Category: Events

102Gether! Chuck Jones & friends celebration @ the ALEX!



SUNDAY,SEPTEMBER 21st-3 pm  @ the ALEX THEATER -216 N. Brand Avenue in Glendale-It’s 102Gether!

Some days you go to work & you get to watch cartoons! Not just any cartoons, but Looney Tunes!

I am very excited & proud to be asked to bring books to the Alex Theater this Sunday, September 21st for a once in a blue moon event.

We’ll be bringing one of our faves, “I Say, I Say Son…” the fantastic book by Robert McKimson Jr. about his Dad , Uncle & the behind the scenes cast at Looney Tunes. Robert will be on hand to sign books throughout the day.

We will also have copies of the beautiful, “Stroke of Genius” from the Chuck Jones estate. Then, we will watch cartoons & hear from the families & a couple of participants about the creation & making of viewing that has influenced generations. Here’s a little more about the event below:



Chuck Jones Museum Presents


102Gether is a film festival tribute to the teams that created the Golden Age of Warner Bros. cartoons. For the first time ever, the families of many of the great directors, producers, writers and more of the era will come together, including the families of directors Tex Avery, Robert Clampett, Friz Freleng, Chuck Jones, Robert McKimson, as well as producer Leon Schlesinger, voice artist Mel Blanc, and writer Michael Maltese. Also expected to appear are living members of the Warner Bros. teams, June Foray, Auril Thompson and Martha Sigall. Cartoons from each of these directors will be shown on the big screen.

Master of Ceremonies for the evening: Bugs Bunny at the Symphony creator and conductor, Maestro George Daugherty. Q&A with representatives of each family on stage following the program.

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 in the Theatre. If you require ADA accessible seating, let the Ticket Agent know 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.




Seating & Face Value Ticket Prices


Orchestra – $50 / $25 / $15
Terrace – $25 / $15
Balcony – $10

the Genius of Carl Reiner @ the AERO !


DownloadedFileSATURDAY,SEPTEMBER 20, 6:30 pm @ the AERO THEATER in Santa Monica-Carl Reiner in person!

The American Cinematheque has been paying tribute to the legend & comic genius of the fantastic Carl Reiner. Carl’s work in television, audio & film on both sides of the camera are the stuff that generations have laughed about. From early television to the  Dick Van Dyke show, to his works with Steve Martin & beyond, Carl continues to make us laugh and he’ll do it on the page as well!

Join us Saturday night the 20th as we are ever so fortunate to join the legendary Carl Reiner at the Aero Theater as he signs his latest release, ” I Just Remembered” and does a short Q & A BEFORE the double bill of  “Enter Laughing” & “The Comic”.

He once signed a paperback of “The Jerk” for me, an item I will always cherish. He once signed a box of books for me that I left on his porch.

Thank you for everything Carl, we will see you Saturday night to laugh it up at the AERO. If you can’t make it, order a signed copy of “I Just Remembered” from us here at the LARE!

Here’s more about Carl’s latest book, “I Just Remembered” :

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Hollywood Costume: It’s Not About the Clothes w/ Deborah Nadoolman Landis!


Tuesday, September 16 th – 7 -9:30 pm @ The Atelier-Downtown Los AngelesHollywood Costume Book Cover

When our friend Deborah Nadoolman Landis asks if we can bring her wonderful collection of books to showcase & sell for her, the answer is always yes!

Her knowledge of film & of her craft in particular are superlative. She is a wonderful speaker.

The Blues Bothers.

Indiana Jones.

Coming to America & lots more.

Join us downtown on Tuesday to listen & learn about Hollywood Costume with Deborah & Costume Cafe host Colleen Monroe.

We’ll have a few of Deborah’s books on hand & they make excellent gifts too.

Here’s more about Tuesday night.


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09/16/2014 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

The Atelier @ Maker City

Join us for a lively conversation about the art of costume design with Academy Award® Nominated Costume Designer, Professor and Curator Deborah Nadoolman Landis and Costume Cafe Podcast host, Colleen Monroe. The central role of costume design in cinematic storytelling will be discussed in advance of the groundbreaking V&A exhibition: Hollywood Costume; opening this fall on October 2, 2014 -March 2, 2015 at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences in Los Angeles. This event is free, but seating is limited. Please RSVP here. More information about the Hollywood Costume exhibition and tickets can be found at This event sponsored by Sync onSet, a mobile and web application that allows the entire costume team to work off of a digital production binder. Visit

Event is free, but you do need a reservation.

Full info & rsvp information at :




Warner Brothers-Hollywood’s Ultimate Backlot w/ Steve Bingen!


THURSDAY,SEPTEMBER 18 @ 7:30 pm @ the LARE! 6644 Hollywood Boulevard

WARNER BROTHERS! The BOOK ! The Slideshow!

When our friend Steve Bingen told me he was working on another book about a backlot, I couldn’t wait to start getting ready for a great night.

Steve was one of the authors of the wonderful, “MGM: Hollywood’s Greatest Backlot” and there is nothing cooler than a book with lots of super cool behind the scenes photos. When Steve enlisted the help of the one & only Bison Archivist extraordinaire & best buddy of the LARE,  Marc Wanamaker , I knew we were in business!

Join us here at the store on Thursday, September 18th for another presentation about classic Hollywood on Hollywood Boulevard. Steve will give a guided tour via a slideshow about the land of the brothers Warner & all the classic movie memories that took place  there. Don’t miss out on this great night. We also hope you’ll pick up a copy of “Warner Brothers-Hollywood’s Ultimate Backlot”.

If you’ve been called to the set & can’t make it, we’ll be happy to get one signed, sealed & delivered to your doorstop.

Here’s a little more information on the book :

Steven Bingen is a historian, screenwriter, and former archivist at Warner Bros. Originally a native of Seattle, Bingen has written and contributed to dozens of books, articles, and documentaries on Hollywood history. He coauthored MGM: Hollywood’s Greatest Backlot, the first significant book ever published about a movie studio lot. He lives in the world’s largest backlot, also known as Los Angeles. Movie studios are the wondrous, almost magical locales where not just films, but legends, are created. Unfortunately, these celebrity playgrounds are, and always have been, largely hidden from public view. Although some movie studios offer tours, few guests from outside the Hollywood community have ever been witness to the artistry, politics, and scandals that routinely go on behind the soundstage walls and away from the carefully orchestrated scenes visible to them from their tram carts.

In this book, studio staff historian and Hollywood insider Steven Bingen throws open Hollywood’s iron gates and takes you inside the greatest and yet most mysterious movie studio of them all: Warner Bros. Long home to the world’s biggest stars and most memorable films and television shows, the Warner Bros. Studio lot functions as a small city and is even more fascinating, glamorous, and outrageous than any of the stars or movies that it has been routinely minting for more than ninety years. Accompanied by stunning behind-the-scenes photos and maps, and including a revealing backstory, this book is your ticket to a previously veiled Hollywood paradise.

Ravished Armenia-The Film , the Story & the Book



GLENDALE CENTRAL  PUBLIC LIBRARY  - Ravished Armenia-09/17/2014  Book Signing at 6:30 pm- program 7:00 PM – 8:30 Pm

CENTRAL LIBRARY AUDITORIUM 222 East Harvard Street Glendale, California 91205

Ravished Armenia and the Story of Aurora Mardiganian is based on a real-life tale of a teenage Armenian girl (Aurora Mardiganian) who was caught up in the 1915 Armenian Genocide. She witnessed the murder of her family and was forced to march over fourteen hundred miles, during which she was kidnapped and sold into the slave markets of Anatolia. Mardiganian escaped to Tiflis (modern Tbilisi, Georgia), then to St. Petersburg, from where she traveled to Oslo and finally, with the help of Near East Relief, to New York. Her story was first published in a book form and then was used as the basis for a 1918 feature film Auction of Souls.

The revised edition of Ravished Armenia and the Story of Aurora Mardiganian by Anthony Slide contains an annotated reprint of Mardiganian’s original narrative and, for the first time the full screenplay. In his introduction, Slide recounts the making of the film and Mardiganian’s life in the United States, involving a cast of characters including Henry Morgenthau, Mrs. George W. Vanderbilt, Mrs. Oliver Harriman, and film pioneer William Selig. The introduction also includes original comments by Aurora Mardiganian, whom Slide interviewed before her death.

Anthony Slide is the former film historian of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He has published more than seventy books on popular entertainment, to name a few; Inside the Hollywood Fan Magazine and Hollywood Unknowns: A History of Extras, Bit Players, and Stand-Ins (both published by University Press of Mississippi). Aside from his work as a writer and a historian, he has directed a number of documentaries relating to silent film history, including the feature-length The Silent Feminists.

At the end of the presentation award winning film director Eric Nazarian will hold a conversation with Anthony Slide about the story of Aurora Mardiganian and the film Ravished Armenia. Admission is free. Visitors to the Central Library receive 3 hours FREE parking across the street at The Market Place parking structure with validation at the Loan Desk.

For more information contact Elizabeth Grigorian, Armenian Outreach Coordinator, or (818) 548-3288.

What If? Randall Munroe “Live Talks” with Wil Wheaton @ the AERO!



















It’s a Live Talks Los Angeles weekend special! Sadly , this event is SOLD OUT, but you can still get a signed book from Larry Edmunds Bookshop!

Sunday, September 14, 2014 4:30 pm

An Afternoon with Randall Munroe in conversation with Wil Wheaton

What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

The Aero Theatre 1328 Montana Avenue Santa Monica, CA 90404

(NOTE: Due to demand for tickets, we moved this event from William Turner Gallery in Santa Monica) EVENT IS SOLD OUT* *video will be posted a week after the event.

Tickets: $20 General Admission/ $40 Includes Munroe’s book + Reserved seat

From the creator of the wildly popular webcomic xkcd, hilarious and informative answers to important questions you probably never thought to ask. Watch Randall Munroe’s TED Talk Randall Munroe is the author of the popular webcomic xkcd and the science question-and-answer blog What If. After studying physics at Christopher Newport University, he got a job building robots at NASA Langley Research Center. In 2006, he left NASA to draw comics on the internet full-time, supporting himself through the sale of xkcd t-shirts, prints, posters, and books. He likes candlelight dinners and long walks on the beach. Very long walks. Lots of people say they like long walks on the beach, but then they get out on the beach and after just an hour or two, they say they’re getting tired. Millions of people visit each week to read Randall Munroe’s iconic webcomic. His stick-figure drawings about science, technology, language, and love have a large and passionate following. In 2013, a main-belt asteroid (4942 Munroe) was named after him Fans of xkcd ask Munroe a lot of strange questions. What if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90 percent the speed of light? How fast can you hit a speed bump while driving and live? If there was a robot apocalypse, how long would humanity last? In pursuit of answers, Munroe runs computer simulations, pores over stacks of declassified military research memos, solves differential equations, and consults with nuclear reactor operators. His responses are masterpieces of clarity and hilarity, complemented by signature xkcd comics. They often predict the complete annihilation of humankind, or at least a really big explosion. The book features new and never-before-answered questions, along with updated and expanded versions of the most popular answers from the xkcd website. What If? will be required reading for xkcd fans and anyone who loves to ponder the hypothetical.

Wil Wheaton began acting in commercials at the age of seven, and by the age of ten had appeared in numerous television and film roles. In 1986, his critically acclaimed role in Rob Reiner’s Stand By Me put him in the public spotlight. In 1987, Wil was cast as Wesley Crusher in the hit television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. Recently, Wil has held recurring roles on TNT’s Leverage and SyFy’s Eureka; he currently recurs on CBS’s The Big Bang Theory. He played Axis of Anarchy leader Fawkes in Felicia Day’s webseries The Guild, and currently hosts Falling Skies: Second Watch, for TNT. Off-camera, he is the creator producer, and host of the wildly successful webseries Tabletop, which is currently in its second season. But Wheaton is much more than just an actor; he’s an author, blogger, podcaster, voice actor, widely-followed original Twitter user, and a champion of geek culture. For more on Wheaton, visit his website.



LARRY Loves Live Talks Los Angeles ! It’s a brand new season!


Larry Edmunds Bookshop is very excited to start another season with our friends at Live Talks Los Angeles! This is going to be a season to remember w/ forthcoming guests like Martin Short, Alan Cumming, George Clinton + so many more! Live Talks begins next week in Beverly Hills w/ Tavis Smiley & in Santa Monica w/ Ben Mezrich! Don’t miss out on one of a kind opportunities for great guests & interviewers & evenings of truly original quality.

As always, if you can’t attend these wonderful events, we will be happy to send signed books your way!

Ticket info is available at

Tuesday,September 9th , 8 pm- All Saints Church in Beverly Hills-Tavis Smiley & “Death of A King”Screen-Shot-2014-07-15-at-11.28.11-AM Smiley_Death-of-a-King-w

(Reception 6:30-7:30pm)

An Evening with Tavis Smiley Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final Year

All Saints Church 504 N. Camden Beverly Hills, CA 90210

PURCHASE TICKETS $20 General Admission/ $30 Reserved Seats/ $43 Includes Smiley’s book + Reserved Seats/ $95 includes reserved seating + pre-event reception + book

Tavis Smiley is a nationally known radio and television personality, entrepreneur, political commentator and activist. Currently, Smiley hosts the late-night television talk show, Tavis Smiley on PBS, The Tavis Smiley Show on public radio distributed by Public Radio International (PRI). He is the first American to simultaneously host signature talk shows on both public television and public radio. He founded the ground-breaking and historic State of the Black Union series. Smiley has authored several best-selling books, including The Covenant and The Covenant in Action. In 2009, TIME magazine named him to their list of “The World’s 100 Most Influential People.” A revealing and dramatic chronicle of the twelve months leading up to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination Martin Luther King, Jr. died in one of the most shocking assassinations the world has known, but little is remembered about the life he led in his final year. New York Times bestselling author and award-winning broadcaster Tavis Smiley recounts the final 365 days of King’s life, revealing the minister’s trials and tribulations — denunciations by the press, rejection from the president, dismissal by the country’s black middle class and militants, assaults on his character, ideology, and political tactics, to name a few — all of which he had to rise above in order to lead and address the racism, poverty, and militarism that threatened to destroy our democracy. Smiley’s DEATH OF A KING paints a portrait of a leader and visionary in a narrative different from all that have come before.Here is an exceptional glimpse into King’s life — one that adds both nuance and gravitas to his legacy as an American hero.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10,8pm-  (Reception 6:30-7:30 pm) – William Turner Gallery- It’s “Seven Wonders” w/ Ben Mezrich in conversation w/ Brett Ratner!

Ben Mezrich in conversation with Brett Ratner discussing his novel, Seven Wonders

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

PURCHASE TICKETS $20 General Admission/ $40 Includes Ben Mezrich’s book + Reserved seat/$95 Pre-event reception (6:30-7:30pm) + Reserved Seat

Ben Mezrich has created his own highly addictive genre of nonfiction, chronicling the amazing stories of young geniuses making tons of money on the edge of impossibility, ethics, and morality. He has authored twelve books, including the wildly successful Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions, which spent sixty-three weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, His book, The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal was also a New York Times bestseller. The book was adapted into the movie The Social Network –written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by David Fincher. While writing these true stories, he has been afforded access to worlds seldom talked about. During his research for Bringing Down the House, he taped $250,000 to his body and smuggled it through airport security with some of the most notorious card-counters in the world, getting to taste the lifestyle of the Las Vegas high roller upon arrival.

While writing Ugly Americans, he visited exclusive “Japanese Only” underground sex clubs in Tokyo and juggled roadblocks and run-ins against the Japanese mafia. Sex On the Moon, Mezrich’s twelfth book, is being developed by the same producers and studio as The Social Network. Both of Mezrich’s other New York Times bestsellers, Ugly Americans and Rigged, have been optioned for the big screen as well. Seven Wonders is a departure of sorts — a high stakes epic thriller that races around the world to unlock the mystery that links the Seven Wonders of the World. Jack Grady, a field anthropologist and 21st century Indiana Jones, lives for the thrill of adventure and the joy of discovery. When his estranged brother, the introverted mathematician Jeremy Grady, is murdered, Jack is determined to find out what happened. His first clue: his brother was stabbed in the chest with an ancient ivory spear. It reminds him of the weapons of the Amazons, a fierce tribe of female warriors dating all the way back to the beginnings of mythology and history and the subject of Jack’s research for nearly half a decade. Jack embarks on a far-flung journey around the globe – from China to Peru; Egypt to Brazil – as he unravels the mystery that links the Seven Wonders of the World, represented by seven divided segments of a golden snake. With the help of the beautiful and brilliant botanist Sloane Costa and Jack’s intrepid grad students, the team discovers a conspiracy to hide a roadmap to the Garden of Eden – and the truth behind a mythological ancient culture. The movie rights have been sold to 20th Century Fox with Brett Ratner and James Packer producing.

Brett Ratner is one of Hollywood’s most successful filmmakers. Ratner’s films as a director alone have grossed close to $2 billion at the global box office. He most recently directed and produced the action adventure “Hercules,” starring Dwayne Johnson. Ratner began his career directing numerous music videos before making his feature directorial debut on the crime comedy “Money Talks,” starring Charlie Sheen and Chris Tucker. He followed with the blockbuster action comedy “Rush Hour,” starring Tucker and Jackie Chan and launched two hit sequels. Ratner has also helmed the films “The Family Man,” “Red Dragon,” “After the Sunset,” “X-Men: The Last Stand” and “Tower Heist.” Also a successful producer, Ratner produced the smash hit comedy “Horrible Bosses” and is currently working on the sequel, due out in November 2014. Additionally, he produced the re-imagined Snow White tale, “Mirror Mirror.” His credits also include the documentaries “Catfish”; the Emmy-nominated “Woody Allen – A Documentary,” for PBS’s “American Masters” series; “Helmut by June,” for HBO; and “I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale.” Ratner also executive produced the Golden Globe-nominated television series Prison Break, which ran for four seasons on FOX.


Baseball Bicentennial Style : Stars & Strikes & Bad News Bears @ the AERO!

9781250034380Hey batter batter, Sa-wing! THURSDAY,AUGUST 28th @ 6:30 pm-AERO THEATER in Santa Monica

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Amanda & Engelberg.

Ogilvie & Thorpe & Miguel.

Kelly Leak.

Join us next Thursday night at the AERO Theater in Santa Monica as Coach Buttermaker leads the Bears onto the diamond for a screening of the 70′s classic, “The Bad News Bears”.

Also on hand will be author Dan Epstein, signing his great book, “Stars and Strikes-Baseball and America in the Bicentennial Summer of ’76″ and book that looks at the national pastime & the culture of America in that Olympic,Bicentennial year of  1976.

So, join us for a trip to the ballpark right before the end of the season and get, “Stars & Strikes” signed by Dan Epstein & see “the Bad News Bears”!

Here’s more on Dan’s book:

STARS AND STRIKES Baseball and America in the Bicentennial Summer of ‘76 by Dan Epstein

Dan Epstein scored a cult hit with Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride Through Baseball and America in the Swinging ‘70s. Now he returns with a riotous look at the most pivotal season of the decade. America, 1976: colorful, complex, and combustible. It was a year of Bicentennial celebrations and presidential primaries, of Olympic glory and busing riots, of “killer bees” hysteria and Pong fever. For both the nation and the national pastime, the year was revolutionary, indeed. On the diamond, Thurman Munson led the New York Yankees to their first World Series in a dozen years, but it was Joe Morgan and Cincinnati’s “Big Red Machine” who cemented a dynasty with their second consecutive World Championship. Sluggers Mike Schmidt and Dave Kingman dominated the headlines, while rookie sensation Mark “The Bird” Fidrych started the All-Star Game opposite Randy “Junkman” Jones. The season was defined by the outrageous antics of team owners Bill Veeck, Ted Turner, George Steinbrenner, and Charlie Finley, as well as by several memorable bench-clearing brawls, and a batting title race that became just as contentious as the presidential race. From Dorthy Hamill’s “wedge” haircut to Kojak’s chrome dome, American pop culture was never more giddily effervescent than in this year of Jimmy Carter, CB radios, AMC Pacers, The Bad News Bears, Rocky, Taxi Driver, the Ramones, KISS, Happy Days, Hotel California, and Frampton Comes Alive!—it all came alive in ’76! Meanwhile, as the nation erupted in a red-white-and-blue explosion saluting its two- hundredth year of independence, Major League Baseball players waged a war for their own liberties by demanding free agency. From the road to the White House to the shorts-wearing White Sox, Stars and Strikes tracks the tumultuous year after which the sport—and the nation—would never be the same.

Mabel & Mack & Me (my name is Larry)




WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 27th-7:30 pm here at the L.E.B.-Mabel & Mack & Me! On the eve of Cinecon, the annual festival so fantastic one of my employees becomes invisible, we present for you an evening we think you’ll enjoy. Not one, but 2 authors to tell the story of Mabel Normand, Mack Sennett ,Keystone & the early days of Hollywood. Jon Boorstin brings us “Mabel & Me” a fact based novel with more fact then most non-fiction on the subject. Brent Walker brings the new paperback edition of, “Mack Senett’s Fun Factory”, a filmography with over 1,000 credits, 280 photos & biographies on many of the early Keystone performers. What could make this night better? How about we show a couple of shorts featuring Mabel & friends? That should do it. So, if you’re down for Cinecon or just want a great Wednesday night out, pretend it’s 100 years ago, get in the Model T and come on over to Larry Edmunds Bookshop! It’s Mabel! It’s Mack! It’s Me! (my name is Larry). Below there is a little more book information for you to peruse. Hope we see you next Wednesday!


About the Book This is a comprehensive career study and filmography of Mack Sennett, cofounder of Keystone Studios, home of the Keystone Kops and other vehicles that showcased his innovative slapstick comedy. The filmography covers the more than 1,000 films Sennett produced, directed, wrote or appeared in between 1908 and 1955, including casts, credits, synopses, production and release dates, locations, cross-references of remade stories and gags, footage excerpted in compilations, identification of prints existing in archives, and other information. The book, featuring 280 photographs, also contains biographies of several hundred performers and technical personnel connected with Sennett. About the Author(s) Brent E. Walker is a web developer and historian who has contributed to numerous film publications, DVD commentaries, and Turner Classic Movies. He lives in Long Beach, California.

Mabel and Me is a novel about the Movies—a sharply observed, historically accurate, deliciously intimate story set in the earliest days of motion pictures. Beautifully told, this is a tale of Jack, his coming of age with the Movies,

and his passionate, destructive, and ultimately liberating love for one of the very first movie stars, the sweetheart of slapstick—Mabel Normand. Theirs is the story of the birth of the modern movie age. It’s a story they lived together. Day in, day out. Until they didn’t. Mabel Normand was the model for the modern woman: her brief life, from slapstick girl to box­office bonanza to drug addict to modern savvy star, embodied the evolution of the Movies. She was the Queen of Comedy,

a flapper a decade before flappers, the first to have her name emblazoned in the title of a picture, the first director of Charlie Chaplin’s tramp—not to mention the person who convinced Mack Sennett to give Chaplin his first break, immediately recognizing his comic genius.

Mabel was the first woman allowed to be both beautiful and funny, the model for the modern comedic star, and she was shockingly sexy at the time.

Watching Mabel on screen was like “being slapped in the face with a perfumed glove.” Author Jon Boorstin portrays her love affairs—all fact­based, particularly her defining, explosive relationship with Mack Sennett—with humor, poignancy, and drama. Mabel and Me takes us directly inside the world of the birth of the Movies, inside the world of

Hollywood 1912. We become obsessed with motion pictures, in love with their mesmerizing power. Entertaining, heartfelt, and

unexpected, Boorstin’s novel delivers us to the first moments of filmmaking and recreates the sense of all that was happening on film

and behind the scenes for the very first time. Written in a voice that’s side by side with Hollywood’s premier female movie star, one

that’s close to her, and from a perspective that’s often privy to what Normand is thinking—even when she starred with Chaplin in the first feature­length comedy ever made.

About Jon Boorstin: His first novel, Pay or Play, was called “the definitive send­up of Hollywood” by Publishers Weekly in a coveted starred review. His second, The Newsboys’ Lodging­House, won the New York Society Library Award for Historical Fiction.

Boorstin has also written a book of practical film theory, Making Movies Work, which is used in film schools all over the world.

The work of an Oscar®­nominated documentary filmmaker and longtime screenwriter and producer, Mabel and Me is the culmination of

Boorstin’s lifelong affair with the Movies.

Douglas Fairbanks is “The Gaucho” @ the EGYPTIAN!

SUNDAY,AUGUST 24 @ 5 pm @ the EGYPTIAN THEATER -Douglas Fairbanks is “The Gaucho” w/ author John Tibbetts & friends!

Join us at the Egyptian for  the one & only Douglas Fairbanks, musical accompaniment & author John Tibbetts signing his new book, “Douglas Fairbanks & the American Century”!


Book signing at 5 pm, movie at 5:30 pm


Co-presented by the Art Directors Guild Film Society and sponsored by The Hollywood Reporter: THE GAUCHO, 1927, Kino International, 115 min. Dir. F. Richard Jones. THE GAUCHO is unique among Douglas Fairbanks’ swashbucklers in both look and tone, taking place in a magnificent white city, high in the Andes, purpose-built for Fairbanks’ amazing stunts.  Playing an amoral Bandit King, he dances an erotic tango with the Mountain Girl – the first appearance of future screen sensation Lupe Velez. With live musical accompaniment by Cliff Retallick. Discussion following with Fairbanks expert John Tibbetts and Patricia Ward Kelly, moderated by production designer John Muto.

Here’s a little more information about the book:

Douglas Fairbanks and the American Century brings to life the most popular movie star of his day, the personification of the Golden Age of Hollywood. At his peak, in the teens and twenties, the swashbuckling adventurer embodied the new American Century of speed, opportunity, and aggressive optimism. The essays and interviews in this volume bring fresh perspectives to his life and work, including analyses of films never before examined.

Also published here for the first time in English is a first-hand production account of the making of Fairbanks’s last silent film, The Iron Mask.

Fairbanks (1883-1939) was the most vivid and strenuous exponent of the American Century, whose dominant mode after 1900 was the mass marketing of a burgeoning democratic optimism, at home and abroad. During those first decades of the twentieth century, his satiric comedy-adventures shadow-boxed with the illusions of class and custom. His characters managed to combine the American Easterner’s experience and pretension and the Westerner’s promise and expansion. As the masculine personification of the Old World aristocrat and the New World self-made man–tied to tradition yet emancipated from history–he constructed a uniquely American aristocrat striding into a new age and sensibility.

This is the most complete account yet written of the film career of Douglas Fairbanks, one of the first great stars of the silent American cinema and one of the original United Artists (comprising Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, Charles Chaplin, and D. W. Griffith). John C. Tibbetts and James M. Welsh’s text is especially rich in its coverage of the early years of the star’s career from 1915 to 1920 and covers in detail several films previously considered lost.

JOHN C. TIBBETTS, Lenexa, Kansas, is an associate professor of film and media studies at the University of Kansas and author of twenty books on a variety of subjects, the most recent being The Gothic Imagination: Conversations on Fantasy, Horror, and Science Fiction in the Media. JAMES M. WELSH, Salisbury, Maryland, professor emeritus at Salisbury University, cofounded Literature/Film Quarterly, which he edited for thirty-three years, and is the author of over twenty books, the most recent being The Oliver Stone Encyclopedia.





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