May 26, 7:30pm: Nadja Poderegin (The Victims and the Fools) Book Launch at The Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in London, U.K.
May 27-29: Jackey Neyman Jones (Growing Up with "Manos: The Hands of Fate") at Crypticon Seattle Convention
June 4-5: Wizard Of MGM, behind the scenes of FORBIDDEN PLANET and WIZARD OF OZ, will be showcased at WonderFest convention in Louisville, KY
June 9-11: Ann Snuggs (Dick Jones: Where the Action Was) at the Memphis Film Festival, TN
June 15, 7:00pm: Larry Sean Kinder (Una Merkel: The Actress with Sassy Wit and Southern Charm) at Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Crestview Hills, KY
June 25, 9:30am: Michael A. Smith (Jaws 2: The Making of the Hollywood Sequel) at the Magnolia Grill, Fort Walton Beach, FL
August 6, 10am-5pm: Carol Lynn Scherling (Blondie Goes to Hollywood) at Dover Comic Con, Dover Public Library, DE
August 27: Brian Gari (We Bombed in New London) at the Jolson Festival, Oceanside, NY
October 8: Michael Colby (The Algonquin Kid) at The American Popular Song Society
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I was pleasantly surprised to see how many people author Adam Nedeff was able to interview and what a fabulous book resulted. While it is a fine tribute to an amazing man, it's also realistic about his foibles. It's not often that a book of this thickness keeps me eagerly reading every single word. Bravo! Job well done!
This is a really gripping book, a love set story set against the complex historical context of the Second World War in the Balkans, alternating with London in the 1970s. The characters are very engaging, their ideologies and psychologies heightening the storyline. A compelling read!
As a character actor in film and television, Albert Salmi had a prolific and distinguished career. The son of immigrants from Finland, he grew up in Brooklyn and trained at the famed Actors Studio. Salmi made his first mark in the theater in William Inge’s BUS STOP. Biographer Sandra Grabman combines Salmi’s unpublished memoirs with her extensive research to explore his devotion to his craft, his memorable life, and, finally, the murder-suicide that ended it all. This is an exceptional treatment of a unique story.
This book is has many elements: suspense, humor, tragedy, mystery, and great character and plot development. I was on the edge of my seat until the very end. Fine writers, that Kotar and Gessler team!
Baby boomers will remember Pat Buttram as the lovable con-artist Mr. Haney on the classic sitcom GREEN ACRES, but they may not realize that he was one of Hollywood’s most famous sidekicks—of Gene Autry, no less—or that he was a celebrated voice actor and one of the country’s leading multi-media humorists for decades. Sandra Grabman effectively captures the rise from solid yet humble origins, the comic skills, popularity, and warmth of a man who was a comic icon and much more.
Peggy Ann Garner was awarded a special Oscar for her performance in A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN (1945). Parts in other films followed. Garner was not the typical Hollywood child star modeled after Shirley Temple or Elizabeth Taylor; her beauty was natural, “plain,” and she embodied a new paradigm. After her initial success, Garner continued to act, primarily on stage and in television. Her life was complicated by a forceful and unpredictable mother. Sandra Grabman depends heavily on letters and other documents of the prolific Virginia Garner, ultimately rejected by her daughter but always a shadow in her life. The biography of Peggy Ann Garner is, in many ways, stranger than fiction, and Ms. Grabman traces of the ups-and-downs in an affecting manner. A chain of unhappiness and unsuccessful relationships, rather than a charmed existence, lies at the center of PLAIN BEAUTIFUL. This is a story worth telling, and Ms. Grabman tells it beautifully.
NO RETAKES! offers a superb look at the history and early days of television. Sandra Grabman and Wright King (who appeared in many programs in the 1950s and 1960s) provide many general comments and personal stories by the protagonists of this key period. The range is impressive, the writing is heartfelt, and the stories are fascinating. Applause to Ms. Grabman and Mr. King for a job well done.
Mr.Hyatts book on the Carol Burnett Show should be a template that all authors aspire to when celebrating a book with this iconic status. Wesley captures so effortlessly why the Carol Burnett Show was the crown jewel of that Saturday night in the 70 where it was fashionable to stay home with your family and forget all your woes.
I fell in love with this book the instant I read the title. It was as if this book was written specifically for me...a guy who once wrote a book on every TV series idea rejected by the networks since the dawn of the medium. I mean, who else would buy a book about 111 sitcom spin-off pilots that went nowhere? Well, you should, my friend. Because if you love television, and if you're interested in how this crazy business works, this is a must-read. This is virtually a sequel to Irvin's marvelous FORGOTTEN LAUGHS, his book about extraordinarily short-lived sitcoms and written with the same breezy style and indepth research, which involves more than just sorting through old TV Guides (as so many writers of TV reference books do). Irvin has gone out and, in many cases, interviewed the key writers, producers and actors involved in the aborted spin-offs. Where else will you learn about the aborted spinoffs from such short-lived failures as IT HAD TO BE YOU. THAT'S MY MAMA, and ALL AMERICAN GIRL? Or learn about the five, count'em FIVE, intended spin-offs from THE FACTS OF LIFE (itself a spinoff from DIFF'RENT STROKES?) You gotta get this book. And, if you are a true student of television, also buy FORGOTTEN LAUGHS and Irvin's GEORGE BURNS TV PRODUCTIONS.
Christopher Korman 3 hrs · Las Vegas · Author and tv historian Wesley Hyatt's love letter to all those who loved the Carol Burnett Show is ready for pre order right now on Amazon.Wesley dedicated 3 years of his profffessional life to capturing the essence of this iconic show from both sides of the camera .It was a honor to be able to celebrate my father Harvey Korman's 10 years on a show that cemented him as one of the greatest versatile performers of his time on this iconic show and written by a writer without peer Wesley Hyatt.