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The Big Sleep turns 70 w/ author Phoef Sutton!


Author Phoef Sutton In Person!


Introduction by author Phoef Sutton, who will sign “Crush”, his new novel about an L.A. bouncer caught up in intrigue, in the lobby at 6:30 PM.

Free to Members, with a pre-screening Members-only reception courtesy of FilmLA. Regular ticket pricing for non-Members.

35 mm!70th Anniversary! THE BIG SLEEP 1946, Warner Bros., 114 min, USA, Dir: Howard Hawks The second of the Bacall-Bogart-Hawks collaborations turns Raymond Chandler’s acidic novel into a surprisingly exuberant piece of escapist entertainment. Packed with quotable lines (courtesy not only of Chandler but screenwriters William Faulkner, Leigh Brackett, and Jules Furthman) and colorful supporting players (including Dorothy Malone and Elisha Cook Jr.), it’s both an elaborately plotted detective story and a breezy (and hilarious) romantic comedy. Bogart is sardonic private eye Philip Marlowe and Bacall is the fast, funny and very sexy daughter of his wealthy and mysterious client.

Here’s a little more about “Crush”:

L.A. BODYGUARD CRUSH MUST UNTANGLE THE MESS OF A BILLIONAIRE TYCOON AND HIS WILD DAUGHTER Caleb Rush, aka Crush, is the toughest, coolest bodyguard/bouncer in Los Angeles, a man who lives strictly to his own moral code, which doesn’t exactly hew to the standards of U.S. law. When Amelia Trask, the wild daughter of a scruples-free billionaire tycoon, comes to Crush for help, his quiet life roars into overdrive, and he has to use his wits, brawn, martial-arts training, and knowledge of the Russian mafia to stay alive and untangle the mess than young Amelia has wrought. Crush is a rollicking, page-turning ride through L.A., full of action, suspense, memorable characters, and a sly wit, from Emmy-winning writer Phoef Sutton.crush-final


Phoef Sutton is television writer, novelist, and playwright whose work has won two Emmys, a Peabody, a Writers Guild Award, a GLAAD Award, and a Television Academy Honors Award. He was an executive producer of Cheers, a writer/producer for such shows as Boston Legal and NewsRadio, a writer for Terriers, and the creator of several TV shows, including the cult hit Thanks. He is the co-author with Janet Evanovich of the brand-new New York Times bestseller Wicked Charms; he’s working with Evanovich on another in the series now. Phoef is also the author of the romantic thriller 15 Minutes to Live and the co-author of a new serialized novel, Dead Man. Listen to his interview on CooperTalk as he talks about his TV career, how he got into writing books, and his newer novels — including Crush.

THE BUZZ IS BUILDING A Summer Reading Page-Turner! “With nonstop action and variations on the man-with-a-gun distraction that go Chandler one better, Crush is also an homage of sorts to Chandler’s pulp fiction and, moreover, Elmore Leonard’s crime fiction. Like Leonard, Sutton writes great dialogue and lavishes almost as much care and attention on his villains as he does his heroes.” — Los Angeles Times “This brief novel crackles with sharp dialogue — “if you can’t lie to your wife, who can you lie to?”— and a witty narrative voice that put the reader in mind of Elmore Leonard… This one could make it to the big screen, but don’t wait for the movie. Buy the book. It may be the first of a long series.” — Kirkus Reviews “

As slick as a switchblade with a pearl handle.” — LEE CHILD, the New York Times–bestselling author of the Jack Reacher novelsHumphrey-Bogart-and-Laure-001

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HAPPY 2016! the Many Lives of Cy Endfield @ the WILDER!

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SATURDAY,JANUARY 9th @ 6:30 pm at the Billy Wilder Theater in Westwood

The Hammer Museum-10899 Wilshire Boulevard

HAPPY 2016 movie & book fans!

Here’s hoping you have had a wonderful holiday season, but enough time with family & friends already! It’s time for movies & books!

Here at the LARE we are getting ready to fire up the New Year with another stellar line-up of guests & screenings & signings with many of the best in the business. We started last year off at the Billy Wilder, and here we go again! Wishing you all the finest of years & hoping we see soon you sooner than later.

Join us this Saturday, January 9th  for the opening night of “Sound & Fury: The Films of Cy Endfield” with a fantastic noir double  bill, “The Underworld Story” & “Try and Get Me” .

On hand will be author Brian Neve who will be signing copies of his latest book, “The Many Lives of Cy Endfield” in the lobby at 6:30 pm before the films.

The schedule for the films, which will also include “Hell Drivers” & “Zulu” can be found at :

Here’s a little more about the book :

The Many Lives of Cy Endfield Film Noir, the Blacklist, and Zulu

Cy Endfield (1914–1995) was a filmmaker who was also fascinated by the worlds of close-up magic, science, and invention. After directing several distinctive low-budget films in Hollywood, he was blacklisted in 1951 and fled to Britain rather than “name names” before HUAC, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Un-American Activities Committee. The Pennsylvania-born Endfield made films that exhibit an outsider’s eye for his adopted country, including the working-class “trucking” drama Hell Drivers and the cult film Zulu—a war epic as politically nuanced as it is spectacular. Along the way he encountered Orson Welles, collaborated with pioneering animator Ray Harryhausen, published a book of his card magic, and co-invented an early word processor that anticipated today’s technology. The Many Lives of Cy Endfield is the first book on this fascinating figure. The fruit of years of archival research and personal interviews by Brian Neve, it documents Endfield’s many identities: among them second-generation immigrant, Jew, Communist, and exile. Neve paints detailed scenes not only of the political and personal dramas of the blacklist era, but also of the attempts by Hollywood directors in the postwar 1940s and early 1950s to address social and political controversies of the day. Out of these efforts came two crime melodramas (what would become known as film noir) on inequalities of class and race: The Underworld Story and The Sound of Fury (also known as Try and Get Me!). Neve reveals the complex production and reception histories of Endfield’s films, which the critic Jonathan Rosenbaum saw as reflective of “an uncommon intelligence so radically critical of the world we live in that it’s dangerous.” The Many Lives of Cy Endfield is at once a revealing biography of an independent, protean figure, an insight into film industry struggles, and a sensitive and informed study of an underappreciated body of work.

Brian Neve is an honorary reader in politics and film at the University of Bath. He is the author of Film and Politics in America: A Social Tradition and Elia Kazan: The Cinema of an American Outsider and coeditor of “Un-American” Hollywood: Politics and Film in the Blacklist Era.


Hollywood Celebrates the Holidays (w/ Karie & Mary) & classic Christmas flicks!

978-0-7643-4964-5Larry Edmunds Bookshop sure was happy to host the launch party for our friends Karie Bible & Mary Mallory last month here in the store.

Now, they’re back with 3 great nights of Christmas cheer and the great holiday gift book for a loved one or yourself this holiday season!

Join us for 2 nights at the AERO THEATER in Santa Monica & 1 night at the EGYPTIAN THEATER , see a holiday classic & get a great signed book too!


WHITE CHRISTMAS / HOLIDAY INN Introduction by Karie Bible and Mary Mallory, who will sign their book, Hollywood Celebrates the Holidays, in the lobby at 6:30 PM.

WHITE CHRISTMAS 1954, Paramount, 120 min, Dir: Michael Curtiz Director Michael Curtiz’s (CASABLANCA) Christmas classic was Paramount’s first film shot in widescreen Vistavision. Army buddies turned postwar song-and-dance team Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye find romance with Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen while rescuing their former commanding officer (Dean Jagger) from financial ruin. With 13 songs highlighted by the train rendition of Irving Berlin’s “Snow” and the Oscar-nominated “Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep.”

HOLIDAY INN 1942, Universal, 100 min, USA, Dir: Mark Sandrich In an all-too-rare pairing, Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire star as song-and-dance men vying for the heart of Marjorie Reynolds while performing at a club open only on holidays. Irving Berlin supplied the film’s story and all of its songs, including Oscar winner “White Christmas.” This musical gem inspired the name of the famous hotel chain.



IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE Introduction by Karie Bible and Mary Mallory, who will sign their book, Hollywood Celebrates the Holidays, in the lobby at 6:30 PM.

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE 1946, Paramount, 130 min, Dir: Frank Capra Director Frank Capra’s inspiring classic balances pathos and joy in the tale of distraught George Bailey (James Stewart at his finest), who is about to commit suicide on Christmas Eve – until helpful, elderly angel Clarence (Henry Travers) shows him how his death would affect those around him. Featuring Donna Reed as the love of George’s life in the role that launched her to stardom, and a young, charming Gloria Grahame. If you’ve only seen it on TV, see it now on the big screen, the way it was meant to be seen!

Here’s more on the book:

Hollywood Celebrates the Holidays: 1920–1970 Karie Bible & Mary Mallory

Marvelously illustrated with more than 200 rare images from the silent era through the 1970s, this joyous treasure trove features film and television’s most famous actors and actresses celebrating the holidays, big and small, in lavishly produced photographs. Join the stars for festive fun in celebrating a variety of holidays, from New Year’s to Saint Patrick’s Day to Christmas and everything in between. Legends such as Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Crawford, Judy Garland, and Audrey Hepburn spread holiday cheer throughout the calendar year in iconic, ironic, and illustrious style. These images, taken by legendary stills photographers, hearken back to the Golden Age of Hollywood, when motion picture studios devised elaborate publicity campaigns to promote their stars and to keep their names and faces in front of the movie-going public all year round. itsawonderfullife390_0_5_4


“Mary” Christmas w/ Mary-Louise Parker & Mary Karr! Live Talks finale for 2016!

Mary-Louise-Parker-by-Tina-Turnbow An Evening with Mary-Louise Parker in conversation with Mary Karr discussing her memoir in letters Dear Mr. You

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

3131 Olympic Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90404

PURCHASE TICKETS- $20 General Admission/ $43 Includes Reserved Section Seating, Parker’s memoir/ $65 Includes Reserved Section seats for two, Parker’s memoir/ $95 Includes Reserved Section seats, Pre-Reception and 2 books (Parker’s and Karr’s)

Mary Louise Parker is a Tony, Emmy, and Golden Globe award-winning actress, starring in Weeds, Angels in America, and Showtime’s forthcoming series Lit, in which she plays Mary Karr. Her writing has appeared in Esquire, The Riveter, Bust, and The Bullet. Written as a series of letters to the men — real and hypothetical — who have made significant impact on her life, Dear Mr. You, is as unconventional in its form as in its telling. Beginning with the grandfather she never knew, the letters range from a missive to the beloved priest from her childhood to remembrances of former lovers to an homage to a firefighter she encountered to a heartfelt communication with the uncle of the infant daughter she adopted, and the future man who will love that daughter. Parker, among others, also writes to a coworker in a loincloth at her co-op; to a taxi driver she screamed at during a dark period and to the orderly assigned to her after the birth of her son.Screen-Shot-2015-08-12-at-10.18.47-AM



Mary Karr is the author of the upcoming, The Art of Memoir, and three award-winning, bestselling memoirs: The Liars’ Club, Cherry, and Lit. A Guggenheim Fellow in poetry, Karr has won Pushcart Prizes for both verse and essays. Other grants include the Whiting Writer’s Award, PEN’s Martha Albrand Award, and Radcliffe’s Bunting Fellowship. The Peck Professor of Literature at Syracuse University, she is currently adapting her books for a Showtime series based on her life.ArtMemoir_HC_c-1

In The Art of Memoir, she synthesizes her expertise as professor and therapy patient, writer and spiritual seeker, recovered alcoholic and “black belt sinner,” providing a unique window into the mechanics and art of the form that is as irreverent, insightful, and entertaining as her own work in the genre. Anchored by excerpts from her favorite memoirs and anecdotes from fellow writers’ experience, The Art of Memoir lays bare Karr’s own process. (Plus all those inside stories about how she dealt with family and friends get told— and the dark spaces in her own skull probed in depth.) As she breaks down the key elements of great literary memoir, she breaks open our concepts of memory and identity, and illuminates the cathartic power of reflecting on the past; anybody with an inner life or complicated history, whether writer or reader, will relate.

“On the Town” & SINATRA 100 @ the Egyptian w/ Charles Pignone!


41nZc8vapwL._SX400_BO1,204,203,200_THURSDAY,DECEMBER 10 @ 6:30 pm @ the EGYPTIAN THEATER in HOLLYWOOD – SINATRA 100!

Join us & author Charles Pignone, who will sign copies of his book, Sinatra 100 in the lobby at 6:30 PM & then introduce the evening program of , “The House I Live in” & “On the Town”.

SINATRA ON SCREEN: A CENTENNIAL SALUTE ON THE TOWN CONTEST! Through December 9th: Enter for a chance to win a $200 Musso & Frank Gift Card + 4-Night “Sinatra On Screen” Series Movie Pass for two! Just post a video of yourself to Twitter or Instagram singing your favorite Sinatra song & include the following in your caption: “Celebrating #Sinatra’s 100th by entering the #MussoAndFrank & @Sidgrauman #SinatraCentennial contest”. You can also enter on Facebook by posting your video to the wall of the Egyptian Theatre page. Winner will be drawn on Dec 9th at 5:00 pm. All ticket buyers will be eligible to win a copy of the “Ultimate Sinatra” CD boxed set courtesy of UMe/Capitol Recordings.

Program begins with a short: “The House I Live In” (1945, 11 min. Dir. Mervyn LeRoy) In this Honorary Oscar winner, Frank Sinatra takes a break from a recording session to offer a gang of kids a lesson in religious tolerance.

Followed by: ON THE TOWN 1949, Warner Bros., 98 min, USA, Dir: Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Jules Munshin are three sailors on leave in New York who find romance – and plenty of song and dance – with Vera-Ellen, Ann Miller and Betty Garrett over the course of their day at liberty in the big city. The creative team of Kelly and Donen, producer Arthur Freed and writers Adolph Green and Betty Comden would reunite three years later to make SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN.

More about the book:

A captivating tribute to one of the best-loved performers the world has ever known.

‘This is Frank Sinatra as you’ve never seen him before, in an intimate collection of rare and unpublished photographs to mark the 100th anniversary of his birth’ – The Mail on Sunday

‘A visual treat … page after page of pictures in which, in one glorious get-up after another, Sinatra proves Dean Martin’s contention that it’s Frank’s world. We just live in it’– Spectator

Frank Sinatra was an entertainer of mesmerizing talent, charisma and style. As well as being one of the bestselling musical artists of all time, he was an Academy Award-winning actor who starred in over sixty movies, and a cultural icon of seismic influence. Published as part of the celebrations to commemorate Frank Sinatra’s one-hundredth birthday, Sinatra 100 follows the full trajectory of his remarkable life, from his childhood in 1930s New Jersey through legendary Las Vegas performances in the 1960s to world tours that extended into his late seventies. Created in close collaboration with the Sinatra family and Frank Sinatra Enterprises, this momentous book captures the man in public and private, with exclusive unseen photographs and memorabilia from the family archives, as well as the most iconic images, outtakes and contact sheets from celebrated photo shoots. In candid accounts from his closest friends and associates, a portrait emerges of a man who was intensely loyal to his friends, enthusiastically devoted to charity and who demonstrated exceptional stamina and resilience in a career that spanned an incredible six decades. Featuring afterwords by Nancy Sinatra, Frank Sinatra Jr. and Tina Sinatra, Sinatra 100 is the definitive celebration of the ultimate entertainer, whose unique and enduring legacy continues to win him fans in every generation, all over the world.

Charles Pignone is a producer and writer. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Sinatra Treasures, The Sinatra Family Photo Album and co-author of The Copa: Jules Podell and The Hottest Club North Of Havana. He has produced numerous albums including Frank Sinatra: Nothing But The Best and the television special Sinatra Sings. Pignone has been associated with the Sinatra family for over thirty years.

Tony Bennett is a singer and painter. In terms of his artistry and accomplishments, Mr. Bennett is in a class of his own.

Steve Wynn who contributes a forward, is the founder of Wynn Resorts Ltd. Mr. Wynn is a visionary and legendary figure in the hotel and casino industry. on-the_town_390

Vegetarian India w/ Madhur Jaffrey & Live Talks!



Thursday, December 10, 2015 8:00pm (Reception, 6:30-7:30pm)

An Evening with Madhur Jaffrey discussing her new cookbook, Vegetarian India: A Journey Through the Best of Indian Home Cooking

William Turner Gallery/ Bergamot Station Arts Center

2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90404

PURCHASE TICKETS: $47 Reserved Section seating + Book/$95 Pre-Reception(6:30-7:30pm)* + Reserved Section seating + Book

$20 General Admission *

Reception includes selections prepared from the book.

Madhur Jaffrey is the author of many previous cookbooks—seven of which have won James Beard Awards—and was named to the Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America by the James Beard Foundation. She is the recipient of an honorary CBE from Queen Elizabeth II for her services to drama and promoting the appreciation of Indian food and culture. She is also an award-winning actress, having won the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the Berlin Film Festival, with numerous major motion pictures to her credit.

No one knows Indian food like Madhur Jaffrey. For more than forty years, the “godmother of Indian cooking” (The Independent on Sunday) has introduced Western home cooks to the vibrant cuisines of her homeland. Now, in Vegetarian India: A Journey Through the Best of Indian Home Cooking, the seven-time James Beard Award–winning author shares the delectable, healthful, vegetable- and grain-based foods enjoyed around the Indian subcontinent. Vegetarian cooking is a way of life for more than 300 million Indians. Jaffrey travels from north to south, and from the Arabian Sea to the Bay of Bengal, collecting recipes for the very tastiest dishes along the way. She visits the homes and businesses of shopkeepers, writers, designers, farmers, doctors, weavers, and more, gathering their stories and uncovering the secrets of their most delicious family specialties. From a sweet, sour, hot, salty Kodava Mushroom Curry with Coconut originating in the forested regions of South Karnataka to simple, crisp Okra Fries dusted with chili powder, turmeric, and chickpea flour; and from Stir-Fried Spinach, Andhra Style (with ginger, coriander, and cumin) to the mung bean pancakes she snacks on at a roadside stand, here Jaffrey brings together the very best of vegetable-centric Indian cuisine and explains how home cooks can easily replicate these dishes—and many more for beans, grains, and breads—in their own kitchens. With more than two hundred recipes, beautifully illustrated throughout, and including personal photographs from Jaffrey’s own travels, Vegetarian India is a kitchen essential for vegetable enthusiasts and home cooks everywhere.


Dita Von Teese finds “Your Beauty Mark” ! Dita & friends at the CREST!


Wednesday, December 9, 2015 8:00pm (Reception, 6:30-7:30pm)

An Evening with Dita Von Teese and Friends Your Beauty Mark: The Ultimate Guide to Eccentric Glamour

Crest Theatre in Westwood- 1262 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

PURCHASE TICKETS- $55 Reserved Section Seat + Book*/ $20 General Section Seat/ $80 Two guests, 1 book, Reserved Section Seats/ $95 Pre-Reception(6:30-7:30pm)*+ Reserved Section seating + Book


* Books will be picked up at the event when you check in, and signed immediately after the talk.

Books will be available for purchase at the event. From burlesque show to fashion runway, magazine cover to Internet video, style icon and “burlesque superheroine” (Vanity Fair) Dita Von Teese has undergone more strokes of red lipstick, bursts of hair spray, boxes of blue-black hair dye, and pats of powder in a month than a drag queen could dream of in a lifetime. Whether she’s dazzling audiences while swirling in a towering martini glass in Swarovski-crystal-covered pasties and stilettos or sparking camera flashes on the red carpet, one reality is constant: for this self-styled star, beauty is an art. (From the book jacket)

In celebration of the launch of Your Beauty Mark: The Ultimate Guide to Eccentric Glamour, “An Evening with Dita & Friends” features the style and burlesque icon herself, spotlighting this manual on all things beauty via the Von Teese lens—from how-to steps, to history to intimate tales—and doing so side by side with the singularly glamorous eccentrics who Dita Von Teese considers confidants and creative influences.

Our evening with Dita Von Teese opens with a conversation with Rose Apodaca, her Your Beauty Mark collaborator. In a vintage talk show format (think two Phil Donahues in red lipstick and high heels), Dita and Rose will welcome their fabulous pals into the conversation, with each reading a brief excerpt from the book, making for a spirited, entertaining evening of eccentric beauty and glamour!

Angelique Noire: This model and mother of two rejected early professional judgments that an African-American woman couldn’t work a cat eye and other neo-vintage trappings by becoming a social media superstar to women of all colors under the handle @theblackpinup.

B. Akerlund: With clients such as Beyonce, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Britney Spears and many other pop stars, this Swedish-born superstylist and costume designer has herself become a fashion icon for her extravagant style and “fashion activism” via a networking site promoting a brave new world of young fashion talent,

Catherine D’Lish: A marquee star of the neo-burlesque era due to her original acts and exquisite costumes who has also transformed the art of striptease’s modern chapter as a creative director, choreographer, and unparalleled costume designer for Dita Von Teese, Catherine is parlaying her imaginative talents into a signature ready-to-wear lounge collection called Boudoir by D’Lish.

Danilo Dixon: From the B52’s wigs to Lady Gaga’s hair-bow to Elsa’s braid in Disney’s Frozen, when it comes to hairstyling, Danilo is a living legend of fashion, film, and fantasy. When he’s not part of Team Gwen Stefani, he’s hopping the globe to tend to runway shows, transform editorials, or serve as global ambassador for Pantene.

Douglas Little: Clients such as Bergdorf Goodman, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Dell Computers call on this master of visual storytelling to realize their corporate identity into high-drama window displays, products, advertising, and other media. Douglas is equally as adept in applying this sense of narrative into the sensual realm of scent, creating distinct, custom perfumes for the revolutionary candle brand D.L. & Co. and through teaching the craft to aspiring noses worldwide.

Gregory Arlt: Whether as a key part of Team Gwen Stefani or consulting anyone of the hundreds of women he meets on his worldwide tours as director of makeup artistry for MAC Cosmetics, Gregory has gained a massive following as the straight-shooting Beauty Exorcist and is working on a definitive beauty book according to his gospel.

Jodi Lyn O’Keefe: This film and TV actress’s roster of recurring roles—from a six-year-run as a teen in the beloved daytime soap Another World to her work on Nash Bridges, Prison Break, and The Big Bang Theory and this year’s simultaneous starring parts in VH1’s breakout Hit the Floor and CW’s The Vampire Diaries—has gained her an avid cult following. She is also a fine jewelry designer and licensed bounty hunter.

Kelly Osbourne: TV personality, singer, actress and reality series pioneer for the Emmy Award-winning The Osbournes, in 2014 Kelly added the title of fashion designer to an already accomplished career, with a signature ready-to-wear line called Stories…By Kelly Osbourne, with inclusive sizes from 0 to 24. The former long-time host and red carpet correspondent of E!’s hit Fashion Police, Kelly joined the judging panel for the first season of Lifetime’s Project Runway Junior and will appear on the new season of Australia’s Got Talent on the Nine Network in 2016.

Sutan Amrull: In front of or behind the camera, beauty has defined the life and career for this internationally celebrated artist, also known by his drag alter ego, Raja. The winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Sutan has also appeared as the featured makeup artist on nine seasons of America’s Next Top Model. As a makeup artist, his clients range from Iman to Adam Lambert, on set and on tour; and, in 2015, the stage performer released his fourth dance single, Cholita.Screen-Shot-2015-11-19-at-9.01.46-AM


FAIRBANKS at the historic EGYPTIAN w/ author Tracey Goessel!

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Live Talks & the LARE listen to Mitch Albom & “The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto”!


smTheMagicStringsofFrankiePresto-book-jacket-1An Evening with Mitch Albom in conversation with Mike Binder discussing his novel The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto

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

3131 Olympic Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90404

PURCHASE TICKETS- $20 General Admission/ $36 General Admission (includes book)/ $46 Reserved Section Seating (includes book)

Tickets at :

Mitch Albom is a bestselling author, screenwriter, playwright and nationally syndicated columnist. The author of six consecutive number one New York Times bestsellers—including Tuesdays with Morrie, the best-selling memoir of all time—his books have collectively sold more than 35 million copies in forty-two languages. He has founded seven charities in Detroit, and operates an orphanage in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. Recent books by Mitch Albom include: The Five People You Meet in Heaven, The First Phone Call From Heaven, The Time Keeper, Have a Little Faith and For One More Day.

Mitch Albom creates his most unforgettable fictional character—Frankie Presto, the greatest guitarist to ever walk the earth—in this magical novel about the bands we join in life and the power of talent to change our lives. It’s a story of the greatest guitar player to ever live, and the six lives he changed with his magical blue strings. The voice of Music narrates the tale of its most beloved disciple, young Frankie Presto, a war orphan raised by a blind music teacher in a small Spanish town. At nine years old, Frankie is sent to America in the bottom of a boat. His only possession is an old guitar and six precious strings. But Frankie’s talent is touched by the gods, and his amazing journey weaves him through the musical landscape of the 20th century, from classical to jazz to rock and roll, with his stunning talent affecting numerous stars along the way, including Hank Williams, Elvis Presley, Carole King, Wynton Marsalis and even KISS. Frankie becomes a pop star himself. He makes records. He is adored. But his gift is also his burden, as he realizes, through his music, he can actually affect people’s futures—with one string turning blue whenever a life is altered. At the height of his popularity, Frankie Presto vanishes. His legend grows. Only decades later, does he reappear—just before his spectacular death—to change one last life. Described as a Forest Gump-like romp through the music world, The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto is infused with the message that “everyone joins a band in this life” and those connections change us all.

Mike Binder is an award-winning film director, screenwriter, producer, and actor. He was born in Detroit and began his career as a screenwriter and a standup comedian. He is known for movies such as Reign Over Me, The Upside of Anger, The Sex Monster, and most recently, Black and White. His first novel, Keep Calm, will be published in 2016 by Henry Holt and Co.Screen-Shot-2015-09-11-at-8.10.35-AM

Frank & Ava- In Love and War (now w/ more Frank & Ava)!


WEDNESDAY,NOVEMBER 11, 7:30 pm at Larry Edmunds Bookshop

Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner !

Join us as author John Brady signs & discusses his new book, “Frank & Ava-In Love and War” with author Lawrence Grobel.

*** BONUS***Also, as part of the evening festivities, Ava’s original recording of “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man,” which was deleted from the Show Boat movie track when MGM execs decided to dub Ava’s songs. The program also includes a home movie (in color) of Frank and Ava at their wedding reception on November 7, 1951, in a private home outside Philadelphia, with Frank’s March 1951 recording of “We Kiss in a Shadow” as quite appropriate background music.

“If I had to go back in Hollywood history and name two people who were most desperately and passionately in love with each other, I would say Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner were It.”—Liz Smith.

It began in Hollywood’s golden age when Ava was emerging as a movie star. But she fell in (and out of) love too easily. Mickey Rooney married her because he wanted another conquest. Artie Shaw treated her like a dumb brunette, giving her a reading list on their honeymoon. Neither marriage lasted a year. Then, after being courted by Howard Hughes and numerous others, along came Frank Sinatra. His passion for Ava destroyed his marriage and brought him close to ruin. Their wild affair broke all the rules of the prudish era as Frank left his wife and children and pursued Ava on an international stage. They became romantic renegades, with the press following them from location to location. “Oh, God, Frank Sinatra could be the sweetest, most charming man in the world when he was in the mood,” said Ava. They married, but then came the quarrels, separations, infidelities, and reconciliations. Eventually, there was a divorce, and they thought it was over. It wasn’t. Through all of the tortured years of separation and splintered affairs with others, they maintained a secretive relationship known only to those who recognized that this was the love of a lifetime. Over the years, they attempted to reconcile, romanced and nurtured each other, right to the end. The love story of this couple has never been fully explored or explained—until now. Frank & Ava delves deeply into the lives of these two iconic stars and their turbulent lifelong relationship. More than anything else, this is the story of a romance lived out under battlefield conditions.

Two authors who have written books about Ava Gardner and Frank Sinatra meet and discuss the origins of their books, and how they how they overcame problems on the road to publication. Lawrence Grobel, author of Conversations With Ava Gardner, was one of the last American journalists to interact with the actress (when she was in LA for medical treatment shortly before her death in 1990).


John Brady, author of Frank & Ava in Love and War, met Sinatra and worked for his recording company in the ’70s when Frank was reinventing himself as Ol’ Blue Eyes. (Brady and Grobel have known each other since 1976 when John was editor-in-chief at Writer’s Digest — and put master interviewer Larry on the cover with one of his numerous Playboy subjects: Barbra Streisand.) This program will explore the byways of the celebrity biography and the uncertain credibility of sources, including “as lied to” memoirs. John Brady’s Frank & Ava in Love and War is the first book to tell the full story of the rocky road to romance traveled by Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner. Their encounter in Hollywood’s so-called golden age led to an affair that broke all the rules of the prudish era. Frank was married with children. Their reputations could be ruined if this got out — and it did, as Frank left his family and pursued Ava across Europe while she taunted him. They married, but then came quarrels, separations, and occasional truce between emotional wars. Eventually there was a divorce, but afterward they maintained their long, hot, messy, glorious, painful romance right to the finish line.

Publishers Weekly: “Veteran editor and author Brady approaches the love-hate history of Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner with reliable thoroughness. He knows how to keep readers turning pages all the way to the end of Sinatra’s career, when everything that he had collected was sold at auction. Anyone remotely curious about either of these larger-than-life characters will want to read Brady’s book.” John Brady is the author of five books, including The Craft of Interviewing, Craft of the Screenwriter, and Bad Boy: The Life and Politics of Lee Atwater. He has been editor-in-chief at Boston Magazine, Writer’s Digest, and founding editor of The Artist’s Magazine. His byline has appeared in scores of publications, and he conducted the Playboy interview with naughty-naughty TV host Jerry Springer. After Sinatra’s death in 1998, Brady started work on a book about the man and his music, conducting interviews with many of Frank’s colleagues. After visiting the Ava Gardner Museum in North Carolina, he shifted to a dual biography. “She was the most important woman in his life,” says Brady. Thus, Frank & Ava in Love and War, after years of research and occasional interruptions. Brady lives and writes in Newburyport, Massachusetts. He is currently working on a book about Marilyn Monroe.

Lawrence Grobel is a freelance writer who has written 24 books and hundreds of articles for national magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times, Newsday, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Reader’s Digest, American Way, Parade, Details, TV Guide, Redbook, Cosmopolitan, Penthouse, Diversion, Writer’s Digest, and AARP. His 1985 book Conversations with Capotere received a PEN Special Achievement award and reached the top of several bestseller lists. Grobel’s books include: The Hustons; Conversations with Brando; Talking with Michener; Above the Line: Conversations About the Movies; Endangered Species: Writers Talk About Their Craft, Their Visions, Their Lives; Climbing Higher with Montel Williams (a N.Y. Times bestseller and Publisher’s Weekly Best Book in 2004); The Art of the Interview: Lessons from a Master of the Craft (also a Publisher’s Weekly Best Book in 2004); Al Pacino: In Conversation with Lawrence Grobel(French Film Critics Award for Best International Book of 2009); Conversations with Robert Evans;The Book of Shmoga (a yoga satire); Icons (a collection of 15 celebrity profiles); I Want You in My Movie! Al Pacino’s 5 Year Obsession with Wilde Salome; a memoir, You Show Me Yours; Celebrity Salad: Close Encounters for the Verse Inclined (152 poems about celebrities); and the novels Catch a Fallen Star and Begin Again Finnegan. From 2001—2011 he taught seminars on The Art of the Interview, The Literature of Journalism, His blog, books and articles can be found on his website:


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