Not To Be Missed: Fifty-Four Favorites from a Lifetime of Film

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.

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Roadshow!: The Fall of Film Musicals in the 1960s

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

John Waters: CARSICK Book Tour

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