Francisco Book Festival. The announcement of this award for Volume I of Dead Serious and Lighthearted was announced on this date.

May 2, 2018 – Tecolote Bookstore, Montecito, CA. Dead Serious and Lighthearted – Volume I (19547-1976) is now available for purchase at Tecolote’s Bookstore in Montecito, CA.

April 26, 2018 – 2018 Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Contest. Dead Serious and Lighthearted – Volume I is entered in both the General Nonfiction and History categories of the Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Contest.

April 26, 2018 – Chaucer’s Bookstore, Santa Barbara, CA. Both hardback and paperback editions of Dead Serious and Lighthearted – Volume I are now available for purchase at Chaucer’;s Bookstore.

April 25, 2018 – San Francisco Book Festival. Dead Serious and Lighthearted – Volume I is entered in both the General Nonfiction and History categories of the San Francisco Book Festival.

April 24, 2018 – New York Book Festival. Dead Serious and Lighthearted – Volume I is entered in the New York Book Festival Contest.

April 23, 2018 – Author Joins Goodreads Author Program and adds Author Profile to Goodreads’ website at goodreads.com.

April 20, 2018 – The US Review of Books. Volume I of Dead Serious and Lighthearted – The Memorable Words of Modern America submitted to The US Review of Books, Titusville, NJ.

April 19, 2018 – A Case for the Elimination of Income Taxation. New article written by Mack W. Borgen posted as Blog No. 76 on this website at Blogs.

April 18, 2018 – IBPA’s Bookstore Catalog (Summer Edition). Vol I of Dead Serious and Lighthearted – The Memorable Words of Modern America scheduled for inclusion in IBPA’s Bookstore Catalog which will be released on May 31, 2018.

April 12-19, 2018 – Santa Barbara Independent. Dead Serious and Lighthearted – The Memorable Words of Modern America – Volume I (1957-1976) is advertised for the first time in Santa Barbara Independent.

April 10, 2018 – Media Kit Now Available. A Media Kit for Mack W. Borgen and his new three-volume book series, Dead Serious and Lighthearted is as of this date made available on this website (www.mackwborgen.com) at the Media Kit tab.

April, 6, 2018 – Top 3% Ranking of All Books on Amazon. Within ten days of the date of initial release,  Dead Serious and Lighthearted – Volume I (1957-1976) achieves a Top 3% ranking of all books sold on Amazon.

April 4, 2018 – Independent Book Publishers Association (the “IBPA”) and Media Outreach. Author, Mack W. Borgen, joins the IBPA and become a participant in the IBPA’s Media Outreach Program.

March 27, 2018 – Volume I Publication Release of Dead Serious and Lighthearted – Volume I (1957-1976). Volume I released and made available for the first time for public ordering of both hardback and paperback editions on both Amazon and IngramSpark.

March 8, 2018 – Announcement of Special 40% Offer for All Direct-from-Publisher Book Orders. The 40% Off Special Offer expires April 30, 2018 and the 40% Off Special Offer can be seen on this website (www.mackwborgen.com) at the Book Ordering tab.

Book Awards

New York Book Festival (2018) Dead Serious and Lighthearted (Volume I) – Honorable Mention for Best Book of the Year (General Nonfiction Category) 

San Francisco Book Festival (2018) Dead Serious and Lighthearted (Volume I) – First Runner-Up – Best Book of the Year (General Nonfiction Category) 

ForeWord Review Magazine Book Contest (2014) – The Relevance of Reason (Volume II) (Society and Culture) – Bronze Award (3rd Place) in Popular Culture Category. 

ForeWord Review Magazine Book Contest (2014) – The Relevance of Reason (Volume I) (Business and Politics) – Award Finalist – Political Science Category.

Los Angeles Book Festival (2014) The Relevance of Reason (Volume I) (Business and Politics) – First Runner-Up – Best Business Book of the Year

Eric Hofer National Book Contest The Relevance of Reason (Volume II) (Society and Culture) – Award Finalist (2014)

Public Speaking Appearances by Mack W. Borgen 

Attorney, Historian, Speaker, and National Award-Winning Author

I.      General Introductory Comments;

II.    Contact and Booking Information;

III.  Speaking Topics — A Sampling of 25 Alternative Titles and Topics;

IV.  Background and Resume of Mack W. Borgen; and

V.    Brief Description of Books and Sampling of Book Reviews and Book Awards 

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I . General Introductory Comments.

Consideration of All Speaking Invitations and Participation in Panels — Academic, Corporate, Economic, Political, Educational Meetings; Charitable, Civic, Service Organizations and Events. Mack W. Borgen welcomes all invitations to meet with and speak to all academic, corporate, economic, or political organizations and with educational, charitable, civic, service, or non-profit organizations, assemblies, meetings, or conferences. He also welcomes the opportunity to participate in all radio and television programming; university-level programs or courses; corporate or law-firm retreats; business and trade association gathering or meetings; and topic-focused conferences, workshops or other events including sponsored panel or group discussions. A detailed Resume of Mack W. Borgen is set forth below at Section IV.

Tailoring of Speeches in Length and to Your Audience or Subject(s) of Interest; No Minimum Audience Requirement; Question-and-Answer Format Welcomed. To the fullest extent possible, all speeches will be tailored to your designated time allotment and to your specific audience or subject(s) of interest. Unlike many speakers, Borgen does not mandate a minimum audience requirement, and he will be honored to carefully consider all invitations to speak. Lastly, unless requested otherwise by the event host, Lastly, Borgen welcomes — and normally tries to incorporate — a question-and-answer period as a part of each speech.   

Positive and Apolitical Speeches Only – Infusion of Humor, Lightness and Respect. The speeches of Mack W. Borgen are and will remain positive, will be presented without political bias, and with an infusion of humor and lightness. Mack W. Borgen further tries to assure a balanced presentation of all reasonable and responsible positions with respect to the subject(s) addressed.

II.   Contact and Booking Information; Speaking Fees and Special Discounts For All Student and Academic Organizations and All Charitable and Nonprofit Organizations. 

Please contact Schmitt & Brody Publishers at SchmittBrodyPublishers@gmail.com — Or — Contact Mack W. Borgen directly at 805-450-2602 or via email at mwborgen@live.com.

Lastly, please know that Mack W. Borgen recognizes that it is an honor to address you group, assembly or event, and he will make every effort to tailor his speaking fees to your organization’s budget and allowance. He is pleased to offer substantial discounts for all student organizations and all charitable and nonprofit organizations.

III. Sampling of Alternative Speech Titles and Topics.

In addition to any desired presentation about Mack W. Borgen’s national award-winning book series (The Relevance of Reason – The Hard Facts and Real Data about the State of Current America (Volumes I and II) and Dead Serious and Lighthearted – The Memorable Words of Modern America (Volumes I, II, and III), a sampling of 25 alternative speech titles and topics is set forth below for consideration by you or your organization’s planning group. As noted above, in all instances the speeches will be lighthearted and apolitical, and the speaker will try diligently carefully tailor each address to your specific audience or subject(s) of interest.

Humor (Speeches about the many wonderful, sometimes contradictory, and gloriously humorous and touching aspects of American life).

No. 1 The Glimpsing of America – 9,506 Miles across America – And Back
No. 2. The Graduation Speech (I Wish I Had Given)
No. 3. The Trouble with Trouble … Is That It Always Starts Off as Fun

Americana – Our Commerce, Culture and Community (Thoughtful, intriguing and respectful speeches about various aspects of our inter-connected American life — its people and communities; its economy and condition, and its politics and governance).

 Facts, Data, Curiosities, and Absurdities of American Life
No. 4. Coloring Within the Lines – But Not Connecting the Dots – The Weirdest Absurdities of Our American Life
No. 5. For the First Time in Our History – Four Generations at Once
Optimism, Patriotism, Confidence, and the Dream of American Life
No. 6. No Dog in the Fight – 10 Categories of Things We Must Do
No. 7. Playing the Long Game – In Business and For America
No. 8. Staring Down the Face of Crazy
No. 9. The 11 Things They Don’t Teach You in School
The American Community
No. 10. Even If We Don’t Know Their Names – The Changing Nature of the American Communities
No. 11. Winter Money and Trucks Dogs– What Many of the Rich Just Don’t Get
The American Condition
No. 12. Grading on the Curve – The True State of America –
No. 13. It Reads Better Than It Lives – Facts about the American Condition
No. 14. Like Little Gold Nuggets Among Like-Minded Friends The Rise of Public Cynicism and the Diminishment of Reason
No. 15.  The Taxation of Wealth – A Case for a Shift from the Taxation of Income  History
No. 16.   The Quiet Medicine of History — The Subtle, Forgotten or Ignored Purposes of History
 No. 17.  If You Really Want to Know America – The Memorable Words of Modern America 
 No. 18.   (Too Often) Poorly Taught and Rarely Learned – The Demanding Relevance of History
 No. 19.   No “Ologies” or “Isms” – Enjoying America’s History through a Look at Its Own Words.
No. 20.   For the First Time Ever – Four Distinct Generations Sharing Our Nation

 Law, Ethics, and Legal Matters (Challenging speeches from the perspective of the author/attorney about the nature and state of U.S. law, jurisprudence and ethics and, upon request, about select legal matters).

No. 21. Money Can Be Paid – But Time Must Be Served – The Misuse of “Deferred Prosecution Agreements”
No. 22. The Hardest Money You’ll Ever Earn”– The Frequent Inadvisability of Using the Litigation Process for the Resolution of Business Disputes

Media, Perspective and Context (Speeches about the unique and challenging nature of the media and the mechanisms for the dispersal of accurate (and meaningful) information in our still-revolutionary Ages of Information and Technology)

No. 23. Missing Cronkite Who to Trust and Who to Believe 
No. 24. From Dutch Harbor to Key West – The “Reasonableness” of Differing Perspective
No. 25.   Like Hamsters in a Wheel – The Impact of Big Data upon Our Capacities for New Information

IV. Background and Resume Of Mack W. Borgen

  Personal Background:
        Profession:     Author, Attorney, Historian, and Speaker
      Education:  University of California at Berkeley, California –  B.A. 1969 (Distinction in General Scholarship; Honors with Distinction in Economics); Commencement Graduation Speaker, Class of 1969
                           Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts (Author and Member, Harvard Journal on Legislation; Choate Society)  J.D. Degree, 1972
      Author:     Dead Serious and Lighthearted – The Memorable Word of Modern America (1957-2015) (3 Volumes) (2018-2019)
                          The Relevance of Reason – The Hard Facts and Real Data about the State of Current America  – Volume I – Business and Economics (2013) (408 pp); Volume II – Society and Culture (2013) (438 pp)
    Multiple National Books Awards (See above)
    Forthcoming Books (Working Titles):
                   May the Bridges I Burn Light the Way – A Lifetime of Writings on the American Condition;
                   Circling Back – The Nature of Corporate Crime in America; and
                   It Reads Better Than It Lives – Essays about the American Condition
     Additional Writings:  Weekly Business Law Columnist (Los Angeles Daily Journal and the San Francisco Daily Journal (Professional Publications for California Attorneys); Blog Writer (Business, Politics, Economics, and Contemporary Culture) See www.mackwborgen.com.
      Professional Law Practice:     Business, corporate and commercial real estate law; Private equity businesses and outside general counsel; Business workouts and re-structurings.
       Teaching Positions (Early Years Except as Noted Below).
                   Rutgers University, Camden, New Jersey.
                   Coadjutant Professor of Labor Economics (History of Labor Movement).
                   University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA (Coadjutant Professor (History of the Supreme Court).
                   Golden Gate University, San Francisco, CA (Project and Construction Management).
                    Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara, CA (Adjunct Instructor in Business Law (2015-2016)
      Contact Information:
                Mailing Address:  Schmitt & Brody Publishers, 3655 Montalvo Way, Santa Barbara, California 93105
                Telephone:               805-450-2602
                Direct Email:           mwborgen@live.com
                Website:                    mackwborgen.com

Additional Personal Information:

Native of State of Montana (Long-time resident of both California and Montana)
Residence – Santa Barbara, California
Veteran – Served more than four years as Captain, Judge Advocate General’s Corps
Admitted to State Bars of California (Active) and Montana (Inactive).

V. Brief Description of Books; Sampling of Book Reviews of Mack W. Borgen’s Most Recent Books.

Dead Serious and Lighthearted – The Memorable Words of Modern America

Volume I (1957-1976); Volume II (1977-1993); and Volume III (1994-2015)

IF YOU REALLY WANT TO KNOW AMERICA, then read its Memorable Words – the real currency of American life, which by their passion, eloquence, prescience, or wisdom frame our history and reveal our past. These books introduce history in an entirely new way—without the tired stories and heavy words; without the litany of “isms” and “ologies.”

The Memorable Words, both the dead serious and the lighthearted, are carefully presented by year – the fascinating and frivolous, the tragic and momentous; the eloquent and bumbling; the touching and endearing – from Ike to Obama, from Lucy to Lady Gaga. Written without agenda, these books identify who said what and where and when—exactly. These books can help us know our country, lift our spirits, better remember who we are, who we were, and from whence we came.
The first volume presents the words from 957 until 1976 – from American Bandstand to The Godfather; from Lucy to Charlie’s Angels and Rocky’s call of “Yo, Adrian!,” from the end of the Fifties through the wildness of the Sixties; from the ascendancy of the Civil Rights, feminist, and environmental movements through the tragedy of Vietnam and the disgrace of Watergate.
The second volume presents the words from 1977 until 1993 – the “Middle Years” of Modern America – from Star Wars to Schindler’s List; from the efforts of Carter to the emergence of Reagan and the Go-Go Eighties; from the arrival of the culture wars and the rise of hyper-partisanship to the impacts of globalism and the omnipresence of the Internet,
The third and last volume presents the “memorable words” from 1994 to 2015—the last years of Modern America – the years of Clinton, Bush, and Obama and the rise of acrimony and partisanship; the terror of 9/11 and the wars in Iran and Afghanistan; the lightness of Forrest Gump and the humor of Seinfeld; the pain of “Hands up? Don’t shoot!” and wealth inequality, and even the technology-obsessed, hook-up culture of Modern America.”

BOOK REVIEWS OF SOME OF BORGEN’S MOST RECENT BOOKS (Dead Serious and Lighthearted Series)  — A SAMPLING 

A “herculean task”

“Packed with cultural highlights and pivotal moments from a wide array of sources.”

KIRKUS REVIEWS

“An expansive and eye-opening collection.”

CLARION REVIEWS

“The glimpses of the past are magnetic … Opening this book feels like unlocking a time capsule.”

US REVIEW OF BOOKS

“Teaching … history … in a captivating way.”

READER’S FAVORITE

“A … ‘Must Read.’ The brilliance of Borgen’s book lies in its breadth … and his powerful page-by-page commentaries….” MICHAEL LEVIN, New York Times Bestselling Author

“A wholly unique approach to understanding history… Read this book!” BRIGADIER GENERAL DULANEY O’ROARK (RET), Louisville, Kentucky

“Deserves a place in our higher education curriculum.” REID A. OLSEN, Education and Business Consultant, Chicago, Illinois

“Entertaining and fascinating.” PAUL D. HERMANN, Harvard Law School, Attorney, Atlanta, Georgia