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Book Signings

This is a list of some of the authors who are scheduled to attend Cinecon 52. The book signings are part of the Cinecon Memorabilia Show which is normally located in the third floor meeting area of the Loews Hollywood Hotel but this year will be relocated to the mezzanine level (second floor) of the hotel.

 
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SILENT TRACES: Discovering Early Hollywood Through The Films of Charlie Chaplin
SILENT ECHOES: Discovering Early Hollywood Through The Films of Buster Keaton
SILENT VISIONS: Discovering Early Hollywood Through The Films of Harold Lloyd
Santa Monica Press
By John Bengston

The books provide a unique visual history of early Hollywood as depicted in the silent comedians’ classic movies by combining images from various films with archival photographs, historic maps, and scores of dramatic “then” and “now” photos, revealing dozens of movie locations that lay undiscovered in Hollywood for over 80 years.   John has given presentations at past Cinecons based on his research for these books and then conducted walking tours showing the actual movie locations depicted in the books.

This year John will be back to take us on another walking tour. He will be giving the same tour twice during weekend lunch breaks, first on Saturday (at about 12:05) and then again on Sunday (at about 12:40). To read more about John's tour visit his web page.

 
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A THOUSAND CUTS: the Bizarre Underground World of Collectors and Dealers Who Saved the Movies
University Press of Mississippi
By Dennis Bartok and Jeff Joseph

This book is a candid exploration of one of America’s strangest and most quickly vanishing subcultures. It is about the death of physical film in the digital era and about a paranoid, secretive, eccentric, and sometimes obsessive group of film-mad collectors who made movies and their projection a private religion in the time before DVDs and Blu-rays. It also examines one of the least-known episodes in modern legal history: the FBI’s and Justice Department’s campaign to harass, intimidate, and arrest film dealers and collectors in the early 1970s. Victims included Roddy McDowall, who was arrested in 1974 for film collecting and forced to name names of fellow collectors, including Rock Hudson and Mel Tormé. A Thousand Cuts explores the obsessions of the colorful individuals who created their own screening rooms, spent vast sums, negotiated underground networks, and even risked legal jeopardy to pursue their passion for real, physical film.

 
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HOLLYWOOD CELEBRATES THE HOLIDAYS 1920-1970
Schiffer
By Karie Bible & Mary Mallory

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

 
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THEDA BARA MY MENTOR: Under the Wings of Hollywood's First Femme Fatale
McFarland
By Joan Craig with Beverly F. Stout

As movie patrons sat in darkened theaters in January 1914, they were mesmerized by an alluring temptress with long sable hair and kohl-rimmed eyes. Theda Bara—“the vamp,” as she would come to be known—would soon be one of the highest paid film stars of the 1910s, earning an unheard of $4,000 per week, before retiring from the screen in 1926. Although Theda was retired she was very much a part of Hollywood. Hollywood celebrities flowed through her front door!

In 1946, at age five, the author met Bara—then 61—at her Beverly Hills home and the actress became her mentor. This memoir is the story of their friendship.

 
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THE DIARY OF A LOST GIRL (Louise Brooks edition)
PandorasBox Press
Edited By Thomas Gladysz

The 1929 Louise Brooks film, Diary imageof a Lost Girl, is based on a once famous and controversial book by Margarete Bohme which is counted among the bestselling titles of its time. The "Louise Brooks edition" of Bohme's book, edited by Thomas Gladysz (Director of the Louise Brooks Society), includes dozens of illustrations and an introductory essay detailing the book’s remarkable history and relationship to the acclaimed silent film. Gladysz also provided the audio commentary to last year's DVD & Blu-ray release of the film from Kino Lorber.

 
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THREE CHORDS FOR BEAUTY'S SAKE: The Life of Artie Shaw
Norton
By Tom Nolan

is a biography of the celebrated and internationally popular clarinetist and big-band leader of the 1930s, '40s and '50s. In addition to selling millions of copies of such records as "Begin the Beguine," "Frenesi," "Summit Ridge Drive," and "Star Dust," Artie appeared in movies (Dancing Co-Ed, Second Chorus), dated such stars as Judy Garland, Alice Faye, and Betty Grable; and was married to Ava Gardner, Lana Turner, Evelyn Keyes -- and four other women. The book draws on several interviews done by Nolan with Shaw between 1990 and 2004, and with other interviews with some 200 of Artie's friends and associates.

 
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FORGOTTEN HOLLYWOOD FORGOTTEN HISTORY
Book Publishers Network
By Manny Pacheco

Nothing grabs the mind like a finely craftedimage film. Memorable lines strike an instant impression, and imagery provides celluloid art to enjoy time and again. Bypassing the legendary stars from the studio era's golden age, Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History focuses on the character actors and actresses that consistently delivered stellar performances, and it offers a bold fresh new take of our human journey.

And Manny will also be bringing his follow-up book - Son of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History

 
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DASHING, DARING AND DEBONAIR: TV’s Top Male Icons from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s
Taylor Trade Publishing
By Herbie J. Pilato

Be they actors, comedians, singers, dancers, or talk show hosts and personalities, everyone from George Burns and Danny Thomas to Jack Benny and Jackie Gleason to Desi Arnaz and Caesar Romero ignited their own particular brand of “man-erisms.” In the process, they each inspired their audience to cheer them on—whatever their guise. This book, with a foreword by Adam "Batman" West, will explore and celebrate the men who invented manliness and became stars in the process. It also profiles such teenage heartthrobs as Leave it to Beaver's Tony Dow and The Partridge Family's David Cassidy, stars who left an indelible impression on a generation of young girls. Many of the stars granted exclusive interviews for this book.

 
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HARLOW IN HOLLYOOD: The Blonde Bombshell in the Glamour Capital, 1928-1937
Angel City Press
By Darrell Rooney and Mark Vieira

In her short decade in Hollywood, Harlow created a new genre of movie star--her fans idolized her for her peerless image, her beautiful body, and her gorgeous facade. "Harlow in Hollywood" is the story of how a town and an industry created her, a story that's never been told before. In these pages, renowned Harlow expert Darrell Rooney and Hollywood historian Mark Vieira team to present the most beautiful--and accurate--book on Harlow ever produced. With more than 280 rare images, the authors not only make a case for Harlow as an Art Deco artifact, they showcase the fabulous places where she lived, worked and played from her white-on-white Beverly Glen mansion to the Art Deco sets of "Dinner at Eight" to the foyer of the Cafe Trocadero. "Harlow in Hollywood" is a must for every film buff, Harlow collector, and book lover.

 
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LAUREL & HARDY: The Magic Behind the Movies
Bonaventure Press
By Randy Skretvedt

This is a massively expanded and updated edition of the book, which was originally published in 1987. The new hard cover edition with 632 pages has twice as much text as the original and four times as many photographs (now 1,000 of them). Most of the photos are previously unpublished and many of them are one-of-a-kind items from Oliver Hardy's personal collection. The text is based on interviews done in the 1970s and early '80s with 65 of Laurel and Hardy's working associates, along with original scripts and studio files.

 
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WILD BILL WELLMAN: Hollywood Rebel
Pantheon
By William Wellman, Jr.

William Wellman, Jr. has written this great new biography about his legendary father, famed director William "Wild Bill" Wellman. Here is a revealing, boisterous portrait of the handsome, tough-talking, hard-drinking, uncompromising maverick juvenile delinquent whose own life story was more adventurous and more unpredictable than anything in the movies. William Wellman is famous for directing such iconic pictures as: the pioneering World War I epic Wings (winner of the first Academy Award for best picture), Public Enemy, Nothing Sacred, the original A Star Is Born, Beggars of Life, The Call of the Wild, The Ox-Bow Incident, Battleground, The High and the Mighty.

 
 

This list of authors is subject to change without notice.

 

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