Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Marx Brothers



Andrew T Smith, author of the fabulous BearManor book, 'Marx & re-Marx: Creating and re-creating the lost Marx Brothers Radio Series' was recently interviewed by the Marx Brothers Council of Great Britain.  In the interview, Andrew discusses how he first became a fan of The Marx Brothers, what his favourite films are and much, much more.

If you'd like to read the interview in full, please visit their website:
http://www.marxcouncil.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/weirdos-whatnots-and-flywheel-fireside.html

To order a copy of the book, please visit our website:

A Maverick Life: The Jack Kelly Story

We at BearManor are always thrilled to see reviews for our books online.  We recently caught up with author Linda J Alexander, who told us about the following Amazon review which we just had to share with you all:


Despite all we read and hear about the missteps, mishaps, and misjudgments of celebrities, there is still something in us that wants to place them in a category of magical people who are unlike the rest of us. In her book, A Maverick Life: The JACK KELLY STORY, while giving him his much deserved, professional due, author, Linda Alexander manages to sift through all of the fantastical thinking linked to her protagonist and humanizes him to such an extent that the reader is able to imagine him as a next door neighbor, or a beloved uncle. Laced with brainy, one-liners by Mr. Kelly such as "Money still talks, but these days you have to increase the volume," statements that succinctly introduce the topic of each chapter in this interesting and well-written book, and copious photographs that in themselves are a brilliant anthology of the life of this popular actor, the research Ms. Alexander put into this literary work is staggering. This book is as entertaining as Jack Kelly himself, and deserving of a place on every reader's list of books to savor this summer.
-Linda Lee Greene, author, GUARDIANS AND OTHER ANGELS and co-author of Jesus Gandhi Oma Mae Adams.



As well as the fabulous review, Linda Lee Greene also gave the book 5 stars too.  Thanks Linda!!


If you'd like to buy a copy of 'A Maverick Life' yourself, please visit our website:


http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=a%20maverick%20life&product_id=445

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Henry Darrow

We are very pleased that Henry Darrow, co-author of 'Henry Darrow: Lightning in the Bottle' has been interviewed by Sue Thurman on Examiner.com.

The interview is very interesting and Henry talks about all manner of things, including his career on 'The High Chaparral.'  We are very proud that Henry is a BearManor author and hope you enjoy the interview.

To read the interview in full, please go to:
http://www.examiner.com/article/henry-darrow-talks-about-the-high-chaparral

To order a copy of Henry's book, please visit our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=jan%20pippins&product_id=486

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Suzanne Sumner Ferry


We are extremely pleased to tell you that The Signal Tribune has written a very nice article about BearManor author Suzanne Sumner Ferry and her book, 'The Day the Stars Stood Still.' The article talks about Suzanne, the book and her book launch which is taking place this Friday.

For more details and to read the article please click here: http://www.signaltribunenewspaper.com/archives/14973

and to order Suzanne's book, please visit our website: http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=Suzanne%20sumner&product_id=496

Memphis Film Festival

The Memphis Film Festival takes place from 31 May to 2 June.  There will be a variety of BearManor authors taking part, including:

Henry Darrow, co-author of ‘Henry Darrow: Lightning in the Bottle’
Jan Pippins, co-author of ‘Henry Darrow: Lightning in the Bottle’

Martin Grams, author of six BearManor books.

John Buttram, nephew of Pat Buttram who is the subject of Sandra Grabman’s book,  ‘Pat Buttram: Rocking-Chair Humorist’

And our very own Sandra Grabman (author of many BearManor books)

Good luck to all our authors who are attending, and if you’d like to find out more about the festival, please go to their website:http://www.memphisfilmfestival.com/.

Or to the FaceBook page:
http://www.facebook.com/groups/131588663542404/

Monday, May 28, 2012

Steve Stoliar

We are really happy to say that Steve Stoliar's book, 'Raised Eyebrows' has been featured on Noah's Comedy Palace blog.  It is given a very good review and Noah ends the article by declaring 'Hooray, hooray, hooray.'  We couldn't agree more!!


To read the article in full, please go to Noah's Comedy Palace:
http://noahscomedypalace.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/raised-eyebrows.html

And to order a copy of the book for yourself, you can visit our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=steve%20stoliar&product_id=429

Book of the Week - Don Ameche


Our Book of the Week this time is 'Don Ameche: The Kenosha Comeback Kid by our very own Ben Ohmart.

The official biography of the Oscar-winning actor of Cocoon, and the great radio actor, Don Ameche. Written with the aid of the Ameche family, this first book features over 100 rare photos and many interviews with family and friends. Foreword by John Landis, director of Trading Places. With over 100 pictures!


Here are what the critics are saying about this highly interesting book:

"Ohmart has written a well-researched work..." - Radiogram

"...well-recommended." - Movie Memories

"Wonderful book! Your writing captured the dimension of Ameche during the years when he was at his best. We all thank you for that. You captured his sensitivity." - - Ted Key, creator of Hazel, and Disney screenwriter

"...pleasing new biography. It's a lineaer, clearly written book, based in large part on the author's privileged access to Ameche family members and papers. Ohmart has dug out career and personal nuggets that give intriguing pictures of Ameche (a more complex man than his fans ever imagined), of a changing Hollywood, and the perils of mixing career ambition with responsibilities as a husband and father. Author Ben Ohmart (also the founder of Bear Manor books) has put together a touching biography--not in the sentimental sense, but in its clear-eyed view of how one man and his family struggled against the vicissitudes of Hollywood life. This is a very human book about a superb talent." - Filmfax

You can order a copy of the book from our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=ben%20ohmart&product_id=131

The Artist and other Silent Stars

I'm sure I'm not the only person to run out and get a copy of 'The Artist' on DVD this morning.  If you, like me, are obsessed with silent stars and the world they lived in, then you will love the silent film-related books that we publish!

Here are just a few:


Dangerous Curves Atop Hollywood Heels: The Lives, Careers and Misfortunes of 14 Hard-luck Girls of the Silver Screen by Michael G. Ankerich
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=hollywood%20heels&product_id=123


The First Male Stars: Men of the Silent Era by David W. Menefee
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=silent%20&product_id=154

Silent Lives: 100 Biographies of the Silent Film Era by Lon Davis
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=silent%20&product_id=349

Silent Lives: Classic Screen Moments (DVD)
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=silent%20&product_id=488


Talking to the Piano Player: Silent Film Stars, Writers and Directors Remember by Stuart Oderman
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=silent%20&product_id=361

These are just some of our Silent Film books.  We have many more where they came from, so please visit our website at www.BearManorMedia.com for more details.

And to get you in the mood to celebrate those wonderful ladies and gentlemen of the silent screen, here is the trailer for 'The Artist'





Linda J Alexander interview


Our lovely author, Linda J Alexander is featured in 'The Lovely Pink Diva' online magazine this month.  In the interview Linda talks about all kinds of things, including her BearManor book, 'A Maverick Life: The Jack Kelly Story.'

To read the magazine, please click on the link below and scroll through the online magazine to page 19:
http://www.lovelypinkdiva.com/issue-13-every-woman-needs-gbf/

And to order Linda's book, please go to our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=maverick%20life&product_id=445

David Pierce Interview


We at BearManor are very happy that David Pierce, author of The Bewitched History Book has just been interviewed by Author Magazine.

You can listen to the interview here:
http://authormagazine.org/interviews/interview_page_d_pierce.htm

And you can order a copy of the book from our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=bewitched%20history%20book&product_id=489


Thursday, May 24, 2012

Suzanne Sumner Ferry

We recently caught up with Suzanne Sumner Ferry, author of 'The Day the Stars Stood Still,' who had the following news to share:

"I had a great time speaking with Mayor Bill Dow of Buena Park and the Council members and audience.  I presented Mayor Dow with a signed copy of my book, then invited them all to the signing/launch."

We at BearManor are very proud of Suzanne for meeting the Mayor!  We really hope both he and other readers take the time to visit Suzanne during the book launch.  Please see our separate blog entry for more details.

In the meantime, we hope you like the photograph of Suzanne in the Mayor's chambers!!


Suzanne's book can be ordered from our website: 



Henry Darrow


We are really pleased to tell you that the Kirkus Reviews website - who pride themselves on being 'The World's Toughest Book Critics' - have given 'Henry Darrow: Lightning in the Bottle,' a very positive review.

Please read the review in full here:
http://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/jan-pippins/henry-darrowlightning-in-the-bottle/#review

And then pop over to our website to buy a copy of this marvellous book for yourself!
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=henry%20darrow&product_id=486

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Pinterest

We are happy to say that BearManor Media now has a board on Pinterest.  Pinterest is a new concept, where you can pin pictures to your board for others to see.  We have about a dozen 'pins' on our board at the moment and will continue to add to it.

So if you are looking for something to read and don't know quite what to choose, just have a look at our Pinterest board for some inspiration and suggestions.

Please feel free to follow us and spread the word.  Thank you!

http://pinterest.com/mmwritergirl/bearmanor-media/

Monday, May 21, 2012

Joe Estevez


BearManor Media proudly announces the release of its new book, Joe Estevez: Wiping Off the “Sheen.”


Joe Estevez has acted in several hundred films and television shows. Wiping Off the Sheen offers a look inside the mind and career of independent film’s most prolific actor. Joe gives insight into his career; thoughts on Mystery Science Theater 3000, critics, good and bad movies, Apocalypse Now, and much more. Joe opens up with heartfelt admissions about family, including his brother Martin Sheen. Wiping Off the Sheen offers an inside look at Joe Estevez that can’t be found anywhere else!

About the authors
Brad Paulson is an independent filmmaker and lives in Los Angeles, California. This is his second book, the first being Dwarfsploitation, also with Chris Watson.
Chris Watson is an award-winning filmmaker of several internationally-distributed films. Watson previously co-wrote the books Reflections on Blaxploitation, Dwarfsploitation, and Dirty Talk.

This book is available to pre-order from our website:

Linda J Alexander


BearManor author Linda J Alexander will be guest on the TV Confidential radio show very soon.  Linda is the author of the fabulous BearManor book, 'A Maverick Life: The Jack Kelly Story,' which is available to order from our website:

http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=linda%20j.%20alexander&product_id=445

Watch this space for more details...

Mary Ann Anderson

Mary Ann Anderson, the author of the BearManor books, 'Mr Adams and Eve' and 'Ida Lupino: Beyond the Camera', will feature on the TV Confidential radio show during the week of 6th-12th June.

To visit the TV Confidential website, please click here:

And to order copies of Mary Ann's books, please visit the BearManor website:

Friday, May 18, 2012

Book of the Week


Our Book of the Week this time is Foxy Lady: the authorized biography of Lynn Bari by Jeff Gordon

Laura Wagner from Classic Images said: "Without a doubt, Foxy Lady is the best biography I have ever read."

Foxy Lady is based on author Jeff Gordon's extensive conversations with Bari, a warm and highly intelligent woman with a delicious sense of humor and the gift of total recall. Gordon's research also involved interviews with dozens of Lynn's friends, family members and professional associates, including Anthony Quinn, Alice Faye, Claire Trevor, Roddy McDowall and George Montgomery.

About the author: Jeff Gordon is a noted film historian whose work has appeared in Classic Images, Films of the Golden Age, Focus on Film, and numerous other entertainment-oriented publications. In 1984 he formed Jagarts, a retail business and rental archive dealing with the history of American movies through graphic art, photography and publicity. Gordon had been at the helm of a cinema society in New York City for seven years. Since 2004 he has been running a film group in Knoxville, Tennessee, where he currently resides.


To order the book, please visit our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=60&product_id=266

And here is a tribute to Lynn Bari:

Marilyn Knowlden


We recently spoke to Marilyn Knowlden, author of the wonderful BearManor book, 'Little Girl in Big Pictures' who updated us on her recent adventures.  She tells us that the UCLA Film & Television Archive is sponsoring a two-month celebration of Universal Pictures' 100 years, presenting 36 different films over a two-month period, and Marilyn is in two of those films!

On May 19th at Hollywood's Billy Wilder Theater, Marilyn will be speaking and answering questions at a showing of Show Boat and on June 10th she will be doing the same thing for Imitation of Life.

Marilyn will also be doing a book signing for her autobiography, "Little Girl in Big Pictures" on both occasions!

Well done Marilyn!!  To order a copy of her book, please visit our website:

http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=marilyn%20knowlden&product_id=270

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Sondra Lee



We are delighted that Sondra Lee, author of the BearManor book, 'I've Slept with Everybody: A Memoir' is currently directing a play entitled 'Go See.'

To order a copy of Sondra's book, please visit our website:

And for more information about the play, please read on....

GO SEE by Norris Church Mailer, is a workshop production directed by Sondra Lee.  It will be performed on May 22 and 23 at 8pm at The Arclight Theatre, 152 West 71st Street, NYC (near Lincoln Center)

Go See is a provocative, bold, and thoughtful exploration of personal, cultural, and sexual identity as told through Marie/Michelle, a woman working in a sex booth on 42nd street. She meets anthropologist David/Paul when he visits her booth conducting research for his new book on women's sexuality. The mystery of Marie/Michelle's identity, and of David/Paul's motives drives Go See to a dynamic and touching end. The play stars Lauren Fox and Brian Delate.
  
Norris Church Mailer, author of the novels Windchill Summer and Cheap Diamonds, was raised in Arkansas and moved to New York when she was 26 to start her life with Norman Mailer. She was a model, painter, actress, playwright, mother of two, and stepmother to seven. Her third book, a memoir titled A Ticket To The Circus, came out to rave reviews in 2010, shortly before her passing in November of that same year. She developed Go See at the Actors Studio, where she was a lifetime member.

This workshop production is part of The Bleecker Company New Plays Benefit.  Actors perform with scripts in hand on a bare bones set.  Ticket proceeds go towards developing new plays.
  
TICKETS ARE $10 ONLINE OR $15 AT THE DOOR

 For more information, please visit: www.THEBLEECKER.COM

Donna Marie Nowak

We are very happy to say that Donna Marie Nowak, author of 'Just Joan: A Joan Crawford Appreciation' will be interviewed by Sonny Star this Sunday evening (20th May) at 9:05 PM Pacific. Their guest will be the legendary Gary Puckett, lead singer of the Union Gap and Donna's interview will be in segment 3 of the program.

It will air over their flagship station KKNX on the west coast, and on the Internet: www.radio84.com worldwide over the Omni Media Networks, and SRN.

To order a copy of Donna's book, please visit our website:

http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=just%20joan&product_id=226

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Coming Soon

In the forthcoming BearManor book, 'Crazy Crazy Hollywood: What really happens behind the scenes,' author Steve Siporin takes the reader on a tour of Hollywood secrets and stories, including:

- Paul Newman and the Lady Reporters
- Faye Dunaway did it her way
- Barbara Eden and the Harper Valley PDA
- Woody Allen and his tweed jacket
- Jon Voight's lucky break
- Barbara Hershey and her stuntman
- Cecil B DeMille and his secrets
- Orson Welles and the magic rabbit

The book will be available from the BearManor website very soon.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Jack Kelly


It is always a thrill when BearManor authors speak on the radio, and we have the pleasure of letting you know that at 1 pm today, Linda J Alexander, author of "A Maverick Life: The Jack Kelly Story" will be speaking on The Boomer Beat with interviewer Beverly Mahone.

Please click on the link below to listen online and find out more:
http://wcomfm.org/index.php/our-programs/userprofile/Boomer%20Beat,%20The


Linda's book can be ordered from our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=jack%20kelly&product_id=445

Universal Pictures' 100th Anniversary


We are thrilled that BearManor author, Marilyn Knowlden will be appearing twice at UCLA’s celebration of Universal Pictures’ 100th anniversary.   Marilyn is the author of 'Little Girl in Big Pictures: The Autobiography of 1930s Child Star Marilyn Knowlden' which can be ordered from our website:



Marilyn will be appearing at the event on May 19th and June 10th.  More details can be found here:  http://www.cinema.ucla.edu/spotlights/universal-pictures-celebrating-100-years-0


“Growing Up With Monsters” author Carla Laemmle has also appeared at the event, and her book can be ordered here:

Ron Masak


We are happy to say that Ron Masak, author of the BearManor book, 'I've Met all my Heroes From A to Z' will be appearing at the Medical Musical Group concert on Wednesday, June 13, 2012, at 7:00 PM. (Concert Prelude, 6:00 PM.)  


The concert will take place at Peabody Conservatory, 1 East Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore, MD and all tickets are $15.


For more information, please call: 202-797-0700; visit www.medicalmusical.org or Email: vanmmg@hotmail.com

The Divine Woman



We are very pleased that 'The Divine Woman'  by Gladys Unger, edited by Philip J Riley has received a very nice review from author and reviewer,Tara Hanks.  The article is accompanied by some beautiful photos of Garbo and a video of her in the actual film.

To read the review in full, please go to Tara's blog:

http://tarahanks.com/2012/05/13/the-divine-woman/

And to order a copy of the book, please visit our website:

http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=divine%20woman&product_id=453

Friday, May 11, 2012

The Cocktail Nation


The much anticipated interview with David Pierce, author of 'The Bewitched History Book' is now uploaded at The Cocktail Nation.

Please click the link below for details on how to listen:
http://thecocktailnation.wordpress.com/

And you can order David's book here:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=bewitched%20history%20book&product_id=489

The Day the Stars Stood Still

We have an update on the book launch for 'The Day the Stars Stood Still.'


First of all, author Suzanne Sumner Ferry (seen in this picture with the subject of her book, Logan Fleming) has very kindly decided to donate a percentage of the profits to The Angelman Syndrome Foundation.  Angelman Syndrome (AS) is a condition which causes severe developmental delay, speech difficulties, seizure and more.  The Angelman Syndrome Foundation raises awareness of the condition and supports people affected by it.  For more details, please check out their website:

http://www.angelman.org/

and

Suzanne tells us that actor Daniel Roebuck will be attending the book launch and most likely filming it for the documentary he is making about Movieland wax museum.  There will also be a wax figure at the event from the collection of David Reedy who is the largest collector of wax figures in the world.  It's a secret which wax work will be there, but all will be revealed on the night!

The event takes place on Friday, 1st June from 6 pm to 8 pm.  It will be held at The Expo Arts Center, in The Back Room Theatre, 4321 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90807.

Please spread the word... It promises to be a very entertaining evening!!


You can buy a copy of the book at the event, or by clicking the link below:

Book of the Week

The Book of the Week this time is 'I Love the Illusion: The life and career of Agnes Moorehead' 2nd edition by Charles Tranberg.


Voted the Best Book of 2006 by Classic Images, this is the definitive biography of an amazing personality...

Lovers of old-time radio hold a special place in their heart for Agnes Moorehead. She was one of the busiest and most definitive actresses of that medium. The bottom line is that Agnes Moorehead is one of the few actresses who succeeded in every realm of show business: stage, radio, film, and television. The respect of her peers can be summed up in these statistics: four Academy Award nominations, seven Emmy nominations - with one win - two Golden Globe nominations - with two wins - and the Best Actress award from the New York Film Critics. This impressive, 400+ page biography, complete with filmography and radiography, proves to readers and scholars alike that she was much more than the witch of Endor!

This is the 2nd edition of the bestselling book, including a new cover, an epilogue by Bewitched Forever author Herbie J Pilato, and a copy of a lecture given by the author on the writing of the book!


"The perfect holiday gift, be it for Halloween or Christmas...One of THE most comprehensive and intelligently-written biographies out there, Bewitched-related or otherwise....This book NEEDS to be read. Plain and simple, without question. Bar-none."
- Herbie J. Pilato, author of Bewitched Forever

To order the book, please visit our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=60&product_id=72



Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Between the Laughs


BearManor Media proudly announces the release of its new book, Between the Laughs.


Between the Laughs takes us inside the minds of our greatest comedians, dating back almost 100 years—but not to find jokes or gags.  Through their words, as they discuss their profession, we learn how they feel about comedy, and about each other. The greats of Vaudeville, silent and sound films, radio, TV, and stand-up have all had much to say through the decades about the art of making people laugh. As they attest, their job is not all fun and games.

Here is an entertaining, educational, and thought-provoking collection of observations and opinions by legendary comedians and current favorites who, when the spotlight is off, take their comedy seriously, and who have been willing to share their knowledge, jealousies, failures, and triumphs when speaking between the laughs.

About the Editor
Garry Berman is a pop culture historian whose previous books include Best of the Britcoms, We’re Going To See The Beatles!, and Perfect Fool:  The Life and Career of Ed Wynn. He lives in New Jersey with his wife Karen and their two spoiled dogs.


Please look out for this book appearing soon on our website!

Inside the Changing Circus


We are thrilled to say that David Lewis Hammarstrom's book, 'Inside the Changing Circus. A Critic’s Guide' has been receiving some rave reviews from around the world recently.  Here are just a few of the comments:



"BOLD AND AMBITIOUS ... TIMELY AND PROVOCATIVE!"
---Circus Report


"PAY ATTENTION! ... ENTERTAINING ... ARTFUL... FUNNY ... A GOOD SHOW!"
---Spectacle

"HIS APPRAISALS OF CHANGING TRENDS UNDER AMERICAN BIG TOPS APPLY TO THE WORLD CIRCUS SCENE ABSOLUTELY ... "

-- Gisela Winkler, New Phenomena, Germany*

"PENETRATING ... INFORMATIVE ... TAKES US OUT OF OUR COMFORT ZONES ..."
--The White Tops


David certainly deserves all the good praise he is receiving for this wonderful book.  Please visit his blog for more details: http://www.showbizdavid.blogspot.co.uk/  

And to order a copy of 'Inside the Changing Circus' please visit our website: 


A Maverick Life

We are thrilled that 'A Maverick Life: The Jack Kelly Story' by BearManor author Linda J Alexander has recently received a glowing review by Lisa A Alford on the Tasha Turner Coaching blog.  


Here it is in full:



Who is the tall, dark stranger there?  Maverick is the name.  Ridin’ the trail to who knows where,Luck is his companion, Gamblin’ is his game.  Smooth as the handle on a gun.  Maverick is the name.  Wild as the wind in Oregon, Blowin’ up a canyon, Easier to tame.

Riverboat, ring your bell, Fare thee well, Annabel. Luck is the lady that he loves the best.  Natchez to New Orleans, Livin on jacks and queens, Maverick is a legend of the west.
(Source: http://www.lyricsondemand.com/)  

YEEHAW and Howdy Y’all! Today we relive the Wild West and the beginning of television shows…. Today we take on a TRUE Maverick! Jack Kelly!  Linda J Alexander has written a celebrity bio called A Maverick Life: The Jack Kelly Story, that makes me wanna go back to the 50s and 60s and relive them all over again.

Jack Kelly was a man among men. He lived the celebrity lifestyle but he had no choice in it.  He was born into it and he railed against it at times.  He eventually discovered it was his life and it was what he was born to.

Linda Alexander gives and shares with me SO much insight on Kelly, as his first wife Donna called him that I feel as if I were there in the sixties when he was trying to make a name for himself in Hollywood.  Granted in the 60’s I was just a baby but still… even in diapers I would a swooned at the man if I was allowed to watch him!!

Let me digress… as a child and an adult I was so NOT a western person… I refused to watch them because I thought they were drivel. Then three years ago I met my fiancĂ© Jesse… this man lived and grew up on westerns… ok what do you do when your honey loves shows you don’t love???  You let him watch them and try to tune them out. But I couldn’t so after a while I got immersed into them. Maverick has become my all-time favorite.  Jack Kelly and James Garner, both of whom played Maverick are AWESOME actors.

What was surprising to me was the things that Linda uncovered about Jack Kelly that I was SOOO not aware of… He was a master of dialogue and could deliver it in any accent you choose.  He could pull off of any accent you gave him at a moment’s notice. The man also did many Broadway shows AND he could sing!!  I wish they had let him sing on Maverick….

DUDES! YOU HAVE to read this book!  Jack Kelly is one of the unsung heroes of Hollywood. His trials and struggles to make it as a star will amaze you. His every rise and fall will have you wishing you were there helping him along.  After Maverick ended, Jack moved from the movies to politics without even missing a beat, betcha didn’t know that lil tidbit huh?  Well there’s more, much more.

He did not realize that he was a Maverick in his own right. In western terms a maverick is defined as a calf that is an orphan or wanders away from its mother.  In human terms a maverick is a loner, who takes an independent stand apart from his or her associates. That was Jack Kelly in a nutshell.  He pretty much spoke his mind at all times, he answered to no one and he wasn’t afraid to give his ideals or his point of view, EVER! He was a true blue Good ‘Ole Boy.

As much as I love them, I haven’t read a TON of biographies as of yet, I am anxiously awaiting Linda’s next book.  I would definitely give this book 5 stars! 


The Tasha Turner Coaching blog is currently running a competition to win a copy of the book.  Please check it out here:
http://tasha-turner.com/a-maverick-life-review/


And you can buy a copy of the book by visiting our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=maverick%20life&product_id=445

The Day the Stars Stood Still



Look at this wonderful photograph of author Suzanne Sumner Ferry, who has just received the first copy of her wonderful book, 'The Day the Stars Stood Still.'  We at BearManor are all thrilled to see the book in print and wish Suzanne many congratulations!!


Suzanne is having a book launch event very soon (please see below for details), and in the meantime, if you would like to order a copy from our website, you can do so here:

http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=day%20the%20stars%20stood%20still&product_id=496

Monday, May 7, 2012

MagicImage Filmbooks

We are happy to share the news that MagicImage Filmbooks is now an imprint of Bearmanor Media, and the first book "The reconstruction of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" starring Lon Chaney is available for pre-order now. 



We spoke to the author, Philip J Riley, who tells us: "The book contains Patsy Ruth Miller's (co-star) memories, Production Background by George Turner and a facsimile of Director Wallace Worsley's annotated shooting script."


Don't miss out - pre-order your copy today!  You can do so at our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=hunchback%20&product_id=498

Memphis Film Festival






The Memphis Film Festival will be around soon, and there will be a variety of BearManor authors taking part.  Here is all you need to know so far....


The festival takes place from May 31 through June 2 and will include signings by the following authors:

Henry Darrow, co-author of ‘Henry Darrow: Lightning in the Bottle’
Jan Pippins, co-author of ‘Henry Darrow: Lightning in the Bottle’

Martin Grams, author of six BearManor books.

John Buttram, nephew of Pat Buttram who is the subject of Sandra Grabman’s book,  ‘Pat Buttram: Rocking-Chair Humorist’

And our very own Sandra Grabman (author of many BearManor books)

More authors may be confirmed nearer the time, but for now, if you’d like to find out more about the festival, or if you’re an author, who would like to attend, please go to their website:

Or to the FaceBook page:
http://www.facebook.com/groups/131588663542404/

Cocktail Nation

We are thrilled to tell you that BearManor author James Turiello can currently be heard on The Cocktail Nation, talking about his new book, 'Errol Flynn: The Quest for an Oscar.'


To listen to the show, please click here:
http://thecocktailnation.wordpress.com/


And once you've done that, head straight over to the BearManor website to order your copy of the book:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=errol%20flynn&product_id=490

The Day The Stars Stood Still - Book Launch

I am very happy to say that the book launch of 'The Day the Stars Stood Still' by Suzanne Sumner Ferry will take place on Friday, June 1st at 6 pm to 8 pm.  The event will take place at The Expo Arts Center, in The Back Room Theatre, 4321 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90807.


Suzanne tells us that as well as the book launch, there will also be the "Spring Fling Opening" of the Uptown Village Market (uptownvillagemarket.com)  in the main part of the Expo building, with lots of local artisans, refreshments and music, so it promises to be a very entertaining evening. Copies of 'The Day the Stars Stood Still' will be available at the launch for $19.95 ea (cash or check only) and there will also be order forms available. 

If you are in the area, please pop in and help Suzanne launch her book in style!  And in the meantime, if you can't wait that long to get your hands on a copy, it is now available via Amazon and at our website:

Radio News

Congratulations to David Pierce, author of 'The Bewitched History Book,' who is being interviewed for the Author Magazine podcast today.  As soon as we hear news of when the show will air, we will be sure to post it here.  


And for those waiting to hear David on the Cocktail Nation, it will air next weekend.  


Watch this space for further details!


To order David's superb book, please go to our website: 
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=bewitched%20history%20book&product_id=489

Congratulations!


A big congratulations to reader Aaron Dickey who correctly answered the question about a previous Book of the Week.  The answer was 'Dangerous Curves atop Hollywood Heels.'  
Well done Aaron!  You may not have won an Oscar like Mr Gable, but you have won the next best thing - one of our wonderful BearManor books!  


And to all those who entered but didn't win, don't despair - there will be another competition in the newsletter this week!!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Book Of The Week

Our Book Of The Week this time is 'The Wit and Wisdom of Stephen King' edited by Andrew Rausch.



Stephen King is one of the finest and most successful novelists in the history of American literature. Here, for the first time, is a one-of-a-kind collection of quotations by King on subjects as varied as writing, Hollywood, God and religion, his work, popular culture, critics, success, money, the supernatural, censorship, and Stanley Kubrick's film adaptation of The Shining. These bon mots were culled from hundreds of print and television interviews, as well as essays and assorted works of nonfiction. 


Edited by Andrew J. Rausch, The Wit and Wisdom of Stephen King contains an entertaining selection of observations both comic and profound.


To order the book, please visit our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=60&product_id=395


And here is an interview with Stephen King, where he shares his thoughts and views with book shop, Barnes and Noble.



Charles Tranberg recommends....


We asked BearManor author Charles Tranberg to share his favourite BearManor books with us.  Here is what he said....

Kay Francis:  I Can’t Wait to be Forgotten By Scott O’Brien
—O’Brien is one of the best writers of film biography.  He has such wonderful detail in his meticulously researched books.
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=kay%20francis&product_id=240

Plain Beautiful:  The Life of Peggy Ann Garner By Sandra Grabman
—Sandy Grabman is another marvelous writer who gets such great insights from friends and relatives and then draws a definitive portrait of her subjects.
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=peggy%20ann%20garner&product_id=302

Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye: The Barbara Payton Story by John O’Dowd
—this is a first rate biography of a tragic figure.  O’Dowd spares no details in drawing his portrait of a woman whose dreams turned to dust in a seedier side of Hollywood.
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=kiss%20tomorrow%20goodbye&product_id=89

Harold Lloyd:  Magic in a Pair of Horn-Rimmed Glasses by Annette D’Agostino Lloyd (no relation to the subject)
—This is the best and most definitive book on the silent screen legend.  A must-read.
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=harold%20lloyd&product_id=183

Foxy Lady: The Authorized Biography of Lynn Bari By Jeff Gordon 
- This is a superb biography and includes recollections from Bari herself and many of her famous (and not so famous) friends. 
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=foxy%20lady&product_id=266

Honorable Mention:  
George O’Brien: A Man’s Man in Hollywood, Silent Lives:  100 Biographies of the Silent Era by Lon Davis & Kevin Brownlow, George Raft: The Man Who Would Be Bogart by Stone Wallace, Verna Felton by Fredrick Tucker & Well!  Reflections on the Life & Career of Jack Benny by Michael Leannah.  

I know of many others I could recommend.  Bear Manor keeps putting out the best!

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Thanks to Charles for sharing his recommendations!  I agree - BearManor really knows how to publish a great book!!

And talking of great books, Charles has written numerous books for us over the years.  You can find a list of his work here:


Please visit Charles' FaceBook page here:

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Competition!

We are currently running a competition to win a free BearManor book!  All you have to do to take part, is join our mailing list and then check out our latest newsletter dated 1 May and last week's newsletter dated 23 April.    The latest newsletter has a very easy question to answer, which could win you a fabulous BearManor book - absolutely free!


So what are you waiting for?  Just go to our website, scroll to the bottom of the page and join our mailing list now!  (and if you have any problems reading the newsletter online, just let us know and we'll send you a copy!)


www.BearManorMedia.com