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Lee & the LARE! A night for Lee Marvin w/ Mitch Ryan & Dwayne Epstein!

THURSDAY,AUGUST 21st @ 7:30 pm-At Larry Edmunds Bookshop-Lee Marvin Night at the LARE!9781936182572

When author Dwayne Epstein’s biography, “Lee Marvin-Point Blank” came out last year, we couldn’t wait to do an event with him and we did a multi-night stand with the American Cinematheque that covered both theaters and some of Lee’s finest performances from, “Point Blank” to “Hell In the Pacific” to “the Killers” with special guest Clu Gulager.It certainly doesn’t hurt that we love Lee, so now that there’s a paperback, author Dwayne Epstein is back!  This time however we’re going to do it L.E.B. style here in the store & not only is Dwayne coming w/ a clips reel of some interesting Lee Marvin TV appearances & highlights for your viewing pleasure, actor Mitch Ryan will also be joining us to talk about working with Lee in, Monte Walsh” !

Mitch began his career in, “Thunder Road” with Robert Mitchum & went has gone on to have an outstanding career, not only featuring those 2 films, but roles on, “Dark Shadows” & “Dharma & Greg” as well lots & lots & lots more.Come on down to the Lare & enjoy a night of talking about an actor who redefined what a leading man could be in the 1960′s. Come on down & have a drink & celebrate Lee Marvin!

Thursday August 21 @ 7:30 pm. Where? At the Lare!





Full Frontal Tenudity! It’s Judy Tenuta live at the LARE!

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WEDNESDAY,AUGUST 20th @ 7:30 pm @ Larry Edmunds Bookshop-JUDY TENUTA in person! Full Frontal Tenudity!

Alright Love Slaves, the Love Goddess will be here at the L.E.B. in the flesh dispensing whatever punishment you deserve!

That’s right, we’re very excited to welcome the one & only Judy Tenuta here to the L.E.B. signing her brand new book “Full Frontal Tenudity”. Judy will be bringing a special edition with  a color photo section, not included in the new edition of the book. If that is not enough, Judy will also be reading from the book, and we’ll be showing some clips from her career! This will be a great night to laugh it up & you won’t want to miss out.

Caution: Full Frontal Tenudity ! Read at your own risk!

Need a good laugh? If you love the offbeat, wisecracking comedy of Sam Kinison and



Steven Wright, then you’re probably already a fan of Judy Tenuta, the Grammy Award-nominated comedian justly renowned for her brash persona, insult comedy, and hilariously shameless self-promotion as a “Love Goddess.”

Judy brazenly states, “Move over, Marianne Williamson! My new book is the greatest guide to happiness, fulfillment, and gut-wreching hilarity, and victims of Los Angeles public school system will especially love it because you don’t even have to know how to read! The pictures alone will put you into a fit of uncontrollable laughter!” Then, she paused, gazing wistfully into the distance to reflect. “My mother always told me I wouldn’t amount to anything because I procrastinate. I said, ‘Just wait.’”

Judy Tenuta gained notoriety as an accordion-playing stand-up comic in the mid-1980s. She has appeared on The Weird Al Show, music videos for Headline News and White & Nerdy,  Hollywood Squares, Street Smarts, and the 1998-1999 revival of Match Game. Her HBO, Showtime, and Lifetime comedy specials earned her a loyal following. She is also well-known for her voice work in as Edna on Duckman, as the Black Widow on Space Ghost Coast to Coast,[ and as herself in Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist.















Turn Up the Radio Final

AUGUST 13,14,16 &17 at the EGYPTIAN THEATER in  Hollywood! Book signings August 14 & 16 w/ Harbey Kubernik!

BOOK SIGNINGS with author Harvey Kubernik Thursday August 14 & Saturday  August 16 for his new book , “Turn Up the Radio-Rock, Pop & Roll in Los Angeles 1956-1972″

The American Cinematheque & author Harvey Kubernik have put together a really solid line-up of classic rock and roll viewing next week at the Egyptian Theater here in Hollywood.

It all starts Wednesday night, August 13th with , “The Doors Live At the Hollywood Bowl” + special guest, photographer Henry Diltz with a slide presentation.

The next night, August 14th we’ll be in the house with Harvey signing his new book at 6:30 pm in the lobby before “The T.A.M.I. Show” with director Steve Binder & John Landis in conversation. John was actually an attendee of the T.A.M.I. Show.

Saturday night, August 16th we’ll be back with Harvey signing at 6:30 pm before “Pushin’ Too Hard”, a brand new documentary on the Seeds , with director Neil Norman & Seeds Daryl Hooper & Jan Savage in person!

It all closes Sunday with a night devoted to Frank Zappa featuring the film, “Uncle Meat” & 2 shorts being world premiered. Special guest Gail Zappa will be in the house too!

For more details & ticket info :

In the meantime, TURN UP THE RADIO!

Here’s a litlle more info on the book you should buy :

The Book

Combining oral and illustrated history with a connective narrative, Turn Up the Radio! captures the zeitgeist of the Los Angeles rock and pop music world between the years of 1956 and 1972. Featuring hundreds of rare and previously unpublished photographs and images of memorabilia, this collection highlights dozens of iconic bands and musicians, including the Doors, the Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield, the Byrds, CSN, the Monkees, the Rolling Stones, Ike and Tina Turner, Elvis Presley, Eddie Cochran, Ritchie Valens, Sam Cooke, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Frank Zappa, Thee Midniters, Barry White, Sonny and Cher, and many others. Packed with exclusive interviews, this one-of-a-kind keepsake of rock, pop, and roll in the City of Angels is a must-have for any music fan.

The Author

Harvey Kubernik, a native of Los Angeles, California, has been a noted music journalist for over forty years. A former West Coast A&R director for MCA Records, Kubernik is the author of five books, including This Is Rebel Music, A Perfect Haze: The Illustrated History of the Monterey International Pop Festival (co-authored by Kenneth Kubernik), and Canyon of Dreams: The Magic and the Music of Laurel Canyon.

Turn Up the Radio Final

JASON LIVES @ at Larry Edmunds Bookshop w/ director Tom McLoughlin!



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WEDNESDAY,JULY 3oth @ 7:30 pm @ LARRY EDMUNDS BOOKSHOP!  Come get a photo with Jason!

Director /writer / musician Tom McLoughlin  w/ special guests Joseph Maddrey & JASON!

That’s right apparently, after being resurrected in “Jason Lives” our favorite cinematic serial killer has become a lifelong fan of Mr. McLoughlin’s and he’ll be joining us next Wednesday here at Larry Edmunds Bookshop!

Tom will be signing his book, “A Strange Idea For Entertainment…” with co-author Joseph Maddrey & a special guest appearance by JASON! Clips & conversation w/ the one & only Tom McLoughlin!

Tom McLoughlin’s reel life began in 1957 at the age of seven, making 8mm movies in the back lots of MGM studios. He was a magician during the 50s, a rock musician in the 60s (opening for groups like The Doors), a mime in the 70s (studying in Paris with Marcel Marceau), and a writer (Emmy nominated for his work with Dick Van Dyke & Company). In the 1980s, Tom fulfilled his childhood dream of becoming a filmmaker. He has directed more than 40 feature film and television projects, including Friday the 13th: Jason Lives and the Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated miniseries In a Child’s Name. Today he continues to pursue his eclectic passions, touring worldwide as the lead singer of the rock band The Sloths while preparing for postmortem appearances at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. This is the behind-the-scenes story of the strange business of creative obsession…. and one man’s strange idea of entertainment.

Also included in the book is a copy of the original treatment for  “Jason Lives” reprinted for the first time!

It will be a great night here next Wednesday at the LARE so, come on down for “A Strange Idea of Entertainment”!

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TIKI Time!-It’s “Don the Beachcomber” & “Tiki Pop” w/ author Sven Kirsten!



SUNDAY,JULY 27th-3 pm @ the EGYPTIAN THEATER- It’s “Don The Beachcomber” & “TIKI POP” w/ SVEN KIRSTEN!

Join us this Sunday at the Egyptian Theater for another Tiki extravanganza! We had so much fun last time, we’ve been invited back to be part of a whole new program brought to you by the Art Deco Society & the American Cinematheque with Tiki guru Sven Kirsten at the helm.

Sven will be signing the hot off the press new book from Taschen, “Tiki Pop” as well as a presentation on “Don the Beachcomber”.

Authors Ed Rampell & Luis Reyes will also be joining me once again signing, The Hawaii Movie & Television Book” too, so if you missed out last time, get a signed copy before you settle in for “Enchanted Island”.

We’ll be in the lobby from 3-4 pm with this Tiki book totem as well as from 5-5:30 pm for a break between the lecture & the film along with Tiki cocktails for your pleasure.


Sunday, July 27 – 4:00 PM                                          ART DECO LECTURE

“Don the Beachcomber,” 60 min. Ernest Gantt – better known as Don the Beachcomber – established a string of Polynesian bars and restaurants beginning in the 1930s. Author Sven Kirsten will give an illustrated presentation about this founding father of tiki culture. Followed by:

ENCHANTED ISLAND, 1958, Warner Bros., 93 min. The movie poster tagline screamed: Director Allan Dwan brought his trademark lyrical romanticism to this kitschy, bargain-basement adaptation of Herman Melville’s Typee. Shot on location as well as on some studio sets, this tiki-laden story of a deserting sailor (Dana Andrews) who falls in love with a native princess (Jane Powell, of all people!) gets the full Technicolor treatment.





























THRIVE w/ Arianna Huffington , LiveTalks LosAngeles & the LARE!


Wednesday, May 7, 2014-8:00 pm (Reception 6:30-7:30 pm)                                                                                                                                                                          THRIVE-book-cover-s-1

An Evening with Arianna Huffington

THRIVE: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder

All Saints Church-Beverly Hills

504 North Camden Drive- Beverly Hills, CA 90210

PURHASE TICKETS:$20 General Admission/$40 Includes Huffington’s new book, Thrive /$95 includes reserved seating + pre-event reception + the book

Arianna Huffington is the chair, president, and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, a nationally syndicated columnist, and author of fourteen books. In May 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, which in 2012, won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting.  She was named to the Forbes Most Powerful Women list in 2013, and to the Time 100, Time magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people in 2006 and 2011. Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in economics. At 21, she became president of the famed debating society, the Cambridge Union. She serves on several boards, including EL PAÍS, PRISA, the Center for Public Integrity, and the Committee to Protect Journalists.


Huffington’s new book THRIVE: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder  is a call to arms to redefine how we measure success both in our work and our personal lives.  Inspired by her 2013 commencement speech at Smith College and drawing on her experiences as a thought leader and working mother-of-two, Huffington shows how instead of settling for breaking through glass ceilings in broken corporate systems, women can change the system altogether by redefining what success is and what we value the most. Her speech touched a nerve and was quickly followed by conferences in New York, London, Munich and Hawaii, which received international attention and acclaim. The goal of these ‘Third Metric’ thinking is to look beyond money and power to include a third metric that recognizes the importance of well-being, wisdom, wonder, compassion and giving.


The way we currently define success leads to burnout, overwork, lack of sleep and being hyper-connected to technology—all to the detriment of our health, relationships, families, and even our careers. It is unsustainable for women, men, our communities, our nation and our planet. Huffington says we need a revolution in our lives—one that redefines what it means to be successful.


the Amazing Amy Tan & “The Valley of Amazement” w/ Live Talks Los Angeles

Tuesday,  May 6, 2014-8:00 pm (Reception 6:30-7:30 pm)

An Evening with Amy Tan in conversation with Lisa See discussing the writing life and her novel, The Valley of Amazement     2fd6884e1956971028ebec1141b009eb                                         Screen-Shot-2014-01-22-at-9.51.23-PM Screen-Shot-2014-01-27-at-3.58.44-PM

Ann and Jerry Moss Theater-Herb Alpert Educational Village

New Roads School-3131 Olympic Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 9o404


$20 General Admission/$30 Reserved Seats — SOLD OUT/$45 Includes Tan’s book + Reserved seat/$95 Includes Pre-event reception + book + Reserved Seats

Amy Tan is the author of The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God’s Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, The Bonesetter’s Daughter, The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life, and two children’s books, The Moon Lady and Sagwa, which has now been adapted as a PBS production. Tan was also a co-producer and co-screenwriter of the film version of The Joy Luck Club, and her essays and stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. Her work has been translated into thirty-five languages.  Visit her website.

Amy Tan’s The Valley of Amazement is a sweeping, evocative epic of two women’s intertwined fates and their search for identity, that moves from the lavish parlors of Shanghai courtesans to the fog-shrouded mountains of a remote Chinese village.

Spanning more than forty years and two continents, The Valley of Amazement resurrects pivotal episodes in history: from the collapse of China’s last imperial dynasty, to the rise of the Republic, the explosive growth of lucrative foreign trade and anti-foreign sentiment, to the inner workings of courtesan houses and the lives of the foreign “Shanghailanders” living in the International Settlement, both erased by World War II.

A deeply evocative narrative about the profound connections between mothers and daughters,The Valley of Amazement returns readers to the compelling territory of Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club. With her characteristic insight and humor, she conjures a story of inherited trauma, desire and deception, and the power and stubbornness of love.

Lisa See is the New York Times bestselling author of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, Shanghai Girls, and Dreams of Joy. She has also written a mystery series that takes place in China, as well as On Gold Mountain, which is about her Chinese-American family. Her next novel, China Dolls, will be released by Random House in June 2014.  Ms. See serves as a Los Angeles City Commissioner on the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Monument Authority.  She was honored as National Woman of the Year by the Organization of Chinese American Women in 2001 and was the recipient of the Chinese American Museum’s History Makers Award in Fall 2003. To learn more, please visit her web site at

Laugh w/ Live Talks Los Angeles, Dave Barry & the LARE!


Join us next Thursday as we laugh it up with Dave Barry on the Westside. Always enjoy an evening at the William Turner Gallery!

Thursday, May 1, 2014-(Reception 6:30-7:30 pm)8:00 pm


An Evening with Dave Barry


Dave Barry on Parenting and Other Topics He Knows Very Little About

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

PURCHASE TICKETS-$20 General Admission/$45 Includes Barry’s book + Reserved seat/$95 Includes pre-reception + Barry’s book + Reserved Seat

Dave Barry is the author of more than thirty books, including such national bestsellers as the nonfiction I’ll Mature When I’m Dead, Dave Barry’s Money Secrets, Dave Barry Turns 50, and Dave Barry’s Guide to Guys, as well as the novels Insane City, Tricky Business, Big Trouble, Lunatics (with Alan Zweibel), and his Peter Pan prequels (with Ridley Pearson).  Two of his books have been made into movies (Big Trouble and Dave Barry’s Guide to Guys), and a play based on his first Peter Pan book, Peter and the Starcatcher, is currently on a national tour after winning five Tony Awards on Broadway. For a while, his life was even a television series, Dave’s World.  He plays guitar in the all-author rock band, The Rock Bottom Remainders. For many years he wrote a nationally syndicated humor column, which won a Pulitzer Prize for Commentary.

Dave Barry’s new book is a brilliantly funny exploration of the twin mysteries of parenthood and families. In his New York Times–bestselling I’ll Mature When I’m Dead, Dave Barry embarked on the treacherous seas of adulthood, to hilarious results. What comes next? Parenthood, of course, and families.

In uproarious, brand-new pieces, Barry tackles everything from family trips, bat mitzvah parties and dating (he’s serious about that title: “When my daughter can legally commence dating—February 24, 2040—I intend to monitor her closely, even if I am deceased”) to funeral instructions (“I would like my eulogy to be given by William Shatner”), the differences between male and female friendships, the deeper meaning of Fifty Shades of Grey, and a father’s ultimate sacrifice: accompanying his daughter to a Justin Bieber concert (“It turns out that the noise teenaged girls make to express happiness is the same noise they would make if their feet were being gnawed off by badgers”).

Let’s face it: families not only enrich our lives every day, they drive us completely around the bend. Thank goodness we have Dave Barry as our guide!

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Bob Saget is “Dirty Daddy”! It’s Live Talks Los Angeles @ the AERO!


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Thursday, April 17 , 2014 8:00pm (Reception 6:30-7:30pm)

An Evening with Bob Saget in conversation with Kelly Oxford

Dirty Daddy: The Chronicles of a Family Man Turned Filthy Comedian – The Aero Theatre 1328 Montana Avenue Santa Monica, CA 90404

PURCHASE TICKETS:$20 General Admission/ $30 Reserved Seats /$40 Includes Saget’s book + Reserved seat/ $95 Includes Pre-event reception + Saget’s book + Reserved Seats

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Bob Saget is a Grammy-nominated stand-up comedian, actor, director, writer, producer, and television host who has been performing for more than thirty years. In his memoir, Saget, the decidedly irreverent stand-up comedian and beloved TV star, delivers uproarious, uncensored, and heartfelt stories from a life in entertainment and beyond. Millions of viewers know and love Bob Saget from his role as the sweetly neurotic father on the smash hit Full House, and as the charming wisecracking host of America’s Funniest Home Videos. And then there are the legions of fans who can’t get enough of his scatological, out-of-his-mind stand-up routines, comedy specials, and outrageously profane performances in such shows as HBO’s Entourage and the hit documentary The Aristocrats. In his bold and wildly entertaining publishing debut, Bob continues to embrace his dark side and gives readers the book they have long been waiting for—hilarious and often dirty yet warm and disarmingly sincere. Bob talks about the connection between humor and pain, offering insights into his own life, including the deaths of his beloved sisters. He pays homage to the people who shaped and inspired him: his mom, Dolly; his father, Ben (the comedy influence who instilled his love of “sick silliness”); and the teacher who told him, “You need to make people laugh,” as well as legendary comedians such as Richard Pryor, David Letterman, Billy Crystal, and Robin Williams. Bob believes there’s a time and a place for filth and immature humor—and for gentle family comedy. Dirty Daddy is packed with both, from his never-before-heard stories of what really went on behind the scenes of two of the most successful family shows of all times, with costars like John Stamos, Mary-Kate Olsen, and Ashley Olsen, to his liberating experience in The Aristocrats, his Comedy Central roast, and his role of playing an extreme version of himself on Entourage. Bob opens up about his career, his reputation for sick humor, his pride and love for Full House, and how he’s come to terms with the fame of being DT—”Danny Tanner.” Throughout, he shares tales of close friends and colleagues like Rodney Dangerfield and Don Rickles, and recalls his experiences with show business legends, including Johnny Carson and George Carlin. The book is a blend of silliness, vulgarity, wit, and heart, Dirty Daddy reveals Bob Saget as never before—a man who loves being funny and making people laugh above all else.

Kelly Oxford is the bestselling author of Everything is Perfect When You’re a Liar which Interview magazine called, “a hilariously mortifying memoir.” Kelly has written for such publications at GQ, Playboy, Variety, and Flare (Canada) and has sold multiple screenplays that are in development with, NBC, FOX, CBS, Anonymous Content, Legendary, and Warner Brothers. On screen she recently filmed cameos for a forthcoming untitled Cameron Crowe film and the Syfy Network’s Sharknado 2; she fully expects her scenes to be cut from both. Originally from Edmonton, Canada, she currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three children. Follow Kelly on Twitter and Instagram (@kellyoxford) and Tumblr (




















It’s “John Wayne-the Life and Legend” w/ author Scott Eyman pilgrim!



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MONDAY,APRIL 14th @ 7 pm @ Larry Edmunds Bookshop

We’re very happy to welcome acclaimed Hollywood author and NY Times bestseller Scott Eyman to the Larry Edmunds Bookshop.

As a book buyer, I have been ordering Scott’s books for years and he always tackles big subjects like DeMille, Ford & Mayer, or in this case the Duke.

Join us Monday evening as Scott brings “John Wayne-the Life & Legend” to the Lare, and if you can’t make it, we’ll send a copy across Monument Valley until it gets to you.

John Wayne was one of Hollywood’s most famous and most successful actors, but he was more than that. He became a symbol of America itself. He epitomized the Western film, which for many people epitomized America. He identified with conservative political causes from the early 1930s to his death in 1979, making him a hero to one generation of Americans and a villain to another. But unlike fellow actor Ronald Reagan, Wayne had no interest in politics as a career. Like many stars, he altered his life story, claiming to have become an actor almost by accident when in fact he had studied drama and aspired to act for most of his youth. He married three times, all to Latina women, and conducted a lengthy affair with Marlene Dietrich, as unlikely a romantic partner as one could imagine for the Duke. Wayne projected dignity, integrity, and strength in all his films, even when his characters were flawed, and whatever character he played was always prepared to confront injustice in his own way. More than thirty years after his death, he remains the standard by which male stars are judged and an actor whose morally unambiguous films continue to attract sizeable audiences.




Scott Eyman interviewed Wayne, as well as many family members, and he has drawn on previously unpublished reminiscences from friends and associates of the Duke in this biography, as well as documents from his production company that shed light on Wayne’s business affairs. He traces Wayne from his childhood to his stardom in Stagecoach and dozens of films after that. Eyman perceptively analyzes Wayne’s relationship with John Ford, the director with whom he’s most associated and who made some of Wayne’s greatest films, among them She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, The Quiet Man, and The Searchers. His evaluation of Wayne himself is shrewd: a skilled actor who was reluctant to step outside his comfort zone. Wayne was self-aware; he once said, “I’ve played the kind of man I’d like to have been.” It’s that man and the real John Wayne who are brilliantly profiled in Scott Eyman’s insightful biography of a true American legend.

Scott Eyman has written eleven books, including biographies of Hollywood legends such as John Ford, Ernst Lubitsch, Cecil B. DeMille, and Louis B. Mayer. He also collaborated with Robert Wagner on two books. He has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal, and he is the literary critic for The Palm Beach Post. He lives with his wife, Lynn, in West Palm Beach.


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