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Robert Mitchum Turns 100! A double-bill @ the Fine Arts!

TUESDAY,AUGUST 1st at 7 pm -Ahyra Fine Arts Theatre-8556 Wilshire Blvd. in Beverly Hills

Twofer Tuesday Launches Robert Mitchum Centennial August 1st w/ special guests Barrie Chase & author Jeremy Arnold !

We will be on hand to see one of the coolest cats ever to grace the silver screen & to make sure you can get a signed copy of “TCM the Essentials: 52 Must See Movies and Why They Matter”.

Laemmle Theatres and the Anniversary Classics Series celebrate the centennial of Hollywood icon Robert Mitchum (b. August 6, 1917) with two of his best roles, Out of the Past (1947, 70th anniversary) and Cape Fear (1962, 55th anniversary). The two acclaimed film noirs will be shown as a double feature on August 1 as part of the popular Twofer Tuesday (two for the price of one) program at a choice of three locations: the Ahrya Fine Arts, NoHo 7, and Pasadena Playhouse 7.

Mitchum was a contract player at RKO when he starred in Out of the Past, directed by Jacques Tourneur with a script by Geoffrey Homes (Daniel Mainwaring), adapting his novel, “Build My Gallows High.” Mitchum plays an ex-private eye entangled in a web of double-dealings by former criminal associates (gangster Kirk Douglas and old flame Jane Greer). Mitchum, described in the New York Times review of the day as “magnificently cheeky and self-assured,” entrenched his cynical, antihero image in this film.

Out of the Past, as author Jeremy Arnold notes in TCM’s The Essentials: 52 Must-See Movies and Why They Matter, “is the quintessential film noir. It has a tough hero, a supremely alluring femme fatale, hard-boiled dialogue, a commingling of sex and violence, expressionistic lighting…all set in an ominous world where death and double-cross are the norm.” The movie has been added to the National Film Registry.

Cape Fear came at the end of the classical black-and-white film noir period (1942-62), and stars Mitchum in his most memorable villainous role, Max Cady. In this adaptation by James R. Webb of James D. MacDonald’s novel, “The Executioners,” an ex-con plots insidious revenge on the lawyer (Gregory Peck) whose testimony sent him to prison. Director J. Lee Thompson was an admirer of Alfred Hitchcock, and paid homage to the Master of Suspense with camera angles and the use of his frequent collaborator, composer Bernard Herrmann, who provided a superbly menacing score. Mitchum was so convincing in the role that co-star Polly Bergen (as Peck’s wife) said she was ge

nuinely frightened in an improvised scene with him. Leonard Maltin calls Mitchum’s performance “believably creepy,” and the American Film Institute cited his portrayal of Cady as one of the top 30 “All-Time Screen Villains.” Martin Balsam, Lori Martin, Telly Savalas, and Barrie Chase co-star.
Barrie Chase will introduce CAPE FEAR, and film historian Jeremy Arnold will introduce OUT OF THE PAST, only at the Ahrya Fine Arts in Beverly Hills. Mr. Arnold will sign his book, TCM: The Essentials, also on sale at the Fine Arts.

Out of the Past shows at 5:15 & 9:30; Cape Fear shows at 7:15, at all three locations.

Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre
8556 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills CA 90211

Michele Anderson
NoHo 7
5240 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood CA 91601

Playhouse 7
673 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena CA 91101


Former Vice President Al Gore Live Talks “An Inconvenient Sequel”! Order a signed copy!

Sadly this event is SOLD OUT, but there is good news! You can still order a signed copy of “An Inconvenient Sequel-Truth To Power”!

Saturday, July 29, 2017 1pm (note this is an afternoon event)

Former Vice President Al Gore discussing his upcoming book, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre/ New Roads School/ Herb Alpert Educational Village – 3131 Olympic Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90404


Larry Edmunds Bookshop is proud to be part of this historic afternoon.



“We’re seeing a tremendous amount of positive change. The basis is there but it’s still not enough…Our world faces a true planetary emergency. I know the phrase sounds shrill, and I know it’s a challenge to the moral imagination.”

Former Vice President Al Gore spends the majority of his time as the chairman of The Climate Reality Project, a nonprofit devoted to solving the climate crisis. He is the co-recipient, with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, for “informing the world of the dangers posed by climate change.”

Gore was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1976, 1978, 1980, and 1982 and to the U.S. Senate in 1984 and 1990. He was inaugurated as the 45th vice president of the United States on January 20, 1993, and served eight years. Gore is the cofounder and chairman of Generation Investment Management. He is a senior partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and a member of Apple Inc.’s board of directors.

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power(2017)- The follow-up to his best-selling book, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power is an action handbook to help you learn the science, find your voice, and help solve the climate crisis. A companion documentary will be simultaneously released, opening July 28, 2017. His best selling books include Earth in the Balance, An Inconvenient Truth, The Assault on Reason, Our Choice, and, most recently, The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change.

Double the Dolly! Dolly Parton double feature w/ author Randy L. Schmidt!

SUNDAY, JULY 23rd-6:30 pm signing/7:30 pm movies -Dolly Parton Double Feature!

Author Randy L. Schmidt returns to the AERO Theatre where he previously joined us for his last book, ” Judy Garland on Judy Garland”. This time he is bringing a new volume on Dolly Parton & a really great pair of films too. Join us Sunday, July 23rd for “9 to 5”, “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” (35th Anniversary!), an introdction by Randy L. Schmidt & the book, “Dolly On Dolly-Interviews & Encounters with Dolly Parton.”


Introduction by author Randy L. Schmidt, who will sign his book Dolly on Dolly: Interviews and Encounters With Dolly Parton, in the lobby at 6:30 PM.

9 TO 5 (1980) 20th Century Fox, 110 min, Dir: Colin Higgins This classic from director Colin Higgins (writer of HAROLD AND MAUDE and director of SILVER STREAK) brilliantly brings together three of Hollywood’s favorite female stars – Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton – in an uproarious office farce. At Consolidated, the office manager (Tomlin), the vice president’s secretary (Parton) and the newest employee (Fonda) plot revenge against their sexist, egotistical and hypocritical boss Franklin Hart Jr. (Dabney Coleman). The scheme spins wildly out of control, forcing them to keep Hart tied up as they take over the company and run it their own way. Full of witty one-liners, great ’80s outfits and an unforgettable soundtrack (including Parton’s Oscar-nominated title song), this delightful, insightful comedy is so much fun “it’ll drive you crazy if you let it.”

 THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS (1982) Universal, 114 min, USA, Dir: Colin Higgins Among the most successful live-action musicals of the 1980s, this delightful adaptation of the Broadway smash pairs Dolly Parton as the local madam of Gilbert, Texas, and Burt Reynolds as the town sheriff, whose harmonious relationship is threatened by the arrival of scandal-mongering TV reporter Dom DeLuise. As the indecisive governor who holds the fate of the Chicken Ranch brothel in his hands, Charles Durning earned a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination.

Overview “Nobody knows Dolly like Dolly,” declares Dolly Parton. Dolly’s is a rags-to-riches tale like no other. A dirt-poor Smoky Mountain childhood paved the way for the buxom blonde butterfly’s metamorphosis from singer-songwriter to international music superstar. The undisputed “Queen of Country Music,” Dolly has sold more than 100 million records worldwide and has conquered just about every facet of the entertainment industry: music, film, television, publishing, theater, and even theme parks. It has been more than fifty years since Dolly Parton arrived in Nashville with just her guitar and a dream. Her story has been told many times and in many ways, but never like this. Dolly on Dolly is a collection of interviews spanning five decades of her career and featuring material gathered from celebrated publications including Rolling Stone, Cosmopolitan, Playboy, and Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine. Also included are interviews which have not been previously available in print. Dolly’s feisty and irresistible brand of humor, combined with her playful, pull-up-a-chair-and-stay-awhile delivery, makes for a fascinating and inviting experience in down-home philosophy and storytelling. Much like her patchwork “Coat of Many Colors,” this book harkens back to the legendary entertainer’s roots and traces her evolution, stitching it all together one piece at a time.

Randy L. Schmidt is the author of the acclaimed bestselling biography Little Girl Blue: The Life of Karen Carpenter and the editor of Judy Garland on Judy Garland and Yesterday Once More: The Carpenters Reader. He has also written articles for the Advocate and the Observer. He teaches music in Denton, Texas.


Double the DAN! A Dan Duryea double bill at the AERO w/ guests!

THURSDAY, JULY 20th- 6:30 pm signing/7:30 pm movies – AERO THEATRE-1328 Montana Ave. in Santa Monica

Dan Duryea double bill w/ author Mike Peros & Richard Duryea! Moderated by Alan K. Rode!

Join us for a great night of noir with this great Dan Duryea double bill in 35mm! You’ll be able to pick up a signed copy of the book, “Dan Duryea-Heel With A Heart” by author Mike Peros as well.

Get a goody bag with each new membership during the Montana Avenue Art Walk, from 5 – 9 PM. Montana Avenue will be transformed into Santa Monica’s longest art gallery … just for one night!
Discussion between films with Dan Duryea’s son Richard Duryea and author Mike Peros, moderated by Alan K. Rode.

35 mm!
1949, Universal, 87 min, USA, Dir: Robert SiodmakWhen he died in 1947, producer Mark Hellinger had just begun pre-production on this crime-infected love story. Thanks to the inspired vision of director Siodmak, CRISS CROSS now stands as perhaps the most darkly poetic rendering of amour fou in all film noir. Burt Lancaster and Dan Duryea plot a daring heist, while vying for the affections of sensual Yvonne DeCarlo. Remade by Stephen Soderbergh as THE UNDERNEATH.


35 mm!
1945, Universal, 81 min, USA, Dir: Roy William Neil
In this spellbinding adaptation of Woolrich’s thriller, noir favorite Dan Duryea gives a terrific performance as a pickled pianist whose estranged wife is murdered. When her husband is charged with the crime, nightclub canary June Vincent enlists drunken Dan’s help in a search for the real culprit. Broderick Crawford and Peter Lorre add muscle and menace to the typically warped Woolrich atmosphere, well rendered by director Roy William Neil.


Here’s more on the book :

Dan Duryea: Heel with a Heart By Mike Peros 240 pages, 63 b&w illustrations, filmography, bibliography


Dan Duryea (1907-1968) made a vivid impression on moviegoers with his firrst major screen appearance as the conniving Leo Hubbard in 1941’s classic melodrama The Little Foxes. His subsequent film and television career would span from 1941 until his death. Duryea remains best known for the nasty, scheming villains he portrayed in such noir masterpieces as Scarlet Street, Criss Cross, and The Woman in the Window. In each of these, he wielded a blend of menace, sleaze and surface charm. This winning combination led him to stardom and garnered him the adoration of female fans, even though Duryea’s onscreen brutality so often targeted female characters. Yet this biography’s close examination of Duryea’s oeuvre finds him excelling in various roles in many genres–war films, westerns, crime dramas, and even the occasional comedy.

Dan Duryea: Heel with a Heart is a full-scale, comprehensive biography that examines the tension between Duryea’s villainous screen image and his Samaritan personal life. At home, he proved one of Hollywood’s most honorable and decent men. Duryea remained married to the former Helen Bryan from 1931 until her death in 1967. A dedicated family man, he and Helen took an active role in raising their children and in the community. In his career, Duryea knew villainous roles were what the public wanted–there would be a public backlash if fans read an article depicting what a decent guy he was. Frustrated that he couldn’t completely shake his screen image and public persona, he wrestled with this restriction throughout his career. Producers and the public did not care to follow any new directions he hoped to pursue. This book, written with Duryea’s surviving son Richard’s cooperation, fully explores the life and legacy of a Hollywood icon ready for rediscovery.

MIKE PEROS, New York, New York, teaches English at Bishop Loughlin High School, including courses on mystery and horror, as well as literature and film. He also reviews films for

Al Franken is a “Giant of the Senate” w/ interviewer Chelsea Handler!

 Saturday, July 8, 2017 8pm

Senator Al Franken in conversation with Chelsea Handler discussing his memoir, Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

The Alex Theatre 216 North Brand Boulevard Glendale, CA 91203

PURCHASE TICKETS  *All tickets include a copy of Sen. Franken’s book.

A book signing follows the event at which Sen. Franken will only be signing copies of his new book. Please note seating is on a first come basis in each section. * A limited number of tickets are available for a pre-reception, 6-6:45 pm with Sen. Franken in attendance.

As always, signed copies are available for order for those who cannot attend.

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Senator Al Franken has represented Minnesota in the United States Senate since 2009. He was first elected in 2008 and re-elected in 2014. Al Franken, Giant of the Senate, by Al Franken is the story of an award-winning comedian who decided to run for office and then discovered why award-winning comedians tend not to do that. It’s about an unlikely campaign that had an even more improbable ending: the closest outcome in history and an unprecedented eight-month recount saga, which is pretty funny in retrospect. In this candid personal memoir, the honorable gentleman from Minnesota takes his army of loyal fans along with him from Saturday Night Live to the campaign trail, inside the halls of Congress, and behind the scenes of some of the most dramatic and/or hilarious moments of his new career in politics. It’s a book about what happens when the nation’s foremost progressive satirist gets a chance to serve in the United States Senate and, defying the low expectations of the pundit class, actually turns out to be good at it. It’s a book about our deeply polarized, frequently depressing, occasionally inspiring political culture, written from inside the belly of the beast.

Before entering politics, Al spent 37 years as an award-winning comedy writer, author, and radio talk show host and has taken part in seven USO tours, visiting our troops overseas in Germany, Bosnia, Kosovo, Uzbekistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kuwait. He’s been married to his wife, Franni, for 41 years-many of them happy. They have two children, Thomasin and Joe, and three grandchildren. Senator Franken graduated from Harvard College.

Has Al Franken become a true Giant of the Senate? Franken asks readers to decide for themselves. Visit his Senate website. More about Al Franken on his website.

Chelsea Handler is host of “Chelsea” on  Netflix, a global on-demand talk show with segments from around the world that tapes in front of a live audience in Los Angeles. It features conversations with celebrities, dignitaries, and surprise guests on topics like international cultures, alternative lifestyles, education, health, sports, parenting, politics, and more. Prior to that she hosted E!’s top rated “Chelsea Lately” for eight years. Handler’s five best-selling books include My Horizontal Life, Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea, Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang, Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me, and 2014’s Uganda Be Killing Me, her fourth nonfiction title to debut at No. 1 on The New York Times best-seller list.

This Live Talks Los Angeles event is presented in association with Glendale Arts. Ticket sales are final. We do not offer refunds, except in the case of event cancellations or changes to dates of events if you cannot make the rescheduled date.


It’s “The NIX” w/ Nathan Hill! Live Talks at the Santa Monica Public Library!

Monday, June 26, 2017 7:30 pm

Presented in association with Santa Monica Public Library

An Evening with Nathan Hill discussing the writing life and his debut novel, The Nix

Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium/ Santa Monica Public Library – 601 Santa Monica Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90401

This event is part of our Newer Voices Series. General Admission tickets are complimentary, but we encourage you to support these newer authors and purchase their books.

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Pre-purchasing the book includes a Reserved Seat ($18.62)

Nathan Hill‘s short fiction has appeared in many literary journals, including The Iowa Review, AGNI, The Gettysburg Review, and Fiction, where he was awarded the annual Fiction Prize. A native Iowan, he lives with his wife in Naples, Florida. The Nix is his first novel.

“The Nix is a mother-son psychodrama with ghosts and politics, but it’s also a tragicomedy about anger and sanctimony in America. . . . Nathan Hill is a maestro.” —John Irving

It’s 2011, and Samuel Andresen-Anderson hasn’t seen his mother, Faye, in decades—not since she abandoned the family when he was a boy. Now she’s reappeared, having committed an absurd crime that electrifies the nightly news and inflames a politically divided country. The media paints Faye as a radical hippie with a sordid past, but as far as Samuel knows, his mother was an ordinary girl who married her high-school sweetheart. Which version of his mother is true? Two facts are certain: she’s facing some serious charges, and she needs Samuel’s help. To save her, Samuel will have to embark on his own journey, uncovering long-buried secrets about the woman he thought he knew, secrets that stretch across generations and have their origin all the way back in Norway, home of the mysterious Nix. As he does so, Samuel will confront not only Faye’s losses but also his own lost love, and will relearn everything he thought he knew about his mother, and himself.


Eric (the Young & the Restless) Braeden signs “I’ll Be Damned” at Goethe Institut!

SATURDAY,JUNE 24th 5-7 pm – GOETHE-INSTITUT- LOS ANGELES 5750 Wilshire Boulevard Suite 100

BOOK SIGNING AND DISCUSSION with Actor & Author Eric Braeden!


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At this afternoon “Meet & Greet” event, Emmy & People’s Choice Award-winning actor and author Eric Braeden will discuss, and sign copies of his memoir, I’LL BE DAMNED: How My Young and Restless Life Led Me to America’s #1 Daytime Drama.

In this startlingly candid, and poignant memoir, Eric Braeden, the legendary Emmy & People’s Choice Award-winning star of America’s #1 soap opera, The Young and The Restless, chronicles his amazing life, from his birth in World War II Germany to his arrival in America to his rise to humanitarian and daytime superstar for the past thirty-five years. Braeden’s journey from his birth in a hospital basement at the end of World War II in Kiel, Germany to the soundstages of Los Angeles has taught him more about joy, heartbreak, fear, dignity, loss, love, loneliness, exhilaration, courage, persecution, and profound responsibility to the global community than he could have hoped to learn in several lifetimes. Growing up in the years after Germany’s defeat, Braeden knew very little about the atrocities of his parents’ generation, until he arrived in America as a teenager—a discovery that horrified and transformed him. Trying to redress the wrongs of his homeland, he has dedicated his life to humanitarian work—even forming the German American Culture Society—working for decades to show the world that what we share as humans is far more important than what separates us from one another. Told with openness, candor, humor, heart, and occasional raw vulnerability, I’ll Be Damned reveals a man committed to making the world a better, more loving place.

ERIC BRAEDEN- Since February 2, 1980, Eric Braeden has starred on the iconic daytime series The Young and the Restless, winning a Daytime Emmy for his role as the complex self-made billionaire Victor Newman. Braeden has also starred in films and has many other television credits. In the 1960s and 1970s, he guest-starred on more television series than any other actor arguably in television history, and has starred on Broadway and in numerous theater productions, including Shakespeare recitals. Presented in cooperation with German World, and HarperCollins Publishers.

$1 validated parking (for events only) on weekdays after 6:00 pm and all day on weekends in the Wilshire Courtyard West underground garage-P1.

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Here’s more about the book :

I’LL BE DAMNED-How My Young and Restless Life Led Me to America’s #1 Daytime Drama


With a foreword by Stephen A. Smith

“In show business, people see your glory, but they don’t know your story. Eric Braeden’s life is quite the story. Victor ain’t got nothing on Eric; believe me! Eric is a citizen artist whose wisdom comes from suffering and struggle. He’s never let misery have the last word, and we are grateful for his artistic gifts and his humanitarian efforts. I salute him.”
— Tavis Smiley

“An actor of film, stage, and TV who brilliantly portrays one of the most indelible characters in the
history of daytime television.”
— Leslie Moonves, Chairman and CEO, CBS Corporation

“Few guests on my show ‘Politically Incorrect’ lived up to that billing quite like Eric Braeden.
He continues the tradition in retelling his unique and compelling journey.”
— Bill Maher, host of Real Time with Bill Maher

“So many of us can benefit from what he conveys to us all.”
— From the foreword by Stephen A. Smith, ESPN
Fans of television’s #1 rated daytime drama “The Young and the Restless” know Eric Braeden as billionaire Victor Newman. While the iconic part won him a daytime Emmy, a People’s Choice Award, and contributed to his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Eric, born Hans-Jörg Gudegast in Nazi Germany, is a far more complex character in real life than he plays on TV.

In I’LL BE DAMNED: How My Young and Restless Life Led Me to America’s #1 Daytime Drama (Dey Street Books; On sale February 7, 2017), Braeden shares his fantastic journey from his birth in Kiel, Germany, in 1941 to the soundstages of Los Angeles. With unflinching candor, he chronicles this extraordinary life story—that of a German teenager, born at the height of WWII, who arrived in America somewhat oblivious to the atrocities of the Holocaust.

When Braeden was twenty years old, he went to see the Swedish film Mein Kampf. He left that film—a documentary about the atrocities committed by Hitler and the Nazis—an irrevocably changed man, determined to confront his family, filled with rage, shame, and a profound confusion. He writes, “The more I learned, the more impassioned I became, and the more I felt the need to atone on behalf of my country, to find a meaningful way to say, ‘Germans are not all like that! I’m not like that!’” Trying to redress the wrongs of his homeland, Braeden has dedicated his life off camera to humanitarian work.

Now, in this moving memoir, Braeden recounts tales from every stage of his career, from his starring role in “The Rat Patrol” in the 1960s to his first time credited as Eric Braeden in “Colossus: The Forbin Project” to the steps of the winding staircase in “Titanic.” He opens up about his quest to find meaning in the difficult and sometimes frustrating work of his early career, cast in movie after movie as the stereotypical German soldier. He describes travelling around the world with his beloved bride and young son to gorgeous film locations and having the sincere honor of meeting such personal role models as Muhammad Ali and Marlon Brando. And with surprising modesty and humor, Braeden details his thrilling rise to stardom on Y&R, disclosing insider stories and hilarious anecdotes from the set.

Through it all, Braeden demonstrates his dedication to righting the wrongs of his native land, and to fighting prejudice, from his participation on the Maccabees—a Jewish soccer team made up of expats who became lifelong friends—to his participation in the annual March of the Living, visiting the concentration camps in Poland with Christians and Jews to honor the millions who perished there.

Filled with 16 pages of photos from Braeden’s decorated life and career, I’LL BE DAMNED will be a keepsake not only for Y&R fans, but also for those interested in a redemptive story about a life dedicated to humanitarian service.



The One Device-the Story of the i Phone w/ Brian Merchant & Live Talks

Thursday, June 22, 2017- 8pm

Brian Merchant in conversation with Claire L. Evans discussing his upcoming book, The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone

Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre/ New Roads School/ Herb Alpert Educational Village

3131 Olympic Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90404


The secret history of the invention that changed everything-and became the most profitable product in the world.

June 29, 2017, marks the 10th anniversary of the device that changed our world—the iPhone. Brian Merchant is an editor at Motherboard, Vice’s science and technology outlet, and the founder and editor of Terraform, its online fiction outlet. His work has appeared in the Guardian, Slate, Vice, Salon, Fast Company, Discovery, GOOD, Paste, and elsewhere.

“The One Device is a tour de force, with fast-paced edge and heaps of analytical insight.” -Ashlee Vance, New York Times bestselling author of Elon Musk

“A stunning book. You will never look at your iPhone the same way again.” -Dan Lyons, New York Times bestselling author of Disrupted

Odds are that as you read this, an iPhone is within reach. But before Steve Jobs introduced us to “the one device,” as he called it, a cell phone was merely what you used to make calls on the go. How did the iPhone transform our world and turn Apple into the most valuable company ever? Veteran technology journalist Brian Merchant reveals the inside story you won’t hear from Cupertino-based on his exclusive interviews with the engineers, inventors, and developers who guided every stage of the iPhone’s creation. This deep dive takes you from inside One Infinite Loop to 19th century France to WWII America, from the driest place on earth to a Kenyan pit of toxic e-waste, and even deep inside Shenzhen’s notorious “suicide factories.” It’s a firsthand look at how the cutting-edge tech that makes the world work-touch screens, motion trackers, and even AI-made their way into our pockets. The One Device is a roadmap for design and engineering genius, an anthropology of the modern age, and an unprecedented view into one of the most secretive companies in history. This is the untold account, ten years in the making, of the device that changed everything. The One Device includes interviews with key members of the original team behind the iPhone—many of whom have never before spoken on the record, including star Apple designers Imran Chaudri and Bas Ording, as well as dozens of other Apple employees—about creating the prototypes and building the software that determines how we interact with the machines today. Merchant speaks to Henri Lamiraux, former Apple VP of software; Tony Fadell, the creator of the iPod and former head of iPhone hardware; Tom Gruber, the engineer who co-created Siri; and hundreds of inventors, laborers, and iPhone pioneers.

To trace the story of the iPhone, Merchant traveled to every inhabited continent, from the Bolivian highlands to the city of Shenzhen, using “the one device” to document the effort. He took 8,000 photos, recorded 200 hours of interviews, tapped out hundreds of Notes, and had dozens of FaceTime sessions with his family back home. He went through three different iPhones: an iPhone 6, whose screen was broken and repaired three times, a black-market 4S that he bought in China but which was stolen in Chile, and an iPhone 7 he snapped up on its launch day.

Claire L. Evans is an American singer, writer, and artist based in Los Angeles, California. She is the lead singer of the pop duo YACHT. Evans joined YACHT in 2008 after sharing a “mystical experience” with collaborator Jona Bechtolt, and has recorded three albums, See Mystery Lights, Shangri-La, and I Thought the Future Would Be Cooler with Bechtolt. She also appeared as a guest on YACHT’s third album, I Believe in You. Your Magic Is Real. Known for her androgynous onstage persona as a performer, she has been called a “neo-Annie Lennox” by the New York Times.NPR music journalist Bob Boilen has referred to her as “one of the most striking performers I’ve seen in a rock band.” She is a member of the feminist collective Deep Lab. In addition, Evans is a science journalist, with a popular science and culture blog, Universe, hosted by National Geographic’s Scienceblogs network. She is the co-author of New Art/Science Affinities, a book about contemporary artists working at the intersection of science and technology. She is also the author of a collection of essays called High Frontiers, published by Publication Studio, a small press in Portland, Oregon. In August 2013, she became the editor-in-chief of OMNI Reboot, a new online version of the science magazine OMNI. She is currently the Futures Editor of Motherboard, Vice (magazine)‘s technology and science website. 

An Afternoon for Alan Sues w/ author Michael Greg Michaud!


SATURDAY, JUNE 17th at 4pm-Larry Edmunds Bookshop in Hollywood

Author Michael Gregg Michaud is returning to the LARE!

A 3 time signer here for his wonderful, “Sal Mineo-A Biography” & “Diane McBain-Famous Enough” (written w/ Diane), we are happy to welcome his return with his latest book, “Alan Sues-A Funny Man”. Join us for an afternoon of clips & conversation celebrating the humor & behind the scenes struggles & joy of a man most of us are familiar with from Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In. There is much more to the story, and you can find out next Saturday afternoon as we celebrate an afternoon for Alan Sues!

As always, mail order a copy if you cannot join us.

Alan Sues, critically acclaimed actor/comedian, first appeared in a road tour of Happy Birthday before achieving attention on Broadway in Tea and Sympathy (1953-1955) with Deborah Kerr. Years of later work in films (The Americanization of Emily, 1964), on television (The Twilight Zone, 1964; The Wild Wild West, 1965; The Doris Day Show, 1968), and in theater led to his breakthrough appearances on the outrageously funny Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In (1968-1972). Few knew about Alan’s heartbreaking struggle with personal demons, including uncaring and alcoholic parents, his own alcoholism and depression, and his secret sexuality as a gay man. He hid his struggles behind a mask of comical antics and charm, and he continued amusing audiences throughout his later career in national tours of Good News (1972), Sugar (1974), Sherlock Holmes (1975-1976), Sugar Babies (1987), and Singin’ in the Rain (1986-1987). Alan’s story of survival and resiliency of spirit imbues Michael Gregg Michaud’s richly researched biography that draws from dozens of hours of recorded interviews with Alan and his own years spent caring for him until his death. Discover Alan’s time with Leonard Nimoy, Lily Tomlin, Sammy Davis Jr., Tiny Tim, Goldie Hawn, Paul Lynde, Phyllis Diller, Ricky Nelson, Lucille Ball, and Jonathan Winters; his candid tales of underground gay clubs in Hollywood during the 1940s; the legendary Manhattan nightclubs of the 1950s; Broadway, summer stock theater, and early television; and Alan’s memories of behind-the-scenes squabbles on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In.

Illustrated with more than 100 photographs including personal, family photos, scenes from television shows including Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, and photos of Alan’s many stage characterizations. Appendices include several never before seen scripts and television pilot proposals written by Alan.

About the author: Michael Gregg Michaud is the author of the best-selling Lambda Literary Award-winning Sal Mineo, A Biography, and co-author with Diane McBain of Famous Enough, A Hollywood Memoir.

“Alan Sues was the funniest person I’ve ever known. Not just as a performer, but as a person.” – Ruth Buzzi

“When Alan dressed like me in curls, a boa, a dress and false eyelashes, he looked better than me.” – Jo Anne Worley

“Alan was a true comedy original.” – Fred Willard

“Alan was a very talented performer who everyone loved having around. He was hilarious. He was always funny, even when he wasn’t trying to be.” – Gary Owens

“Alan was a delight, a real upper. He was a happy force field of energy who had an outrageous look at life. He could take a straight line and make it funny as hell.” – George Schlatter, Executive Producer Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In

Tippi Hedren Time @ the Sportsmen’s Lodge!

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14th 6:15-9:30 pm-It’s Tippi Hedren in conversation & signing her book, “Tippi-A Memoir”

Book Publicists of Southern California present this evening with Tippi Hedren

For ticket information or information on becoming a member, contact :

Sportsmen’s Lodge, Waterfalls Room

12825 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604-2368

Agenda: Networking: 5:30 pm; All You Can Eat Buffet Dinner: 7 pm; Program 8:15 pm; Over by 10.

Cost: $37.50 each paid-up member & their guest when paid in advance. $10 for program only (no dinner) Reserve by noon on event day.

Directions / 101 Freeway:Coldwater Canyon exit, drive west almost to Ventura Blvd. Enter from Coldwater Canyon or Ventura Blvd. Entrance is on the left / east side off Coldwater Cyn.

Hot Book PR tips & strategies from these Super Speakers:

HARLAN BOLL, the legendary literary and entertainment publicist whose client roster includes Carol Channing, Valerie Harper, Rich Little, Tippi Hedren (see below)…

GAYL MURPHY, famed media coach AKA “The Celebritizer,” veteran Hollywood reporter, author of the bestseller Interview Tactics: How to Survive the Media Without Getting Clobbered, plus, how to make book signings work for you!

TIPPI HEDREN, major Hollywood star for decades, animal rights activist, author of a new book, A Memoir, detailing her run-ins with the controlling director Alfred Hitchcock (starred in his films, “The Birds” and “Marnie”). Her book will be on sale.

Doors open 5:30 p.m. for cocktails/networking 7 p.m. all-you-can-eat buffet dinner 8 p.m. program starts promptly Cost–$37.50 for dinner (includes tax/tip) $10 if you just want program only Send check for $37.50* immediately to BPSC founder Irwin Zucker 714 Crescent Drive Beverly Hills, CA 90210 (Call 323 461-3921)

Tickets will be held for you at the door; full refund if you cancel by 2 p.m. day of event 323-461-3921 or email

*Also, please renew your BPSC membership, adding $40 for this year’s dues (If you’ve already done this, huge thanks to you!) The program will end by 10 p.m. So, JOIN US — and tell a friend!  Celebrating Our 41st Year!

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