RETROFORMAT-Alice Howell & early silent comediannes!

Kelly Oxford knows the World is Against Her ! Live Talks w/ Kelly & Busy Philips

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 8pm

Kelly Oxford in conversation with Busy Philipps discussing her upcoming memoir, When You Find Out the World Is Against You: And Other Funny Memories About Awful Moments

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


Kelly Oxford, born in Edmonton, Canada, currently lives in Los Angeles with her three children. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller Everything is Perfect When You’re a Liar.

You can find her avoiding her book and screen writing on Twitter and Instagram (@kellyoxford). She likes poodles and PBS.

Rolling Stone, “The 25 Funniest People” on Twitter

Fast Company included Oxford in their 2017 Most Creative People list. Kelly Oxford likes to blow up the internet.

Whether it is with the kind of Tweets that lead Rolling Stone to name her one of the Funniest People on Twitter or with pictures of her hilariously adorable family (human and animal) or with something much more serious, like creating the hashtag #NotOkay, where millions of women came together to share their stories of sexual assault, Kelly has a unique, razor-sharp perspective on modern life. As a screen writer, professional sh*t disturber, wife and mother of three, Kelly is about everything but the status quo.

“Kelly Oxford’s writing is hilarious and fearless. She’s the badass Canadian sister I never had.” — Mindy Kaling

“Kelly is part geek, part freak. When You Find Out The World Is Against You shows us ourselves: our sensitivities, our awkward moments, our strange desires. She takes us through summer camp, dating, rape culture, Trump, death . . . Kelly Oxford c’est moi.” — James Franco

“I have worshipped the mind of Kelly Oxford for eons. Kelly Oxford’s concise, whip-smart observations feel eerily universal. When You Find Out the World is Against You shows that there is something to be learned from even the most absurd or devastating moments of life.” — Jill Soloway

“Two things I’m grateful for: how imperfect Kelly Oxford is at life and decision-making, and how terrific she is at writing about what a goddamn mess she is.” — Patton Oswalt

When You Find Out the World is Against You is filled with the biting, wise, and laugh-out-loud insights that have won Kelly legions of fans. Whether she’s detailing her obsession as an eleven-year-old with going to camp so she can become a “kissing bandit,” exploring the bittersweet boredom that so often accompanies parenthood, calling out the insanity of a posse of internet poodle vigilantes, writing bracingly about the anxiety that has plagued her as long as she can remember or taking us to ride shotgun as she stalks her husband on an accidental date with another man, When You Find Out the World Is Against You is Kelly at her most honest and disarmingly funny best. Her comedic skill, down-to-earth voice, and bull’s-eye observations on the absurdity of modern life mean there is nothing quite like seeing the world through Kelly’s eyes.

Busy Philipps is currently in HBO’s Vice Principals, an 18-episode comedy series from Eastbound & Down creators Danny McBride and Jody Hill. She was last seen on the popular TBS comedy Cougar Town where she plays ‘Laurie Keller’ opposite Courteney Cox. She was also recently seen in Joel Edgerton’s thriller The Gift. The STX film starred Joel Edgerton alongside Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall, a story of a young married couple’s lives that are thrown into a tailspin when an acquaintance from the husband’s path brings mysterious gifts and a horrifying secret to light. Philipps first garnered attention at the age of 19 in Judd Apatow and Paul Feig’s critically praised series, Freaks and Geeks, for her memorable performance as tough but sympathetic rebel teen ‘Kim Kelly’. Other television appearances include: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles; a recurring role as the devout Christian med-student ‘Hope Bobeck’ on season 14 of ER; a starring role in the UPN sitcom Love, Inc.; and as a regular in Dawson’s Creek. Philipps’ film roles include Kat Coiro’s A Case of You opposite Justin Long, Peter Dinklage and Sam Rockwell, Douglas McGrath’s I Don’t Know How She Does It starring Sarah Jessica Parker; the comedy romance He’s Just Not That Into You; and Made of Honor alongside Patrick Dempsey and Michelle Monaghan. Other film credits include, the lead role in the Shawn and Marlon Wayans comedy White Chicks; the high school tragedy, Home Room; as well as the teen drama The Smokers; and Anatomy of a Hate Crime for which she impressed critics and fans.

Get CURED! “The CURE in Orange ” & Lol Tolhurst in person!

FRIDAY, APRIL 21 st- 6:30 pm(books for sale)/ 7:30 pm screening- at the EGYPTIAN THEATRE in Hollywood

Being a long time fan of The CURE and having seen them in concert many times, it is a thrill to be able to announce special guest LOL TOLHURST  at the EGYPTIAN this Friday!

Come on down and get a copy of Lol’s book, “Cured-the Tale of Two Imaginary Boys” which the author will sign after the screening & Q & A .

Book signing will take place after the film, but books will be available beforehand.

There are still tickets available, but this will sell out!

CINEMATIC VOID 2017 Lol Tolhurst In Person!


Discussion after the film with Cure co-founder Lol Tolhurst, who will sign his book, Cured: The Tale of Two Imaginary Boys, following the Q&A. 35 mm!

30th Anniversary!

THE CURE IN ORANGE 1987, 113 min, USA, Dir: Tim Pope

This terrific concert film captures U.K. alternative rockers The Cure performing in the ancient Théâtre Antique d’Orange amphitheater while in France during their Beach Party tour. Frontman Robert Smith leads his band through 23 of their songs, playing a mix of singles and favorites from their first album, THREE IMAGINARY BOYS, through 1985’s THE HEAD ON THE DOOR, including such songs as “Inbetween Days,” “Let’s Go to Bed” and “Boys Don’t Cry.” Tickets: $15.

Here’s more about Cured The Tale of Two Imaginary Boys By Lol Tolhurst :

“On our first day of school, Robert and I stood at the designated stop at Hevers Avenue with our mothers, and that’s when we met for the very first time. We were five years old.”

So began a lifelong friendship that fourteen years later would result in the formation of The Cure, a quintessential post-punk band whose albums-such as Three Imaginary Boys, Pornography, and Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me-remain among the best-loved and most influential of all time. As two of the first punks in the provincial English town of Crawley, Lol Tolhurst and Robert Smith didn’t have it easy. Outsiders from the start, theirs was a friendship based initially on proximity and a shared love of music, from the punk that was raging in nearby London to the groundbreaking experimentation of David Bowie’s “Berlin Trilogy.” First known as The Easy Cure, they began playing in pubs and soon developed their own unique style and approach to songwriting, resulting in timeless songs that sparked a deep sense of identification and empathy in listeners, songs like “Boys Don’t Cry,” “Just Like Heaven,” and “Why Can’t I Be You?,” spearheading a new subculture dubbed “Goth” by the press. The music of The Cure was not only accessible but also deeply subversive, challenging conventional notions of pop music and gender roles while inspiring a generation of devoted fans and a revolution in style. Cured is not only the first insider account of the early days of the band, it is a revealing look at the artistic evolution of the enigmatic Robert Smith, the iconic lead singer, songwriter, and innovative guitarist at the heart of The Cure. A deeply rebellious, sensitive, tough, and often surprisingly “normal” young man, Smith was from the start destined for stardom, a fearless non-conformist and provocateur who soon found his own musical language through which to express his considerable and unique talent. But there was also a dark side to The Cure’s intense and bewildering success. Tolhurst, on drums and keyboards, was nursing a growing alcoholism that would destroy his place in The Cure and nearly end his life. Cured tells the harrowing and unforgettable story of his crash-and-burn, recovery, and rebirth. Intensely lyrical and evocative, gripping and unforgettable, Cured is the definitive story of a singular band whose legacy endures many decades hence, told from the point of view of a participant and eyewitness who was there when it happened-and even before it all began.

Laurence “Lol” Tolhurst met Robert Smith in 1964 on their first day of school and together they began a journey that would take them to the very pinnacle of musical success. In adolescence, Lol and Robert discovered that they shared the vision to form a group like the ones that had influenced them. This simple inspiration would create one of the most influential, critically acclaimed, and commercially successful groups of modern times: The Cure. Starting in 1978, Lol and The Cure would chart an impressive selection of achievements that includes selling over 27 million units worldwide and earning 40 Platinum and Gold Records. Lol, who continues to write and perform, makes his home in Los Angeles. 



Tea w/ Tippi! Tippi Hedren at Larry Edmunds Bookshop!

SUNDAY, APRIL 9th-11:30 am – 1 pm

One my favorite guests ever will be joining us here at Larry Edmunds Bookshop Sunday morning!

Many of you who have attended any of our past TCM Festival Sunday specials know that this is an amazing opportunity to get up close and personal with a legend!

Julie Adams, Carl Reiner, Mamie Van Doren, Shirley Jones & last years Illeana Douglas & friends are some past TCM Sunday signers.

This year we welcome the phenomenal, ageless, beautiful queen of the kitties, babe of the Birds, the one & only TIPPI HEDREN!

Come on down to the LARE Sunday morning and get a signed copy of, “Tippi -A Memoir” and meet the beautiful Tippi Hedren!

What a perfect way to start your final festival day, just one block east of the Egyptian Theatre! See you Sunday!
In this absorbing and surprising memoir, one of the biggest names of classic Hollywood—the star of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds and Marnie—tells her story, including never-before-revealed experiences on the set of some of the biggest cult films of all time . . . now with a foreword by Melanie Griffith

For decades, Tippi Hedren’s luminous beauty radiated from the silver screen, enchanting moviegoers and cementing her position among Hollywood’s elite—beauty and star power that continue to endure. For too long Hedren’s story has been told by others through whispered gossip and tabloid headlines. Now, Hedren sets the record straight, recalling how a young and virtuous Lutheran girl from small-town Minnesota became a worldwide legend—as one of the most famous Hitchcock girls, as an unwavering animal activist, and as the matriarch of a powerful Hollywood dynasty that includes her movie star daughter Melanie Griffith, and rising star Dakota Johnson, her granddaughter.
For the first time, Hedren digs deep into her complicated relationship with the man who discovered her talent, director Alfred Hitchcock, the benefactor who would become a repulsive and controlling director who contractually controlled her every move. She speaks openly about the dark pain she endured working with him on their most famous collaborations, The Birds and Marnie, and finding the courage she needed to break away.
Hedren’s incandescent spirit shines through as she talks about working with the great Charlie Chaplin, sharing the screen with some of the most esteemed actors in Hollywood, her experiences on some of the most intriguing and troubling film sets—including filming Roar, one of the most dangerous movies ever made—and the struggles of being a single mother—balancing her dedication to her work and her devotion to her daughter—and her commitment to helping animals.
Filled with sixteen pages of beautiful photos, Tippi is a rare and fascinating look at a private woman’s remarkable life no celebrity aficionado can miss.

TCM Classic FilmFest 2017

“Just Fly Away” w/ Andrew McCarthy & Live Talks

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 8pm

Andrew McCarthy in conversation with Pico Iyer discussing the writing life and his novel, Just Fly Away

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

3131 Olympic Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90404


Andrew McCarthy is a director, an award winning travel writer, and an actor. He is an editor-at-large at National Geographic Traveler, and has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, Travel+Leisure, AFAR, Men’s Journal, Bon Appetit, and many others. He has received six Lowell Thomas awards, and been named Travel Journalist of the Year by The Society of American Travel Writers. His travel memoir, The Longest Way Home, became a New York Times Best Seller, and the Financial Times named it one of the Best Books of the year. He served as guest editor for the prestigious Best American Travel series in 2015.

Just Fly Away is his debut novel published by Algonquin (March 2017). He made his professional début at 19 in Class, and has appeared in dozens of films, including such iconic movies as Pretty in Pink, St. Elmo’s Fire, Less Then Zero, and cult favorites Weekend At Bernie’s and Mannequin. He has starred on Broadway and on television, most recently appearing in The Family, on ABC. McCarthy is also a highly regarded television director; having helmed Orange is the New Black, The Blacklist, Grace and Frankie, and many others.

Pico Iyer is the author of twelve books, on subjects as varied as Cuba, globalism, Graham Greene and the XIVth Dalai Lama, and writes up to 100 articles a year for magazines from The New York Review of Books to Harper’s, and Vanity Fair to Wired. He delivered popular TED talks in both 2013 and 2014—his most recent book is a small TED Original on the theme of stillness, and his talk on the nature of home attracted millions of viewers—and he has written a film script for Miramax, done many liner notes for Leonard Cohen and written introductions to more than 50 other books. Born in Oxford, England, and educated at Eton, Oxford and Harvard, he has been based, since 1987, in Western Japan, while traveling widely, everywhere from North Korea to Ethiopia and Yemen to Easter Island. 

Two-Fer Tuesday w/ Bette Davis & the LARE @ the LAEMMLE!

TUESDAY, APRIL 4th- 6:30 pm signing/7:15 film-AHRYA FINE ARTS THEATRE-8556 Wilshire Blvd. in Beverly Hills- Bette Davis Double Bill w/ author Jeremy Arnold

Just a couple days before we officially join our friends for the TCM Festival getting ready to hit Hollywood, we will join TCM author Jeremy Arnold  for a great night of Bette Davis in Beverly Hills.

Jeremy will sign his book, “TCM the Essentials-52 Must See Movies and Why They Matter” as well as introducing both, “Now Voyager” (75th Anniversary) & “Marked Woman”.

NOW, VOYAGER -75th Anniversary!


Twofer Tuesdays Series- Bette Davis Double Feature Plays April 4 at Three Laemmle Theatres


Laemmle Theatres and the Anniversary Classics Series present Twofer Tuesdays, a classic movie double bill that will screen on the first Tuesday of each month as a recurring event. Our first attraction celebrates Hollywood legend Bette Davis in one of her most beloved roles, Now, Voyager (1942), on its 75th anniversary. As a bonus feature, we are pairing it with Marked Woman (1937; 80th anniversary) starring Davis and Humphrey Bogart. Both movies will show in three locations as a double feature (two movies, one admission price).

Now, Voyager (1942) is considered a consummate “woman’s film,” a genre that was Davis’ forte in her heyday in Hollywood’s Golden Age of the 1930s and 40s, an era that she ruled as a top box office star. The plush melodrama, based on a novel by Olive Higgins Prouty (author of Stella Dallas, another classic tale of a self-sacrificing, independent woman), was adapted by Casey Robinson (Dark Victory) and directed by Irving Rapper (Deception). The film was nominated for three Academy Awards, including Davis as Best Actress as a repressed spinster who emerges from her shell in one of the screen’s most dramatic makeovers. Co-starring Paul Henreid as her suave romantic partner, Oscar nominee Gladys Cooper (Supporting Actress) as her domineering mother and Claude Rains (one of Davis’ favorite actors), as a paternal psychiatrist; the film was a huge commercial hit, the biggest box office success for Davis in that period.

In The Essentials: 52 Must-See Movies and Why They Matter, author Jeremy Arnold calls it “a movie that has stood the test of time for its high entertainment value, romanticism, and subversive theme of female empowerment.” Featuring a lushly romantic Oscar-winning score by Max Steiner, and with one of the most memorable closing lines in movie history, Now, Voyager was added to the National Film Registry in 2007.

Our bonus feature, Marked Woman (1937) stars Davis as a nightclub “hostess” who becomes the target of a vengeful mobster (Eduardo Ciannelli), who in turn is prosecuted by a crusading district attorney (Humphrey Bogart). Co-written by Robert Rossen (All the King’s Men, The Hustler) and Abem Finkel (Jezebel, Sergeant York), and directed by Lloyd Bacon (42nd Street), the movie is notable for its “torn from the headlines” realism that characterized Warner Bros. style in the 1930s. Because of the censorious Production Code, the brothel employing Davis’ character was disguised as a clip joint. Davis’ assured performance and the film’s success contributed to her rise as queen of the Warner’s lot, a position she held for the next decade.

The Twofer Tuesdays double feature of Now, Voyager and Marked Woman plays April 4 at three locations: Ahrya Fine Arts, NoHo 7, and Pasadena Playhouse 7.

Special Introduction by film historian Jeremy Arnold at the Ahrya Fine Arts only.

Now, Voyager plays at 7:15 pm; Marked Woman at 5:00 pm and 9:45 pm. Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre 8556 Wilshire Blvd. Beverly Hills CA 90211 NoHo 7 5240 Lankershim Blvd. North Hollywood CA 91601 Playhouse 7 673 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena CA 91101  (310) 478-3836

Tickets are available at the theater box offices and :

More about the book: Showcasing 52 Essential films from the golden age to the present, Turner Classic Movies invites you into a world filled with stirring performances, dazzling musical numbers, and bold directorial visions that mark the greatest moments in film history. These are movies that define what it means to be a classic. Readers can enjoy one film per week, for a year of stellar viewing, or indulge in their own classic movie festival.

Jeremy Arnold is a writer and film historian who has written more than 500 articles for and numerous film trade publications. He has contributed audio commentary and written essays for the DVD release of films, and is author of the coffee-table book companion to the fiftieth anniversary blu-ray release of Lawrence of Arabia.

REVIEWS- “[An] excellent book. Author Arnold distills why each movie is a must-see, and augments his knowledgeable text with sidebar quotes from various TCM hosts…

Handsomely designed and packed with great photos, The Essentials would be a perfect gift for a young person who’s just dipping his or her toe into these waters…but I found it equally appealing.” —Leonard Maltin,

“An entertaining read… Beautifully-designed and illustrated… Author Jeremy Arnold does a superb job presenting the reasons why a particular film matters.” —Raymond Benson, Cinema Retro

Noir City Hollywood Finale! Eddie Muller signs “The Art of Noir”

SUNDAY, APRIL 2 -6:30 pm at the EGYPTIAN THEATRE-NOIR CITY HOLLYWOOD FINALE! Eddie Muller signs “The Art of Noir”!

Here’s hoping that you have had an opportunity to enjoy many nights of dark shadowy streets, dames & criminal activity. On the big screen of course.

Noir City Hollywood has been a wonderful line-up of wickedness and it is heading toward the climax. Sunday night, April 2 will be the final amazing double bill of, “The Big Heat” & “Wicked Woman”.

The Lare will return with the awesome, “The Art of Noir” by none other than the “Czar of Noir” himself, Eddie Muller who will also introduce the films.

Here is a chance to get one of the finest collection of posters from one of the coolest genres of all, signed by the man who picked them out.

We’ll see you Sunday & if you can’t make it, order a signed copy.

More about the book:

Film noir is all about style, even more than it is about crime. The poster art from the noir era has a bold look and an iconography all its own. During noir’s golden age, studios commissioned these arresting illustrations for even the lowliest “B” thriller. The Art of Noir is the first book to present this striking artwork in a lavishly produced, large-format, full-color volume. The more than 300 dazzling posters and other promotional material range from the classics to rare archive films such as The Devil Thumbs a Ride and Blonde Kiss. With rare offerings from around the world and background information on the illustrators, The Art of Noir is the ultimate companion for movie buffs and collectors, as well as artists and designers.

“To look at these movie posters is to glimpse a world of passionate intensity, one mingling desperation, loneliness, erotic obsession, and greed.” —Washington Post Book World

“If any collection of pictures that don’t move can be said to capture the essential spirit of noir, The Art of Noir does.” —Los Angeles Times

Eddie Muller, “The Czar of Noir,” is the founder and president of the Film Noir Foundation, and provides commentary for noir films and specials on Turner Classic Movies. He created his own graphics firm, St. Francis Studio, and is the author of Grindhouse, Dark City Dames, and Dark City. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

More about the films :

Double Feature! THE BIG HEAT / WICKED WOMAN Presented by the American Cinematheque and Film Noir Foundation Big Boss Sponsor: Warner Archive Femmes Fatale Sponsors: Bonhams, GOLDEN AGE Gumshoe Sponsors: Hoccomocco Pictures/Thin Ice, Museum of Neon Art, Sweeney Todd’s Barber Shop Opening Night Beverage Sponsors: CLARENDELLE inspired by Haut-Brion, Teeling Irish Whiskey and Pisco Viejo Tonel.

Introduction by Eddie Muller of the Film Noir Foundation.

THE BIG HEAT 1953, Sony Repertory, 90 min, USA, Dir: Fritz Lang One of director Fritz Lang’s best Hollywood films tells the tale of a virtuous cop (Glenn Ford) out for revenge against the gangster who killed his wife. Assisting him in his one-man crusade against the city’s corrupt power base is a kooky, sexy dame (Gloria Grahame, in perhaps her signature role) who’s out for a little vengeance of her own. Featuring an all-time thuggish turn by a young Lee Marvin. As compact and compelling as any crime film ever made.

WICKED WOMAN 1953, Park Circus/MGM, 77 min, USA, Dir: Russell Rouse In this racy little B-movie, scarlet woman Beverly Michaels (PICKUP) cons saloon owner Richard Egan into bilking his boozy wife out of her dough, then toys with the affections of slavering devotee Percy Helton (as you’ve never seen him before). She plans on dumping both and leaving a dust trail to Mexico. Michaels was definitely director Rouse’s kind of woman: They married after making this picture – an extra twist to this juicy noir. Featuring a title song that’s a cult favorite!

Screening format: DCP (THE BIG HEAT), 35mm (WICKED WOMAN) 




FRIDAY,MARCH 24th-6:30 pm books/ 7:30 movies-NOIR CITY HOLLYWOOD!

I  know it is spring when there is murder in the air! 20 films! 10 days! Many not on DVD!

Noir City Hollywood kicks off year #19 at the Egyptian Theatre this Friday & the LARE will be there! Why would you wish to be anywhere other than the scene of the crime?

We will be in attendance with special guest Renee Patrick who will be signing the new paperback edition of, “Design For Dying- A Lillian Frost & Edith Head Novel”.

Then, our Masters of Ceremony, Muller & Rode will lead us down the path to the double feature, “This Gun For Hire” & “Quiet Please, Murder”.

And this is only the beginning! We will be back with more Noir City news soon very soon! In the meantime, get ready baby, it’s time to go for a ride…

NOIR CITY: FILM NOIR FESTIVAL 2017 75th Anniversary Double Feature! THIS GUN FOR HIRE / QUIET PLEASE, MURDER Presented by the American Cinematheque and Film Noir Foundation Big Boss Sponsor: Warner Archive Femmes Fatale Sponsors: Bonhams, GOLDEN AGE Gumshoe Sponsors: Hoccomocco Pictures/Thin Ice, Museum of Neon Art, Sweeney Todd’s Barber Shop Opening Night Beverage Sponsors: CLARENDELLE inspired by Haut-Brion and Teeling Irish Whiskey.

Introduction by Eddie Muller of the Film Noir Foundation. Cocktail hour between films for all ticket buyers, sponsored by CLARENDELLE inspired by Haut-Brion and Teeling Irish Whiskey.

New 35mm Print! THIS GUN FOR HIRE 1942, Universal, 81 min, USA, Dir: Frank Tuttle

“He’s dynamite with a gun or a girl.” With a screenplay by W.R. Burnett (THE ASPHALT JUNGLE) and Albert Maltz (NAKED CITY) based on the novel by Graham Greene, here is one of the genuinely seminal films in Hollywood’s original noir movement! This taut thriller made stars of Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake, who’d become Paramount’s biggest box-office duo of the 1940s. Ladd plays lone-wolf assassin Philip Raven, who enlists Lake’s aid in freeing himself from a frame-up by a secret cadre of “fifth columnists.” John Seitz’s camerawork presages the shadowy dread he’d bring to sunny Los Angeles in DOUBLE INDEMNITY. Lake sports sensational outfits created by the legendary Edith Head. Costarring Robert Preston and the fabulous Laird Cregar, in one of his earliest performances. A must-see!

Archival 35mm Print! Never on DVD! QUIET PLEASE, MURDER 1942, 20th Century Fox, 70 min, USA, Dir: John Francis Larkin George Sanders is at his arrogant best as a master forger who steals a priceless Shakespeare folio while teaming up with femme fatale Gail Jackson. The scene of the crime: the Los Angeles Public Library! An example of the Fox B-unit at its best! Also starring Richard Denning.

More about the book :

Nominated for the Agatha Award for Best First Novel and the Left Coast Crime Award for Best Debut Mystery! reviews for design for dying “A champagne-flavored frolic of a first mystery … sure to delight fans of old Hollywood and Turner Classic Movies.” —Library Journal

“Set in 1937, Patrick’s upbeat, name-dropping debut starring real-life Hollywood costume designer Edith Head puts feminine cleverness, fashion sense, and social acumen front and center … create(s) both a complex environment for sleuthing replete with possibilities and an exciting sense of the glamorous, gossipy, and creative world of cinema’s golden age. The warm working relationship that develops between Lillian and Edith will leave readers eager to see more of their adventures.” —Publishers Weekly

“As effervescent as champagne and as charming as Myrna Loy, Design for Dying is an enchanting debut that promises fun and adventure in vintage Hollywood … Here’s hoping this is the first in a long-lived series.” —Crimespree Magazine

“In this first of a planned Lillian Frost & Edith Head series, readers will be swept away on a murder mystery set in Hollywood’s Golden Era … Design for Dying is well designed indeed … Fans of Hollywood noir films, the Poirot series, and other cozy mysteries will want to read Design for Dying as will anyone with a love of historical characters brought to life.” —New York Journal of Books

“Plucky protagonist Lillian Frost joins forces with pragmatic, witty Edith Head to help solve the murder of beauty queen Ruby Carroll, found in an alley wearing a costume thieved from Paramount’s wardrobe department. Add a flamboyant Argentinian lothario, whose family made its fortune mining emeralds, an enigmatic Hungarian princess on-the-lam, and an elegant Burmese cat called Miss Sarah Bernhardt and you’ll begin to understand why this champagne-cocktail-of-a-crime-novel is so beguiling. Supporting parts played by Barbara Stanwyck and Preston Sturges will make every seasoned cinephile swoon. Design for Dying is a delight.” —Louise Penny, New York Times best-selling author of the Chief Inspector Gamache series



Sarah Dunn “LiveTalks” about “The Arrangement” w/ special guest Ali Wong!

Monday, March 27, 2017- 8pm

Sarah Dunn in conversation with Ali Wong discussing the writing life and her novel, The Arrangement

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

3131 Olympic Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90404


Sarah Dunn is a novelist and television writer whose credits include Spin City (for which she co-wrote Michael J. Fox’s farewell episode) and the critical darling Bunheads, which you would have loved. Her debut novel, The Big Love, is available to read in nineteen languages. Dunn is also the creator and executive producer of the 2016 ABC series, American Housewife. She lives outside New York City with her family and their seventeen chickens.

“Daring and darkly funny, Sarah Dunn’s The Arrangement is this summer’s must-read. Her take on middle-age and family life is wry, poignant and spot-on. Readers will recognize themselves and their friends in this wonderfully comic novel.” ?Candace Bushnell, author of Sex and the City

“A hilarious, spot-on comedy of the heart about middle-aged marriage and what happens when it goes off the rails.” ?Maria Semple, author of Where’d You Go, Bernadette

Ali Wong is a comedian, actress, and writer living in Los Angeles, CA.

On Mother’s Day 2016, Netflix released her first stand-up special, Baby Cobra which was filmed when she was 7 months pregnant. Wong is currently shooting ABC’s new sitcom American Housewife as well as writing on Fresh off the Boat. Wong has performed on Late Night with Seth Meyers, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show and Comedy Underground with Dave Attell. She has also appeared in Oliver Stone’s Savages and was a series regular on NBC’s Are You There Chelsea? and the ABC drama, Black Box opposite Vanessa Redgrave and Kelly Reilly. She makes regular appearances on Chris Hardwick’s late-night game show @Midnight, and Inside Amy Schumer.

The Arrangement is a hilarious and emotionally charged novel about a couple who embark on an open marriage-what could possibly go wrong? Lucy and Owen, ambitious, thoroughly-therapized New Yorkers, have taken the plunge, trading in their crazy life in a cramped apartment for Beekman, a bucolic Hudson Valley exurb. They’ve got a two hundred year-old house, an autistic son obsessed with the Titanic, and 17 chickens, at last count. It’s the kind of paradise where stay-at-home moms team up to cook the school’s “hot lunch,” dads grill grass-fed burgers, and, as Lucy observes, “chopping kale has become a certain kind of American housewife’s version of chopping wood.” When friends at a wine-soaked dinner party reveal they’ve made their marriage open, sensible Lucy balks. There’s a part of her, though-the part that worries she’s become too comfortable being invisible-that’s intrigued. Why not try a short marital experiment? Six months, clear ground rules, zero questions asked. When an affair with a man in the city begins to seem more enticing than the happily-ever-after she’s known for the past nine years, Lucy must decide what truly makes her happy-“real life,” or the “experiment?”

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