Mabel & Mack & Me (my name is Larry)




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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Boorstin’s lifelong affair with the Movies.

Douglas Fairbanks is “The Gaucho” @ the EGYPTIAN!

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

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


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


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

Here’s a little more information about the book:

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

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

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

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

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





BRAINQUAKE! The lost fiction of Sam Fuller!


This lost novel of Sam Fuller is lost no more! Join us at the Egyptian for an evening of  Sam Fuller including the classic, “Pickup On South Street” &  the controversial “White Dog”.

The LARE will be in the lobby selling the just released “BRAINQUAKE” a novel that Sam wrote while living in Paris.

Introduction by the lovely Samantha Fuller too.

Come on down to South Street, a.k.a. the EGYPTIAN on Friday August 22nd and get your Brainquaked!

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“A great, great, great storyteller.” — Martin Scorsese

The bagmen who transport money for organized crime live by a special set of rules: no relationships, no ties…no alcohol, no women…no talking…and never, ever look inside the bag you’re carrying.

For more than ten years, despite suffering from a rare brain disorder, Paul Page was the perfect bagman. But that ended the day he say a beautiful Mob wife become a Mob widow. Now Paul is going to break every one of the rules he’s lived by to protect the woman he loves—even if it means he might be left holding the bag…

“Personal, hard-hitting, idiosyncratic…

Everything was about storytelling, the great yarn.”

— Quentin Tarantino

“One of the great movie directors of the 20th century…

most certainly its greatest storyteller.”

— Wim Wenders

In a career that spanned half a century, Samuel Fuller wrote and directed classic movies that inspired filmmakers as varied as Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Jean-Luc Godard, Jim Jarmusch, Wim Wenders, and Quentin Tarantino. He also wrote unforgettable novels such as the noir classic THE DARK PAGE—and this book, his last, which has never previously been published in the English language.

First publication ever in the English language!

Author was not only a legendary movie director, he was a decorated combat veteran whose WWII experiences included landing on Omaha Beach on D-Day and participating in the liberation of the Falkenau concentration camp

Fuller wrote BRAINQUAKE while in self-imposed exile in France toward the end of his life, following a bitter dispute with Paramount Pictures over his last American movie, WHITE DOG.

Acclaim for the Work of SAMUEL FULLER…

“Rich in invention and bursting with daring conceptions.”

— Jean-Luc Godard


— Francois Truffaut

“An amazing artist and voice in American history.”

— Jim Jarmusch

“One of the screen’s most dynamic directors [and] one hell of a writer.”

— Dalton Trumbo

“Uncompromising power and integrity…one of the masters.”

— Tim Robbins

“I love Sam Fuller.”

— Joe Dante

“Irrepressible…he allowed his most disruptively creative influences to run wild…he was superlatively, extraordinarily himself.”

— New York Times

“He got into the deep core of what makes up a human being.”

— Martin Scorsese


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

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