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The NICHOLAS BROTHERS TRIBUTE at the ALEX!

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 25th- 7:30 pm- the ALEX THEATRE-216 N. Brand Avenue in Glendale

Join the LARE as we tap our way to the elegant ALEX Theater for a much deserved night of celebration honoring the Nicholas Brothers.

Prospect House Entertainment, In Partnership with Glendale Arts and In Association with the Tony Nicholas Family, Presents “IN PERSON” – THE NICHOLAS BROTHERS TRIBUTE

Hollywood’s greatest tap-dance team will be honored in a star-studded gala event, live at the historic 1400-seat Alex Theatre in Glendale, California. Join us as we chronicle Fayard and Harold Nicholas’ rise to fame and stardom, from their humble beginnings in Philadelphia to pioneering and redefining the tap genre. This one night only, special event will feature Q&As with Nicholas family members, celebrity friends and co-stars, rare and never-before-seen home movie footage, movie trailers, clips from their dazzling feature film performances, dramatic on-stage reenactments from landmark moments in their lives, and amazing tap numbers performed by the very best dancers in the country, choreographed by the peerless Cathie Nicholas, Fayard’s granddaughter.

Special Q&A guests include Gloria Hendry, best known for starring as Rosie Carver in the Roger Moore James Bond film Live and Let Die.

Stay tuned for more guest announcements coming soon!

We will be there with the author & commentator RUSTY FRANK who will be signing her book “TAP-the Greatest Stars and their Stories 1900-1955.

We’ll also bring copies of the book, “Brotherhood In Rhythm-the Jazz Tap Dancing of the Nicholas Brothers”.

This will be a wonderful night and you can get your tickets at : ALEXTHEATRE.ORG

USE the coupon code – PHENich  at checkout at get 2 TICKETS FOR THE PRICE OF 1!

ADA ACCESSIBLE SEATING INFORMATION All seating areas in the Alex Theatre other than the ADA Accessible seating area [Orchestra Row X] require a minimum of 8 stairs to access, and there is NO ELEVATOR. If you require ADA accessible seating, tell the Ticket Agent at the beginning of the transaction; if purchasing online, select from the ADA Accessible section. All ADA Accessible seating is Reserved Seating with specific Row and Seat Number designations on the tickets.

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the Last American Vampire, Live Talks Los Angeles & the LARE!

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Thursday, January 22, 2015-8:00pm (Reception 6:30-7:30pm)

Seth Grahame-Smith with Diablo Cody-On Writing: Books, Television and Film

We are very happy to announce a brand new season for Live Talks Los Angeles, and very proud to a part of what is going to be a fantastic 2015!

This year begins with vampires! Join us next Thursday in Santa Monica for the story of “The Last American Vampire”.

Moss Theatre- New Roads School – 3131 Olympic Boulevard- Santa Monica, CA 90404

PURCHASE TICKETS  @ LiveTalksLA.org

$20 General Admission/ $30 Reserved Seats/ $43 Includes Grahame-Smith’s book + Reserved Seats

Seth Grahame-Smith’s latest book is The Last American Vampire. He is the author of the New York Times bestselling Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Unholy Night. In addition to adapting the screenplay for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Seth also wrote Tim Burton’s film Dark Shadows.

For more information, visit www.sethgs.com and follow him on Twitter at @sethgs.

Diablo Cody is the pen name for Brook Busey-Maurio. She is an screenwriter, producer and director. She achieved critical acclaim for her debut script Juno (2007), winning several awards including the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. She first became known for her candid chronicling of her year as a stripper in her blog and in her memoir Candy Girl: A Year in the Life of an Unlikely Stripper (2005). She is also known for creating, writing and producing Showtime’s television series United States of Tara (2009-2011) and for writing and producing the films Jennifer’s Body (2009) and Young Adult (2011). Her directorial debut, Paradise, was released in 2013. Follow her on Twitter at @diablocody.

In his new book, The Last American Vampire, Seth Grahame-Smith goes back into the research and vampirist lens that defined Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, but turned his attention to a new time period. The Last American Vampire is an ambitious, century-spanning, vampire alterna-history, reimagining 20th Century American history through the eyes of America’s oldest immortal, the vampire Henry Sturges. In Reconstruction-era America, Henry is searching for renewed purpose in the wake of his friend Abraham Lincoln’s shocking death. His journey will first send him to England for an unexpected encounter with Jack the Ripper, then to New York City for the birth of a new American century, the dawn of the electric era of Tesla and Edison, and the blazing disaster of the 1937 Hindenburg crash. Along the way, Henry goes on the road in a Kerouac-influenced trip as Seth Grahame-Smith ingeniously weaves vampire history through Russia’s October Revolution, the First and Second World Wars, and the JFK assassination. The final, elegiac act ends in 2001 with the vampire species in steep decline, and a world-weary Henry retreating from civilization to an upstate New York mansion.

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Let’s All Go to “Early Poverty Row” w/ E.J & Marc!

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SATURDAY,JANUARY 17th @ 4 pm (Saturday afternoon special!)

The first signing event I ever held in this store was with Marc Wanamaker . He and Robert Nudelman had just authored “Early Hollywood” and I was eager to start doing signings & events at Larry Edmunds Bookshop when I finally got the opportunity. The slides were projected on a couple sheets I tacked up to the wall. Not long after that, Marc & Robert pulled up outside with a beautiful 7 foot screen that is mounted to my balcony and used to this day. I say a little thank you every I drop the screen for another great event here in the store.

Marc & E.J. are repeat offenders, and I one for one am glad about that. Our first in-store of 2015 is “Early Poverty Row”, the latest Arcadia Publishing Images of America volume by Marc & fellow author & historian E.J. Stephens.We welcome the boys for a special Saturday afternoon get together to talk about the little studios that could and that stuff we never get enough of, the history of Hollywood, and the history of the movies we love.

The history of Hollywood is often seen only through the lens of the major studios, forgetting that many of Tinseltown’s early creations came from micro-studios stretched along Sunset Boulevard in an area disparagingly known as Poverty Row. Here, the first wave of West Coast moviemakers migrated to the tiny village of Hollywood, where alcohol was illegal, actors were unwelcome, and cattle were herded down the unpaved streets. Most Poverty Row producers survived from film to film, their fortunes tied to the previous week’s take from hundreds of nickelodeon tills. They would routinely script movies around an event or disaster, often creating scenarios using sets from more established productions, when the bosses weren’t looking, of course. Poverty Row quickly became a generic term for other fly-by-night studios throughout the Los Angeles area. Their struggles to hang on in Hollywood were often more intriguing than the serialized cliffhangers they produced.

E.J. Stephens is a historian, writer, and tour guide from Newhall, California. Marc Wanamaker is a founder of the Hollywood Heritage Museum. In 1973, he established Bison Archives, one of Southern California’s most notable repositories of entertainment heritage.  Early Poverty Row Studios is their fourth cowritten Arcadia publication.

We hope you can join us next Saturday,the 17th, but if not, we’ll yell, “Cut! Print!” and send the signed copy your way!

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Celebrating Charles Brackett @ the Billy Wilder Theater w/ Anthony Slide!

9780231167086SUNDAY,JANUARY 11th-6 pm (books)/7 pm (movies) @ the Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum-10899 Wilshire Boulevard

Join us for our second date of the week at the Billy Wilder Theater, the perfect venue for an evening to celebrate writer/producer & Hollywood literary legend Charles Brackett.

Author & Hollywood historian Anthony Slide will be the guest on hand to introduce “The Lost Weekend” & “Five Graves to Cairo” as well as sign his new book,

“It’s the Pictures That Got Small” Charles Brackett on Billy Wilder and Hollywood’s Golden Age – Edited by Anthony Slide/Foreword by Jim Moore

Golden Age Hollywood screenwriter Charles Brackett was an extremely observant and perceptive chronicler of the entertainment industry during its most exciting years. He is best remembered as the writing partner of director Billy Wilder, who once referred to the pair as “the happiest couple in Hollywood,” collaborating on such classics as The Lost Weekend (1945) and Sunset Blvd (1950). In this annotated collection of writings taken from dozens of Brackett’s unpublished diaries, leading film historian Anthony Slide clarifies Brackett’s critical contribution to Wilder’s films and Hollywood history while enriching our knowledge of Wilder’s achievements in writing, direction, and style. Brackett’s diaries re-create the initial meetings of the talent responsible for Ninotchka (1939), Hold Back the Dawn (1941), Ball of Fire (1941), The Major and the Minor (1942), Five Graves to Cairo (1943), The Lost Weekend, and Sunset Blvd, recounting the breakthrough and breakdowns that ultimately forced these collaborators to part ways. Brackett was also a producer, served as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Screen Writers Guild, was a drama critic for the New Yorker, and became a member of the exclusive literary club, the Algonquin Round Table. Slide gives readers a rare, front row seat to the Golden Age dealings of Paramount, Universal, MGM, and RKO and the innovations of legendary theater and literary figures, such as Alfred Lunt, Lynn Fontanne, Edna Ferber, and Dorothy Parker. Through Brackett’s witty, keen perspective, the political and creative intrigue at the heart of Hollywood’s most significant films come alive, and readers will recognize their reach in the Hollywood industry today.

If you’re stuck in Norma Desmond’s house, or are out on a lost weekend & can’t join us, we’ll be happy to get a copy signed and sent your way!

More info on this program & other screenings at the Billy Wilder Theater can be found at : www.cinema.ucla.edu

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Anthony Slide is the author or editor of more than two hundred books on the history of popular entertainment. He has served as both associate archivist of the American Film Institute and as resident film historian of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. His most recent publications include Silent Players: A Biographical and Autobiographical Study of 100 Silent Film Actors and Actresses; Inside the Hollywood Fan Magazines: A History of Star Makers, Fabricators, and Gossip Mongers; and Hollywood Unknowns: A History of Extras, Bit Players, and Stand-Ins.

Start the New Year in EPIC Style! Cecil B. DeMille & the Art of the Epic w/ Mark Vieira!

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FRIDAY,JANUARY 9th-Cecil B. DeMille & the Art of the Epic!

6:30 pm book signing/7:3o pm films- “Cleopatra”& “The Sign of the Cross”

the Billy Wilder Theater @ the Hammer Museum- 10899 Wilshire Boulevard

Happy New Year!

How are you all doing? I certainly hope you’ve had a wonderful  holiday season, we have here at the Lare.I am so ready to get 2015 underway with so many great guests & books! Every year has brought a bounty of cinematic gold and I feel very fortunate to do what I do. This year will be no exception.

We are happy to start the new year at a venue that is welcoming us for the first time & I would like to thank the Billy Wilder Theater for having us.

We will be with an old friend, Mark  A. Vieira & we will be talking about & watching Cecil B. DeMille.

More about the many other screenings during this salute to DeMille can be found at : https://www.cinema.ucla.edu/

If you can’t make it, we can get it signed and sent as always.

We thank you Larry Edmunds Bookshop customers. Here’s wishing you the finest of years in 2015!

Here’s more about the book:

SUMMARY Colossal. Stupendous. Epic. These adjectives, used by movie companies to hawk their wares, became clichés long ago. When used to describe the films of one director, they are accurate. More than any filmmaker in the history of the medium, Cecil B. DeMille mastered the art of the spectacle. In the process, he became a filmland founder. One hundred years ago, he made the first feature film ever shot in Hollywood and went on to become the most commercially successful producer-director in history. DeMille told his cinematic tales with painterly, extravagant images. The parting of the Red Sea in The Ten Commandments was only one of these. There were train wrecks (The Greatest Show on Earth); orgies (Manslaughter); battles (The Buccaneer); Ancient Rome (The Sign of the Cross); Ancient Egypt (Cleopatra); and the Holy Land (The Crusades). The best of these images are showcased here, in Cecil B. DeMille: The Art of the Hollywood Epic.

This lavish volume opens the King Tut’s tomb of cinematic treasures that is the Cecil B. DeMille Archives, presenting storyboard art, concept paintings, and an array of photographic imagery. Historian Mark A. Vieira writes an illuminating text to accompany these scenes. Cecilia de Mille Presley relates her grandfather’s thoughts on his various films, and recalls her visits to his sets, including the Egyptian expedition to film The Ten Commandments. Like the director’s works, Cecil B. DeMille: The Art of the Hollywood Epic is a panorama of magnificence—celebrating a legendary filmmaker and the remarkable history of Hollywood.

ABOUT CECILIA DE MILLE PRESLEY AND MARK A. VIEIRA Mark A. Vieira is a photographer and writer who specializes in Hollywood history. He has lectured at USC, UCLA, Lincoln Center, Universal Studios, the Hollywood Heritage Museum, and the Palm Springs Film Festival. Vieira has appeared in documentaries such as TCM’s Moguls and Movie Stars, Playboy’s Sex at 24 Frames Per Second, and the BBC’s Shooting the Stars. He is also the author of George Hurrell’s Hollywood, Greta Garbo: A Cinematic Legacy, and Majestic Hollywood, among other film-related titles. Vieira resides in Los Angeles. Cecilia DeMille Presley is the president of the Cecil B. DeMille Foundation, which endows higher education and child welfare in Southern California. She produces documentaries and serves as vice chairman of the National Film Preservation Foundation. She is also on the board of trustees of the American Film Institute, the Chapman University School of Film, and the executive board of the UCLA School of Film & Television. Presley lives in Newport Beach, California. Mark A. Vieira is a writer, historian, and photographer with over forty years of experience working in Hollywood. He makes portraits using the George Hurrell technique. Mark has lectured at USC, UCLA, Lincoln Center, Universal Studios, the Hollywood Heritage Museum, and the Palm Springs Film Festival. He has appeared in documentaries such as TCM’s Moguls and Movie Stars and Playboy’s Sex at 24 Frames Per Second. Mark is also the author of several books, including The Making of Some Like It Hot (with Tony Curtis), Greta Garbo: A Cinematic Legacy, and Sin in Soft Focus: Pre-Code Hollywood.

 

 

 

 

 

Cary Elwes – “As You Wish” w/ “The Princess Bride” at the PALACE!

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SATURDAY,DECEMBER 20, 2014-6 pm-the PALACE THEATER-630 S. Broadway-Downtown

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One more for 2014! This Saturday we’re going to have a blast at our 1st ever show at the Palace Theater downtown with special guest Cary Elwes signing “As You Wish” & a screening of “The Princess Bride”!

We’re bringing the books and our friends from Street Food Cinema are doing the rest.

There will be a book signing from 6 pm -7:45 pm with Cary, then a Q & A at 8 pm followed by a screening of “The Princess Bride”.

If you can’t make it, we’ve got a signed copy of “As You Wish” ready for you to start the new year with.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

A classic fairy tale, with swordplay, giants, an evil prince, a beautiful princess, and yes, some kissing (as read by a kindly grandfather).

The producers of Street Food Cinema present YULETIDE CINEMA!

Before each film, there’s so much to see and do…Are you on Santa’s list this year? Well, you’ll know for sure at the North Pole station where our irreverent Elves can check Santa’s big book to see if you’ll get your “naughty” certificate or your “nice” report card. Explore and indulge in holiday sweets and savory treats like delicious gourmet popcorn from Dakota’s Pop Parlor, holiday sausages by Doghaus, mulled wine, roasted chestnuts and more!

Wear your ugliest Christmas sweater or your silliest onesie and special treats wait! Need a more adult moment? Then grab a glass of beer or wine up in the adults only refreshment area. Sugarplum wishes and good tidings everywhere. Come one, come all, to the ultimate holiday event of all!

More info & tickets? : http://www.streetfoodcinema.com/the-princess-bride/

All seating first come, first serve. No outside food or beverages. Parking not included.

Purchase AS YOU WISH through Yuletide Cinema and Cary Elwes will personally sign it for you at the event!

By purchasing your book in advance via Yuletide Cinema, you will receive Priority at the book signing!

*New York Times Bestseller*

AS YOU WISH- Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by CARY ELWES with Joe Layden and Foreword by Rob Reiner

“The movie The Princess Bride achieved a certain cinematic magic, which Elwes (Westley) captures in his warm and revealing behind-the-scenes account.” –Publisher’s Weekly

“This is an entertaining tale…” –Flavorwire.com

Featuring never-before-told stories from Cary and his extraordinary co-stars, AS YOU WISH is the ultimate account of the film that has captured the hearts of viewers for generations.

The Princess Bride, based on William Goldman’s remarkable novel, has stood the test of time as both a family favorite and cult classic for nearly three decades. Only a modest hit in theaters in 1987, the movie gained popularity on VHS, and is now ranked by the American Film Institute as one of the top 100 Greatest Love Stories, and by the Writers Guild of America as one of the top 100 screenplays of all time. The film’s timeless love story and brilliantly funny screenplay have endured, proving to be just as relevant and charming for fans today as they were at its premiere.

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It’s A Tiki Pop Christmas w/ Sven Kirsten-Larry Edmunds Christmas party!

 

tiki_pop_va_gbf_3d_02897_1405300934_id_797062 FRIDAY,DECEMBER 12th @ 7:30 pm @ Larry Edmunds Bookshop- It’s A Tiki Christmas with Sven Kirsten

We want to invite you to a Tiki Pop paradise on Hollywood Boulevard!

It’s Larry Edmunds Christmas Party w/ Tiki emcee & archaeologist Sven Kirsten.

Sven will bring some fun clips to watch & his fantastic book, “TIKI POP” will be available to be signed.

We’ll add some tunes & cocktails! It’s Christmas time Hollywood Tiki style!

Already have a copy of, “TIKI POP” ?  Then, give the gift of TIKI!

This book is the ultimate Christams gift!

We hope you can join us to ring in the holidays!

Here’s a little more about the book:

How Tiki became an American dream-

Urban islands and bamboo hideaways set the stage for a pop culture phenomenon like no other.In mid-century America, the imaginative appeal of Tiki penetrated fashion, music, tiki_pop_va_gbf_3d_02897_1405300934_id_797062eating, drinking, and architecture.

Published in connection with an exhibition at the prestigious Musée du quai Branly in Paris, Tiki Pop traces the development of Tiki as romantic vision and cultural appropriation. Follow Tiki from James Cook’s first Pacific Island expeditions, through Gauguin’s exotic paintings, Hollywood jungle fantasies, and elaborate temples erected to celebrate Tiki as the god of recreation. With hundreds of previously unpublished images, Tiki the pop icon unfolds from its earliest, enthusiastic beginnings to its spectacular downfall in the dawning awareness of the Western world’s colonial misdeeds. This book is the culmination of the extensive research of Sven Kirsten, urban archaeologist, Tiki sage, and author of earlier TASCHEN books, The Book of Tiki and Tiki Modern, which first recovered the figure of Tiki from obscurity.

In his widely lauded graphic style, Kirsten places venerable ancient godheads next to their Polynesian pop counterparts, movie posters next to matchboxes, comic strips next to Robinson Crusoe illustrations. The result is at once a visual feast, a piece of cultural history, and a tribute to a very particular vision of paradise.

The author: Sven Kirsten was conceived on a freighter of his grandfather’s Hamburg-Chicago Line. Following the call of the big world, he moved to California at the age of 25. Kirsten studied at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles and began shooting music videos in the late 1980s for The Cramps, Tom Waits, Sergio Mendes and others. After years of hunting down pieces of the puzzle of Polynesian Pop, Kirsten has developed a singular insight into the Cult of Tiki and has become the country’s most eminent Tiki archaeologist.

“The Unspeakable” w/ Meghan Daum & Sandra Tsing Loh!

 

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Thursday, December 11, 2014 8:00pm (reception at 7pm with wine and live music)

It’s a Live Talks Los Angeles encore! One more for 2014 with a very good friend of Live Talks, Meghan Daum!Screen-Shot-2014-11-22-at-11.34.24-PM

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The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion

William Turner Gallery- Bergamot Station Arts Center- 2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90404

Join us for our year end party featuring Meghan Daum in conversation with Sandra Tsing Loh. Plus live music, wine and some nibbles.

Meghan Daum is a columnist for the Los Angeles Times and the author of the essay collection My Misspent Youth. She is also the author of Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived in That House and The Quality of Life Report, a novel. Her essays and reviews have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, The New York Times Book Review, Vogue, and other publications. She has also contributed to NPR’s Morning Edition, Marketplace, and This American Life. Meghan has appeared several times on the Live Talks Los Angeles stage, interviewing Molly Ringwald, Anna Quindlen and Francine Prose.

In her new book of essays, Daum pushes back against false sentimentality and manufactured emotion in American life. Negotiating the fraught territory between youthful preoccupations and the jolt of encroaching middle age, she uses her own life experience to examine our culture’s relationship to ideas and feelings that have previously been considered “unspeakable.” The essays range in subject and in tone from a defense of inappropriate romantic partners, and a bittersweet celebration of the love of a good dog, to a jeremiad against foodie culture and an outrageous, comedic treatise on the allure of lesbian culture.

In her poignant essay, “Difference Maker,” Daum describes her work in the child welfare system and her own wrenching decision not to have children. In “Matricide,” Daum considers a legacy of mother-daughter antipathy and the uncomfortable emotions provoked when a parent dies. In “Diary of a Coma,” she traces the process of losing her grasp of language and spending five days unconscious during a freak illness. Other lighter essays take on the ephemeral nature of “being an adult,” the proper way to appreciate Joni Mitchell, and the perverse pleasure of feeling invisible while playing charades with movie stars in Hollywood.

Sandra Tsing Loh’s work ranges from off-Broadway solo shows (Aliens in America, Bad Sex with Bud Kemp) to radio commentaries on NPR’s Morning Edition and on This American Life. Variety named her as one of America’s 50 most influential comedians. Her weekly Loh Life and syndicated Loh Down on Science are broadcast on KPCC. A contributing editor for The Atlantic Monthly, her memoir The Mad Woman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones, based on her Best American Essay 2012 on menopause, was published by W.W. Norton in May, 2014. Her previous books include Mother on Fire, A Year in Van Nuys and Depth Takes a Holiday. Her new solo show Burning Woman, developed by the Sundance Theatre Lab, will premiere in 2015.

RSVP/PURCHASE TICKETS General Admission: Complimentary Purchase the book, $26, guarantees a reserved seat.

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Raymond Chandler with Barry Day & Esotouric-The LARE heads downtown!

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Join us for a very special afternoon downtown with our friends from Esotouric Tours & author & editor Barry Day as we celebrate “Raymond Chandler In His Own Words”!

Library Bar -630 W 6th St Los Angeles, CA 90017

Start Time: Sunday, December 7, 2014 – 2:00pm to 5:00pm

LAVA – The Los Angeles Visionaries Association and The Larry Edmunds Bookshop invite you to join Barry Day for a celebration of his new book, The World of Raymond Chandler: In His Own Words (Random House). Space is extremely limited and reservations required for this free event.

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Barry Day will give a short illustrated talk about Raymond Chandler and his new book, answer questions and sign books.

Immediately following the signing, LAVA co-founders and Raymond Chandler historians Richard Schave (host of Raymond Chandler’s Los Angeles: In A Lonely Place) & Kim Cooper (author of The Kept Girl and The Raymond Chandler Map of Los Angeles) will lead a free hour-long walking tour of Chandler’s downtown, ending at the King Eddy Saloon with a tour of the genuine prohibition speakeasy in its basement. Locations will include the Oviatt Building (called The Treolar Building in The Lady in the Lake), the Barclay Hotel (site of an icepick murder in The Little Sister), and numerous points of interest along the way.

Please note that the walking tour will not return to its starting point, but it will be a short walk back at each guest’s leisure.

 

As always, a signed copy is available to be sent your way from the hard-boiled streets of L.A.

ABOUT BARRY DAY: Barry Day is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and a trustee of the Noël Coward Foundation. In addition to his seven previous books on Noël Coward, he has written about Dorothy Parker, Oscar Wilde, Johnny Mercer, and Rodgers & Hart. Day was awarded the OBE (Order of the British Empire) “for services to British culture in the United States.”

ABOUT THE NEW BOOK: Raymond Chandler never wrote a memoir or autobiography. The closest he came to writing either was in—and around—his novels, shorts stories, and letters. There have been books that describe and evaluate Chandler’s life, but to find out what he himself felt about his life and work, Barry Day, editor of The Letters of Noël Coward (“There is much to dazzle here in just the way we expect… the book is meticulous, artfully structured—splendid” —Daniel Mendelsohn; The New York Review of Books), has cannily, deftly chosen from Chandler’s writing, as well as the many interviews he gave over the years as he achieved cult status, to weave together an illuminating narrative that reveals the man, the work, the worlds he created. Using Chandler’s own words as well as Day’s text, here is the life of “the man with no home,” a man precariously balanced between his classical English education with its immutable values and that of a fast-evolving America during the years before the Great War, and the changing vernacular of the cultural psyche that resulted. Chandler makes clear what it is to be a writer, and in particular what it is to be a writer of “hardboiled” fiction in what was for him “another language.” Along the way, he discusses the work of his contemporaries: Dashiell Hammett, James M. Cain, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Agatha Christie, W. Somerset Maugham, and others (“I wish,” said Chandler, “I had one of those facile plotting brains, like Erle Gardner”).

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Bright Lights , Lonely Nights w/ SERENA!

 

9781593935979_p0_v1_s260x420SATURDAY,DECEMBER 6 -7:30 pm @ Larry Edmunds Bookshop-SERENA!

We love Serena!

Twice prior she has been a part of our Golden Goddesses events & now the spotlight is all hers to tell her story.

Join us on Saturday, December 6th @ 7:30 pm as we welcome Serena back to the L.E.B. to sign her new autobiography,

BRIGHT LIGHTS, LONELY NIGHTS: THE MEMORIES OF SERENA, PORN STAR PIONEER OF THE 1970s by Serena Czarnecki

Serena’s story is the story of the adult film world in the 1970’s told by one of the biggest stars of the time & all the players that played a part.

Join us for a trip to the Valley with an outlaw film community that changed the face of adult entertainment.

If you can’t make it, you can still order a signed copy of “Bright Lights, Lonely Nights” and we’ll send it to you just in time for the holidays!

“A true pioneer, artist, and star of her generation, Serena is the very definition of individuality and freedom tantamount to an exclusive community of golden era, erotic film performers. Melding natural beauty and raw sexuality with an intuitive, ethereal sensitivity, Serena created an abiding presence on screen. Almost 40 years after her film debut, exquisitely characterized by quiet wisdom and honesty, Serena continues to mystify and titillate fans. In her “memory book” Serena has crafted an odyssey of events, ruminations and images reflecting an inspired age of liberation. This is a superb read.” —Jill C. Nelson, author of Golden Goddesses: 25 Legendary Women of Classic Erotic Cinema, 1968-1985

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