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Book Signings

This is a list of some of the authors who are scheduled to attend Cinecon 55. The book signings are part of the Cinecon Memorabilia Show which will be at the Loews Hollywood Hotel, 1755 N. Highland Avenue. Authors will be located in the third floor meeting area of the hotel along with the memorabilia show.


LETTERS FROM HOLLYWOOD Inside the Private World of Classic American Moviemaking
Abrams Books
By Rocky Lang & Barbara Hall

A Collection unlike any other, Letters from Hollywood reproduces rare correspondence between some of the most notable and talented film industry names of all time--from the silent era to the Golden Age and up through the pre-email days of the 1970's.

Culled from university libraries, archives, and personal collections by filmmaker Rocky Lang and archivist Barbara Hall, this is the first time most of these letters. Memos and telegrams have been printed in full, with many having never been seen by the greater public until now.

The book will be released on September 10th but the authors are planning to bring copies to our show. They said that they thought our Cinecon attendees would love the book and that it would be exciting to give them one of the first opportunities to see it.


MIRIAM HOPKINS: Life and Films of a Hollywood Rebel
University Press of Kentucky
By Allan R. Ellenberger

Miriam Hopkins first captured moviegoers' attention in daring precode films such as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931), The Story of Temple Drake (1933), and Ernst Lubitsch's Trouble in Paradise (1932). Though she enjoyed popular and critical acclaim in her long career--receiving an Academy Award nomination for Becky Sharp (1935) and a Golden Globe nomination for The Heiress (1949)--she is most often remembered for being one of the most difficult actresses of Hollywood's golden age. Whether she was fighting with studio moguls over her roles or feuding with her avowed archrival, Bette Davis, her reputation for temperamental behavior is legendary.

Ellenberger's skillful biography treats readers to the intriguing stories and controversies surrounding Hopkins and her career, but also looks beyond her Hollywood persona to explore the star as an uncompromising artist. The result is an entertaining portrait of a brilliant yet underappreciated performer.


HENRY BRANDON: King of the Bogeymen
BearManor Media
By Bill Cassara and Richard S. Greene

You’ve seen him stand shoulder to shoulder with John Wayne as Indian Chief Scar in The Searchers, as the insidious Fu Manchu with world domination desires and as Barnaby, the wicked nemesis to Laurel & Hardy in Babes In Toyland. What you might not know is the versatile Henry Brandon essayed a variety of characters in film, television and a stage career that spanned 55 years amassing over 200 roles. Authors Bill Cassara and Richard S. Greene team up to unveil Brandon’s career highlights as one of America’s most despicable villains and best character actors. As the vivid Hollywood story of this master craftsman unfolds, listen for Barnaby’s evil laughter echoing in the background.


THE MAN WHO MADE THE MOVIES The Meteoric Rise and Tragic Fall of William Fox
By Vanda Krefft

Although a major Hollywood studio still bears William Fox’s name, the man himself has been largely forgotten by history. Yet, Fox was arguably the most important of all the early movie moguls, a brilliant rags-to-riches entrepreneur who loved motion pictures and made many pivotal contributions to the industry’s art, technology, and business. After founding Fox Film in 1915, he created the first brand name sex symbol, Theda Bara; he also pioneered international distribution of U.S. films, championed the development of sound-on-film, built a deluxe nationwide theater chain, and gave crucial early career breaks to John Ford, Frank Borzage, and Howard Hawks. Among Fox’s landmark films were A Fool There Was (1915), Cleopatra (1917), The Iron Horse (1924), 7th Heaven (1927), and F.W. Murnau’s masterpiece, Sunrise (1927). Drawing on a decade of original research, The Man Who Made the Movies offers a richly detailed look at a complex man whose visionary ambitions lifted him to the height of success…and then suddenly cast him down to a tragic end.


MABEL NORMAND: The Life and Career of a Hollywood Madcap
By Timothy Dean Lefler

American silent film star Mabel Normand (1892–1930) appeared in a string of popular movies opposite the likes of Charlie Chaplin and Fatty Arbuckle during the 1910s and 1920s, before dying of tuberculosis at age 37. Her brief but remarkable career, which included director and writer credits as well as heading her own studio and production company, was marred by scandal—police connected her to the unsolved 1922 murder of director William Desmond Taylor—that defined her legacy. This book highlights Normand’s substantial yet long overlooked contributions to film history and popular culture, tracing her life from humble beginnings on Staten Island to the heights of world superstardom.


ELEMENTARY ART: 100 Years of Sherlock Holmes
Silver Screen Collectibles
By William S. Major

Featuring more than 350 photos, this book chronicles over 100 years of movie posters and images from Sherlock Holmes films, spanning silent pictures to present day. Along with great Sherlock images, Holmes’ impact on popular culture through the years is highlighted through multiple Holmesian inspired parody film poster images.

Author Bill Major is one of our memorabilia dealers so don't look for him at an author table, his book will be available at his Silver Screen Collectibles table.


imageBy Tom Nolan

This 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.

Tom will also be bringing the book that he edited with Suzanne Marrs, MEANWHILE THERE ARE LETTERS: The Correspondence of Eudora Welty and Ross Macdonald


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By Manny Pacheco

Nothing grabs the mind like a finely crafted 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 now Manny will be bringing the long-awaited new literary work in his Forgotten Hollywood book series, ROAD TO FORGOTTEN HOLLYWOOD FORGOTTEN HISTORY, to Cinecon 55. The book will feature a new batch of character actors from Hollywood’s Golden Age who are a part of America’s story.


BARBARA LA MARR: The Girl Who Was Too Beautiful for Hollywood
University Press of Kentucky
By Sherri Snyder

In the first full-length biography of the woman known as the "girl who was too beautiful," Sherri Snyder presents a complete portrait of one of the silent era's most infamous screen sirens. In five short years La Marr appeared in twenty-six films. Yet by 1925--finding herself beset by numerous scandals, several failed marriages, a hidden pregnancy, and personal prejudice based on her onscreen persona--she fell out of public favor. When she was diagnosed with a fatal lung condition, she continued to work, undeterred, until she collapsed on set. She died at the age of twenty-nine. Few stars have burned as brightly and as briefly as Barbara La Marr, and her extraordinary life story is one of tempestuous passions as well as perseverance in the face of adversity. Drawing on never-before-released diary entries, correspondence, and creative works, Snyder's biography offers a valuable perspective on her contributions to silent-era Hollywood and the cinematic arts.


This list of authors is subject to change without notice.


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