Brando’s Smile, Vivien’s Portraits & A Streetcar Named Desire


, JULY 16th-6:30 pm @ the EGYPTIAN THEATER- BRANDO & LEIGH- STREETCAR! DownloadedFile-1

The amazing Streetcar keeps on rolling. Some of Tennessee Williams finest words,Kazan’s direction and two of the screens finest performances, not to mention an all-star cast of co-stars. We’ll be enjoying the Streetcar big screen style on Wednesday, July 16th @ the Egyptian Theater, but wait, there’s more! The LARE is bringing authors Susan Mizruchi & Kendra Bean to sign their books,  the hot off the press”Brando’s Smile”  & “Vivien Leigh-An Intimate Portrait”. Two excellent volumes on 2 of cinemas most captivating stars on-screen & off. The ladies will also introduce the film w/ our very good friend Foster Hirsch! We hope you can join us, but don’t depend on the kindness of strangers, depend on the LARE to get you a signed copy of either book, or both and we’ll send them your way.

Here’s a little more info on the books :

Susan Mizruchi presents the Marlon Brando you’ve never met. When people think about Marlon Brando they think of the movie star; the hunk; the scandals. Susan L. Mizruchi finds the Brando others have missed: the man who collected four thousand books; the man who rewrote scripts, trimming his lines to make them sharper; the man who consciously used his body and employed the objects around him to create believable characters; the man who used his fame to foster Indian and civil rights. From Brando’s letters, audiotapes, and annotated screenplays and books—many never before available—Mizruchi gives us a complex person whose intelligence belies the high-school dropout. She shows how Brando’s embrace of foreign cultures and outsiders led to brilliant performances in unusual roles—a gay man, an Asian, and a German soldier—to foster empathy on a global scale and to test himself. In portraying a fuller Brando, Mizruchi portrays an even more fascinating man.



November of 2013 marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of Vivien Leigh, the talented stage actress and well-loved film star. Vivien Leigh will be forever emblazoned as Scarlett O’Hara from Gone With the Wind and Blanche DuBois from A Streetcar Named Desire, but there was more to the stunning actress so many adored than these two roles told. For more than thirty years her name alone sold out theaters and cinemas the world over, and she inspired many of the greatest visionaries of her time: Laurence Olivier loved her; Winston Churchill praised her; Christian Dior dressed her.

Despite being a consummate star, Leigh managed to remain somewhat elusive. She never penned her own story, and biographers that did attempt to tell her real life story fell short, with the most influential figure in her life, husband Laurence Oliver, refusing interviews. But now, with the publishing of VIVIEN LEIGH: AN INTIMATE PORTRAIT, new light is being shed on the legendary star and her more personal life


In her new book, author Kendra Bean combines in-depth archival research from previously untapped documents in the Laurence Olivier Archives, new interviews with those who knew the actress, and hundreds of never-before-seen photos by Leigh’s “official” photographer Angus McBean. VIVIEN LEIGH: An Intimate Portrait chronicles Leigh’s entire journey, including: her birth in India; winning the most-coveted role in Hollywood history; international superstardom; her life as half of one of the great romances of the twentieth century; her battles with what today would be diagnosed as bipolar disorder; to her untimely death at age 53. It is a book that fans and film buffs will treasure.

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, 1951, Warner Bros., 122 min. Director Elia Kazan’s powerful adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ classic play made Marlon Brando a household name for his incendiary portrayal of working-class Stanley Kowalski, who collides headlong with fragile Southern belle Blanche DuBois (Vivien Leigh) when she moves in with him and wife Stella (Kim Hunter), her sister. 5459_073



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Your “Friedkin Connection”-Where? at the LARE!

Tuesday, July 15- 7:30 pm at the LARE-6644 Hollywood Blvd.FriedkinConnection hc c
the legendary Wiliiam Friedkin at Larry Edmunds Bookshop!
Join us  in celebrating William Friedkin and his fantastic autobiography, “The Friedkin Connection”.
William Friedkin is such a part of the cinema history of the 1970?s, that no conversation on the subject would go anywhere without a mention of him.He has been a pretty good friend to us here at Larry Edmunds Bookshop too, creating cinema memories on screen and off, like getting to sit back & watch the “French Connection” with him. I was lucky enough to get to do signings with him when the book was first released & at the TCM Festival, but this will be his first official signing here in the store. Conversation with & book signing by William Friedkin in person here in the store for one great night! He will be signing his autobiography, “The Friedkin Connection” @ 7:30 p.m. here at the store on Tuesday, July 15th. It’s a masterclass in cinema for the price of a book. 
From the streets of Chicago,  to the heights of Hollywood & films like Best Picture winner, “The French Connection” & “The Exorcist” as well as more recent films like , “Killer Joe”, Friedkin lets us take a look at  how he made these movies and his thoughts on the world of moviemaking.
If you’ve never come to hear him speak and you are a passionate lover of cinema, you shouldn’t miss an opportunity to , “Ask Billy” about his own unbelievable career, but also about his thoughts on so many other films that influenced him on the way to being one of the players that redefined cinema in the 70′s.
Larry Edmunds has your connection to the one & only William Friedkin, and if you are too far away to enjoy this wonderful night, give us a call and we’ll drive like Popeye Doyle in the chase scene of the “The French Connection” to get you a copy.


A Salute to SHARON TATE at the Egyptian w/ Debra Tate!


SUNDAY, JULY 13th – 6:30 pm @ the EGYPTIAN THEATER

For years I have waited & wondered why there wasn’t a glorious pictorial on the one & only Sharon Tate. I shall wonder no more ! With the release of , “Sharon Tate: Recollection”, her sister Debra Tate has finally given us the book worthy of her sisters timely beauty. But not only can you get a signed copy of this great book , you can hear Debra introduce a fantastic double bill of “Valley of the Dolls” & “The Fearless Vampire Killers”.  Don’t miss this great salute with 2 classic films of the 60′s & 1 gorgeous book about a woman whose style and persona defined her time.

See you at the EGYPTIAN!


Double Feature: VALLEY OF THE DOLLS, 1967, 20th Century Fox, 123 min. Based on Jacqueline Susann’s runaway bestseller, director Mark Robson’s bitchy, booze-angst-sex-drugs-fueled cult classic cautions against the perils of show business. The tragically beautiful Sharon Tate was nominated for a Golden Globe for Most Promising Newcomer in her role as B-movie queen Jennifer.

THE FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS, 1967, Warner Bros., 108 min., Dir. Roman Polanski. Jack McGowran is perfectly cast as the ancient, screw-loose Professor Abronsius who, with his harebrained sidekick, Alfred (Polanski, doing double duty), is on the hunt for vampires in the snowy Carpathian mountains. Their pursuit shifts into high gear once Alfred’s admired-from-afar love interest, the inn-keeper’s daughter (Sharon Tate), is kidnapped by the undead Count von Krolock (Ferdy Mayne). Introduction by Debra Tate, who will sign her book Sharon Tate: Recollection in the lobby at 6:30 PM.

One of the Most Beautiful Women of a Generation Captured in All-New Book  SHARON TATE: RECOLLECTION

Written by Her Sister Debra Tate 

Never-Before-Seen Images and Insight from Hollywood Insiders

Foreword by Sharon’s Husband, Director Roman Polanski 

Considered by many to be the most beautiful woman of her generation, actress and

model Sharon Tate remains a fascinating pop icon and a poster child for the 1960s. And

now, an all-new book, Sharon Tate: Recollection (June 10, 2014; ISBN-10: 076245234X;

Trade Cloth; $30.00; also available as an E-Book, ISBN-13: 978-0762452347), written by

Sharon’s sister, Debra Tate, showcases her beauty, talent, and cultural impact for a new

generation of admirers.

What struck most about Sharon were her gentle nature and the sheer perfection of

her face, but she was far more than just a beauty. The few films she made during her brief

career, including Valley of the Dolls, Eye of the Devil, and The Fearless Vampire Killers, have

secured her position as a Hollywood legend. Over forty years since her last film, Sharon’s

spirit and charisma lives strong in the memories of those who knew her best, and her style

continues to inspire the worlds of fashion, beauty, art, and film.  The book is a one-of-a-kind

celebration of Sharon’s life and career, her influence as a fashion icon throughout the world,

and in effect presents a sociological portrait of the 1960s—its youth culture, the sexual

revolution, the rise of independent cinema, and Hollywood’s changing studio system. In this

photo book, Sharon Tate’s story emerges through quotes and short essays—recollections—

by her sister, Debra Tate, as well as by those who knew and have been influenced by her.

What emerges from these pages is a stunning tribute to an unforgettable life, including:

A foreword note by Sharon’s husband Roman Polanski;

An introduction and remembrances by Sharon’s sister, author Debra Tate;

Previously unseen childhood photos from the Tate family album;

Original quotes and recollection essays written specially for this book by Jane Fonda,

Kelly Osbourne, Bert Stern, Michelle Phillips, Patty Duke, Lee Grant, Elke

Sommer, Joan Collins, Viva, Tony Scotti and Trina Turk;

Retrospective quotes by Truman Capote, Diana Vreeland, Richard Avedon, Dominick

Dunne, Warren Beatty, Mia Farrow, Orson Welles, Barbara Parkins, George

Harrison, David Niven, Deborah Kerr, Yul Brynner and Kirk Douglas; and

Rare and classic photographs by David Bailey, Milton Greene, Philippe Halsman,

Shahrokh Hatami, Terry O’Neill, Peter Basch, John Engstead, Peter

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It’s TIKI Time @ the Egyptian!



Join us as the courtyard of the Egyptian is transformed into a Polynesian Paradise for the Cinematheque’s 10th Annual Tiki Night!

Not only will the LARE be there enjoying the sights & sounds imported from distant shores, we’ll also be there with our friends, authors Luis Reyes & Ed Rampell who will be signing their book, “The Hawaii Movie & Television Book” in the courtyard from 5-7 pm in the courtyard.

This handsome, four-color volume celebrates 100 years of filmmaking throughout the Hawaiian Islands with the focus on Hollywood feature films and television production since 1995. The book includes chapters on film locations, a history of the present day Hawai‘i Film Industry, and iconic Hawai‘i crime fighters as portrayed on screen.

The films and television programs are covered in detail, heavily illustrated with archival and contemporary photographs. It is a valuable reference for film aficionados, a treasure trove of memorabilia for Hawai‘i movie fans, and an important document of Hollywood’s cinematic history with Hawai‘i. Film trivia enthusiasts will have a blast.

Come enjoy all things Tiki, a slide show , a documentary , live music, libations & something to read while you’re dreaming of the islands. It will be an evening worthyof the islands right here on Hollywood Boulevard!

Filmmakers In Person! Performances From King Kukulele & The Friki Tikis And The Polynesian Paradise Dancers!

10th Annual Tiki Night: “Plastic Paradise: A Swingin’ Trip Through America’s Polynesian Obsession”

5:00PM – King Kukulele & The Friki Tikis and the Polynesian Paradise Dancers will perform in the Egyptian Theatre Courtyard alongside vendors and a no-host bar.

7:30PM – Tiki Clip Show (30 min.), followed by the film:

“Plastic Paradise: A Swingin’ Trip Through America’s Polynesian Obsession”

2013, Common Machine, 54 min. Dir. Brett O’Bourke

The return of American GIs from the Pacific helped launch a postwar Polynesian craze that included candy-colored drinks, crazy Hawaiian shirts, exotic instrumental music and nonstop parties. Today the “tiki” scene (named after the large, wooden sculptures found throughout Polynesia) endures among a new generation, including musician Denny “King Kukulele” Moynahan, cocktail anthropologist Jeff “Beachbum” Berry, tiki historian Sven Kirsten and others, who weigh in on the little-known subculture in this fascinating documentary.

Discussion following the film with filmmakers Gaspar González and Brett O’Bourke.

If you’re head is stuck in the sand and  you can’t join us, we’ll be happy  to get a copy signed & sent your way! Just call the LARE and we’ll get it sent to wherever you are


Famous Enough-A Evening with Diane McBain!




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Diane McBain and I first met on a life-changing USO tour visiting our troops in Vietnam in 1966. We shared the horrors of war meeting our very grateful servicemen in the field and in hospitals. Although our tour of duty would end after two weeks, our friendship would endure for nearly half a century. As well as I know Diane, I was still surprised by the many challenges she faced throughout her life, and her willingness to adapt to life’s adversities. She is a woman with strong beliefs and the ability to survive and thrive. She played the fame game with compassion and a quiet elegance. This is a book about the real Hollywood, the story of an actress who saw it from the top and from the bottom, told with truth, humility and lots of humor. I couldn’t put the book down. -Tippi Hedren



She was the socialite neighbor on “Surfside Six”.  She was a Bob Hope USO girl. Elvis sang to her in “Spinout”. As Pinky Pinkston, she took on Batman. She also appeared on shows like “Maverick”, “77 Sunset Strip” & “Man From Uncle”, and in movies like ,” Maryjane”, “Thunder Alley” & “The Mini-Skirt Mob”. She is Diane McBain and she will be our special guest here at the LARE on Thursday, June 26th signing her new autobiography, “Famous Enough-A Hollywood Memoir” with co-author Michael Michaud.

Spend the evening  with us as Diane shares stories from her days as a Warner Brothers contract player up until today. We will also have a special television episode & some clips of Diane to watch & enjoy that night.

Limited number of Hardback copies available as well as the paperback edition. Advance order will guarantee you a seat for this one of a kind evening from a one of a kind bookstore, your friends at the Larry Edmunds Bookshop!

If you’re stuck on a houseboat in Miami, call your order in and we’ll get a copy signed and sent your way!








“Brutal Youth” – Coming of Age @ the AERO w/ author Anthony Breznican!


JUNE 20-22 @ the AERO THEATER in Santa Monica-1321 Montana Avenue

“Brutal Youth” Film Series

The American Cinematheque will take a weekend to look at the brutal side of growing up. Author Anthony Breznican’s new novel ,”Brutal Youth” will be part of the story that weekend. There will be 3 nights of coming of age films, as well as a book signing before the screenings & introductions by the author each night. See guests like Melanie Lynskey for, “Heavenly Creatures” or director Jason Reitman for, “Young Adult”. Other films include ,”Brick”, “Stand By Me” & “The Perks of Being A Wallflower” & “The Chocolate War”. Come meet author Anthony Breznican and get a signed copy of, “Brutal Youth” Friday, Saturday or Sunday night from 6:30 to 7:30 pm in the Aero lobby.

Then it’s time to grow up.

Check out the schedule for the weekend at :

Here’s a little more about the novel, “Brutal Youth”

Inspired by author Anthony Breznican’s own adolescence growing up in Western Pennsylvania in the early ’90s, his debut novel BRUTAL YOUTH follows the lives of three freshmen at St. Michael’s, a troubled Catholic school that is literally and figuratively collapsing.  It’s a haven for religious zealots fearful of public schools, as well as a dumping ground for violent delinquents who’ve been expelled from those same places of learning.  With a declining reputation and plunging enrollment, “St. Mike’s” has no money to repair its ancient, crumbling building. As the desperate student population unleashes their aggression on newcomers, parents and teachers are little help, wrapped up in their own regrets and scandals, often making them less trustworthy than the kids they’re supposed to watch over.

On his first day at St. Mikes, 14-year-old Peter Davidek comes face-to-face with a deranged upperclassman unleashing violence on his fellow students. While others flee, Davidek defies the cowering teachers and helps rescue a wounded student – a good deed that does not go unpunished.

He doesn’t face his ruthless freshman year alone. Davidek befriends the volatile Noah Stein, a classmate with a mysterious scar across his face—evidence of his love for starting (and finishing) fights, and Lorelei Pascal, a beautiful but lonely girl who is determined to be loved at her new school—no matter how many people she has to alienate along the way.

Beyond the threat of bullying, the three also face Ms. Bromine, a disturbed guidance counselor who longs for her glory days as a once-popular student, and loathes those who’ve taken her place; a parish priest, Father Mercedes, who steals from the church finances and plots to scapegoat students for the shortfall; and a well-meaning but weak-willed nun, Sister Maria, who finds that being principal may require more ferocity than she can muster.

A darkly comic coming of age tale, BRUTAL YOUTH is a story of good kids going bad, and best friends willing to do anything to protect each other.


ANTHONY BREZNICAN was born and raised in Western Pennsylvania and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1998. He has worked as a reporter for The Arizona Republic, Associated Press, and USA Today, and is currently a senior staff writer for Entertainment Weekly.


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It’s Friday the 13th Fest on Friday the 13th at Cinefamily!


FRIDAY, JUNE 13th @ Cinefamily- 614 N. Fairfax Avenue

We’ll spend the night celebrating the “holiday” with director Tom McLoughlin and other special guests for this reverse chronology  and a book signing with Tom & co-author Joseph Maddrey for the new book, “A Strange Idea of   Entertainment-Conversations With Tom McLoughlin”. We’ll be soaking up the ambience on the patio as the murderous rampage & carnage on screen overflows!

Part VI: Jason Lives – 7:30pm (director Tom McLoughlin in person!)                                                                                                              

Part V: A New Beginning – approx. 10 :00pm                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Part IV: The Final Chapter – approx. 11:45pm

We wouldn’t leave you hanging on Friday the 13th, would we? At the blackest core of the Friday the 13th saga (now in its fourth decade, wow!), there stands a storyline that still fascinates and boggles us: the famed “Tommy Jarvis trilogy”. Part IV: The Final Chapter first introduced the character of a plucky young horror aficionado who happened to outwit Master Voorhees with a machete to the rotten skull — but, in the aftermath of more and more dead bodies, had Tommy succumbed to murderous madness himself, or was Jason still on the scene, dispatching the sweet touch of death onto any copulating teen, blotto’d backwoods bystander or other whacko in his path? One of the great things about this trilogy, aside from the gaggle of gleeful gore, is that, despite the obvious F13 formula (teens + Jason = death, and lots of it), each entry has its own unique flavor, thanks to the distinctive directorial visions of Joseph Zito, Danny Steinmann and Tom McLoughlin. Travel back in time with us as we trace Tommy’s Proustian odyssey in reverse, from adulthood back into innocent prepubescence — all in one sitting, all on glorious 35mm!

Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives Dir. Tom McLoughlin, 1986, 35mm, 87 min.

Friday The 13th Part V: A New Beginning Dir. Danny Steinmann, 1985, 35mm, 92 min.

Friday the 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter Dir. Joseph Zito, 1984, 35mm, 91 min.

Here’s a little more on Tom’s book :

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




CELEBRATE SAMMY! An evening for Sammy Davis Jr. w/ Tracey Davis!

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FRIDAY,MAY 16th @ 7:30 pm @ Larry Edmunds Bookshop

I love Sammy Davis Jr., who doesn’t?

Singer, dancer, actor , trendsetter, barrier breaker, stylishly unsurpassed cool cool cat . Here at the Lare, we want to take a night to celebrate the unbelievable talent & the man that was Sammy Davis Jr. and we will do just that on Friday, May 16th @ 7:30 pm w/ our very special guest, his daughter, Tracey Davis!

Tracey will be here to talk about Sammy & to sign her new book, “Sammy Davis Jr.-A Personal Journey with My Father”.

We will also have some very special clips to screen in honor of the man, who will have passed 24 years to the day on the evening of our celebration.

Don’t miss this great night for a man who was showbiz, a night to come and CELEBRATE SAMMY!

If you’re too far away for this Sam-tastic night, we’ll get Tracey to sign a book & we’ll send it your way.

Here’s some more on Tracey’s new book:

The Original “Mr. Show Business”-SAMMY DAVIS JR.: A Personal Journey with My Father

Written By His Only Daughter,


For the First Time,Book Reveals Candid Family Moments from More Than Fifty Years Ago

Running Press Publishers, Brett Ratner and James Packer’s RatPac Press announce a joint venture with the release of SAMMY DAVIS JR.: A Personal Journey with My Father , written by the late Sammy Davis’ daughter, Tracey Davis, and Nina Bunche Pierce. Celebrating one of the original “Rat Pack” members, the 208-page volume presents a uniquely personal perspective on one of the greatest pop culture icons of the twentieth century.

Nicknamed “Mr. Show Business” and a member of the original Rat Pack, Sammy Davis Jr. was a consummate performer who sang, danced, and acted on film, television, radio, and the stage for over six decades. In this intimate memoir, the entertainment legend’s story comes to life through rare family photos and a compelling narrative based on conversations between Sammy and his daughter, Tracey.


The story of a future superstar unfolds beginning with his bittersweet childhood days, raised primarily by his grandmother in Harlem. On the stage by age three, he first became a star in vaudeville with the Will Mastin Trio. Davis was already an up-and-coming performer by the time he was recruited into the Army during World War II. As Tracey Davis candidly relates, it was there that her father first learned to use his talent—singing and dancing—as a weapon against racial bigotry. Davis’s career took off in the 1940s through his sheer determination, talent, and the support of friends like Frank Sinatra. With tenderness and humor Tracey describes her father’s friendship with Sinatra, and how he stood by him when Davis married Tracey’s Swedish actress mother. In a time when interracial marriages were forbidden by law in thirty-one states, both bride and groom endured an onslaught of negative press and even death threats. Complete with rare personal and professional photos, SAMMY DAVIS JR. recounts Davis’s adventures through the Rat Pack era, and the extraordinary obstacles he overcame to become a 5’6”, 120-pound legend who across six decades packed in more than forty albums, seven Broadway shows, twenty-three films, and countless nightclub and concert performances.


This book is one of the first undertakings of RatPac Press and Running Press in their new publishing agreement, marking the imprint’s commitment to showcasing more Hollywood-related projects in both non-fiction and fiction genres.  “This is exactly the kind of project we were looking to collaborate on,” says VP Publisher of Running Press Chris Navratil. “This dovetails beautifully with our joint publishing vision.”  Brett Ratner, a life-long fan of the entertainer, has one of the biggest collections of Rat Pack memorabilia and is truly proud to bring SAMMY DAVIS JR.: A Personal Journey with My Father to market—and to Rat Pack fans nationwide.





Live Talks, the Lare & Lovers at the Chameleon Club w/ Francine Prose!




Excited to head over to the William Turner Gallery next Thursday , May 15th for an evening w/ Francine Prose & her new novel “Lovers at the Chameleon Club”.

If you can’t make it,signed copies can be sent from the Chameleon Club to you!

Get your tickets and more info @

Thursday, May 15, 2014-8:00 pm (Reception 6:30-7:30 pm)

An Evening with Francine Prose discussing her novel, Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932

William Turner Gallery-Bergamot Station Arts Center

2525 Michigan Avenue,Santa Monica, CA 90404


$20 General Admission/$40 Includes Prose’s book + Reserved seat/$95 Includes pre-reception + Prose’s book + Reserved Seat

Francine Prose is the author of sixteen novels, including A Changed Man, winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and Blue Angel, a finalist for the National Book Award. Her most recent works of nonfiction include the highly acclaimed Anne Frank: The Book, the Life, the Afterlife, and the New York Times bestseller Reading Like a Writer. A former president of PEN American Center and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Prose is a highly regarded critic and essayist, and has taught literature and writing for more than twenty years at major universities. She is a distinguished writer in residence at Bard College, and she lives in New York City.

Francine Prose’s new novel, Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932  is a richly imagined and stunningly inventive literary masterpiece of love, art, and betrayal, exploring the genesis of evil, the unforeseen consequences of love, and the ultimate unreliability of storytelling itself.

Paris in the 1920s shimmers with excitement, dissipation, and freedom. It is a place of intoxicating ambition, passion, art, and discontent, where louche jazz venues like the Chameleon Club draw expats, artists, libertines, and parvenus looking to indulge their true selves. It is at the Chameleon where the striking Lou Villars, an extraordinary athlete and scandalous cross-dressing lesbian, finds refuge among the club’s loyal denizens, including the rising Hungarian photographer Gabor Tsenyi, the socialite and art patron Baroness Lily de Rossignol; and the caustic American writer Lionel Maine.

As the years pass, their fortunes—and the world itself—evolve. Lou falls desperately in love and finds success as a race car driver. Gabor builds his reputation with startlingly vivid and imaginative photographs, including a haunting portrait of Lou and her lover, which will resonate through all their lives. As the exuberant twenties give way to darker times, Lou experiences another metamorphosis— sparked by tumultuous events—that will warp her earnest desire for love and approval into something far more.








It’s a PALM SPRINGS WEEKEND , & the LARE is Road trippin’ for the Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival !

The festival starts this Thursday, May 8th and runs through Sunday, May 11th and is a great way to get away for the weekend or for those who just didn’t get enough Noir at Noir City.

There will be many great guests this year like Barbara Hale for “The Window” & Nancy Olson for “Sunset Boulevard”, but we’re excited about being there for 2 guests in particular.

FRIDAY, MAY 9th @ 6:30 pm- join us along w/ author Victoria Wilson signing her definitive, “A Life of Barbara Stanwyck-Steel True 1907-1940″ & doing a Q & A about “Missy” Stanwyck after a screening of the film, “Sorry, Wrong Number”.

We’ll have books in the lobby at 6:30 before a 7:30 screening time.

SATURDAY,MAY 10 , 3 pm book signing/ 4 pm screening time for “THE KILLERS” w/ special guests author Kate Buford & Susie Lancaster!

If Burt & Ava on screen aren’t enough, (they are), we’ll still sweeten a sweet day w/ author Kate Buford who will be signing, “Burt Lancaster-An American Life” & special guest, Burt Lancaster’s widow Susie Lancaster.

They’ll talk about Burt, The Killers & lots more as well as signing the paperback edition of Kate’s great biography on one of the coolest of all time.

We might bring along some other noir goodies to sell too. See you in the Springs this weekend!

And if you can’t spend this weekend hiding out in the shadows, send in an order for a signed copy to be sent your way.



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