Kenneth Turan’s favorite films span a century of the world’s most satisfying romances and funniest comedies, the most heart-stopping dramas and chilling thrillers from All About Eve to Seven Samurai to Sherlock Jr. He will be reading from his recently-published volume Not To Be Missed: Fifty-Four Favorites From A Lifetime Of Film on Monday, June 23, 2014 at 12:00PM. See details about Turan’s appearance and read an excerpt from the book here.
In Roadshow! , film historian Matthew Kennedy tells the fascinating story of the downfall of the big-screen musical in the late 1960s. It is a tale of revolutionary cultural change, business transformation, and artistic missteps, all of which led to the obsolescence of the roadshow, a marketing extravaganza designed to make a movie opening in a regional city seem like a Broadway premier. On Thursday, June 26, Kennedy will deliver a Slideshow Presentation from 7:00-8:30PM at Folio Books, 3957 24th Street, San Francisco, preceded by a wine and cheese reception. Read an excerpt from the book here. Continue reading
by Michael Guillén
He’s been on the road straining his thumb and has written a memoir about his experiences, Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), one of New York Magazine‘s 6 Books to Read This Summer and one of Publishers Weekly‘s Best Summer Books of 2014 and probably the only audio book I will ever listen to. Hopefully, he can catch a ride to his upcoming appearances promoting the book. Continue reading
Ruth Reichl will be participating in a City Arts & Lectures conversation with Leah Garchik on Monday, May 19, 2014, 7:30 PM @ Nourse Theater. Click here for ticket information. See a full listing of other Bay Area appearances and book signings May 19-21, and read an excerpt from Reichl’s new book here. Continue reading
When Friedrich Nietzsche made angel food cake, did the angel survive the encounter? When Sigmund Freud handled raw fish, where did his thoughts take him? Exactly what did Dorothy Parker mean by the term ”Parker House Rolls?” And how did Ernest Hemingway handle his favorite bullfight souvenirs? Continue reading