Friday, June 29, 2012

Author of the Week - Donna Marie Nowak


We'd like to thank Donna Marie Nowak, for taking the time to answer our questions for 'Author of the Week.'  We hope you enjoy her answers as much as we did!

1) What is your background and why did you decide to become a writer?
I was born a writer.  By the time I was twelve, I had written over 100 short stories and four novels.  I created equally as many cartoons, because I'm also a cartoonist.  This is something that's in me.  I love words and love writing and I've always been driven to do it.  I'm a very creative person.

2) What book have you written for BearManor, and what is it about?
My book is Just Joan:  A Joan Crawford Appreciation.  I call it the ultimate Joan Crawford Bible for the ultimate star.  It examines Crawford's work, influence, life, and image in meticulous and loving detail.  It is illustrated with over 300 photos, many of them rare and never before in print.  It bears testament to Crawford's enduring enigma and powerful star.  It's a very comprehensive guide to Joan Crawford basically.  I not only feature the films, but her television work and all the original stories, plays, and novels that these films derived from.  I examine all aspects of Crawford.

3) Why did you choose that particular subject?
Although I've always liked Joan and have always loved classic films since a small child, I became particularly fascinated with Joan after I saw They All Kissed the Bride.  As I say, I already liked Joan and had seen a great many of her movies, but when I saw They All Kissed the Bride, I was seeing another Joan.  The Joan familiar to many people is usually the older Joan or the Joan of Queen Bee, but They All Kissed the Bride showed me a side of Joan that I was less familiar with.  I started seeking out more of her films.  Eventually, the more I saw, the more obsessed I became until I had hunted down every single one available.  Joan Crawford doesn't disappoint me.  The more I learned, the more I loved who she was and what she gave us.  I consider her not only a fine and underrated actress, but a great artist and an amazing woman.  She rose above all other stars in my estimate and has remained there.


4) How long did it take you to write it, and did you find it an easy task?
Just Joan involved four years of research.  I was obsessed and very passionate about the subject, so every day I was at Lincoln Center Performing Arts Library, going over rare scripts which I had to read at the library.  I read these scripts, taking notes, from the time the library opened until it closed.  I had a master list of every Joan film, every story or book that was made into a Joan film, and every book written on Joan (even the paper dolls!) and I hunted down each and every one of them.  I loved doing this research.  I was thrilled with every new thing I learned.  I also met many people, some of whom had known Joan personally.  Jim Sibal, an archaeologist who had been personally involved with Carl Johnes who wrote Crawford:  The Last Years and was Crawford's dear friend in her later years, wrote a phenomenal afterwards to the book.


5) What can we expect to find in your book? Because of what is is, the comprehensiveness of it, it's not just the Bible of Joan Crawford, although it is that, too, it's also an insight into early Hollywood and that whole exciting period of the early days of motion pictures up until the 1970's.  Joan Crawford's story is the story of the movies and it's also a story of resilience, talent, determination and making the most of what you have, even with the deck stacked against you.  Joan Crawford always turned lemons into lemon-ade.  She was a true survivor. She was really one of the movers and shakers of her time.  Diana Vreeland considered her one of the ultimate fashion icons.  She was photographed by the greatest photographers of her day, directed by its greatest directors, painted by some of the world's greatest artists and moved among all the great artists, writers and creative forces of her day. This is a girl who came from the most downtrodden and difficult background, but she didn't let defeat get her down.  She turned things around again and again.
 

6) What would you say is the most interesting thing about being a writer? I love being the actor, director, producer, writer and creator of this entire fantasy world, in the case of fiction, or just putting something out there that didn't exist, in the case of either nonfiction or fiction.  It's a really satisfying and wonderful feeling.  Writing also gives you the opportunity to learn about new worlds, new people.  It's educational and limitless.  It also gives you the feeling of never being alone, because you're constantly immersed in this huge realm of the imagination and are capable of entertaining yourself when you are alone.


7) Do you have a website, blog etc, where readers can find you? Yes, I have several websites and a Facebook page as well.  My websites are:
http://www.filmsofcrawford.com/ (the one devoted to Joan Crawford) and my personal website, which also has details about my work is:
http://www.filmsofcrawford.com/theworkofdonnamarienowak/.  
I have a Facebook page for JUST JOAN:  A JOAN CRAWFORD APPRECIATION


8) Is there anything else you'd like to add? 
I want to show people what I see in Joan, give a fuller understanding of all of her achievements, of that inner quality, magic and gift she had that explained why director George Cukor called her "one of the people that made Hollywood the place that touched the imagination of the world."


You can order 'Just Joan' from our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=just%20joan&product_id=226

Leslie C Halpern


We recently caught up with BearManor author Leslie C Halpern, who told us what she had been up to recently:
 
"My book, 'Passionate about their Work: 151 Celebrities, Artists, and Experts on Creativity' (BearManor Media 2010) was chosen for reading and discussion by the Spiritual Book Study Group during April and May, 2012. The group meets weekly at the Barnes and Noble bookstore in Altamonte Springs, Florida and I was invited to speak to the group about the link between spirituality and creativity. 

My presentation was well received by the group, and I got great feedback about different perspectives on the creative process."
 
We'd like to wish Leslie many congratulations for the successful event, and for sharing the news with us all.

If you'd like to visit her website, please click here:

Or to "Like" Leslie on Facebook, please visit: http://www.facebook.com/LeslieCHalpern

Leslie's book can be ordered from our website:

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Congratulations!!

A BIG congratulations must go to our fabulous author, Linda J Alexander, who has just won the cover competition at YouGottaRead.com.


Thanks to everyone who has voted for Linda and her book, 'A Maverick Life: The Jack Kelly Story.'  Your support has been wonderful.

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

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Marie Wilson - Book of the Week

Our Book of the Week this time is 'Not so Dumb: The life and career of Marie Wilson' by Charles Tranberg.




Marie Wilson was one of the best of the ‘dumb blondes’ of the 30’s and 40’s, but what most people don’t know is she was a highly intelligent woman who painstakingly created her persona.  'Not So Dumb' includes a complete log of the MY FRIEND IRMA episodes.

In May 2007, Radiogram described it as: "an enjoyable read and something that would be welcomed by casual fans of Wilson, and those who are interested in a serious study of radio comedy and vaudeville since Wilson was a regular in Ken Murray's blackout."

You can order a copy of the book from our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=Marie%20wilson&product_id=269

BearManor Awards


We are very happy to say that voting for the BearManor Best Book of All award begins on Sunday 1 July!  Everyone who votes will be entitled to a 50 per cent discount on our website (terms and conditions apply,) and the winning book author will receive $500 dollars as a prize.

So please head along to our website, www.BearManorMedia.com on Sunday and make a vote for your favourite book.  Voting will be open until 31 July.

BearManor Author FaceBook Page

Are you a BearManor author?  If so, you're entitled to join our fabulous FaceBook page, dedicated solely to our authors.  The group serves the purpose of getting to know your fellow authors, sharing ideas and asking questions.  It is a fabulous resource for us to share news with you and vice versa, so please pop along and join today:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/287915341278052/

Please note that this group is for BearManor authors only.  However, our readers page is open to everyone interested in our books and can be found here:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/BearManor-Media/153720364638943

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Scott Voisin

Thanks to BearManor author Scott Voisin who has shared with us a video of a book signing he did for his successful book, 'Character Kings: Hollywood's Familiar Faces Discuss the Art and Business of Acting.'

You can see the video below:




Character Kings takes a look at the careers of 15 working actors and reveals the struggles they've endured in order to survive in Hollywood. The candid stories are told by:

Clancy Brown (SpongeBob SquarePants, Starship Troopers, ER)
Tobin Bell (Saw I-V, The Firm, The Sopranos, Seinfeld)
Paul Gleason (The Breakfast Club, Trading Places, Die Hard)
Art LaFleur (Field of Dreams, The Santa Clause 2 and 3, Cobra)
Bob Gunton (The Shawshank Redemption, 24, Demolition Man)
Jeffrey Combs (Re-Animator, Cold Case, Star Trek: Enterprise)
Ray Wise (Reaper, Twin Peaks, RoboCop, L.A. Law)
Martin Kove (The Karate Kid, Cagney & Lacey, Death Race 2000)
Keith David (They Live, Platoon, There's Something About Mary)
Ronny Cox (Beverly Hills Cop, Total Recall, St. Elsewhere)
James Karen (Wall Street, Poltergeist, Return of the Living Dead)
Peter Jason (Deadwood, 48 HRS., Mortal Kombat, Roseanne)
Daniel Roebuck (The Fugitive, Lost, River's Edge, Matlock)
Robert Forster (Jackie Brown, Medium Cool, The Delta Force)
William Sanderson (Blade Runner, Newhart, Deadwood, Fletch)

Each in-depth conversation features behind-the-scenes anecdotes about the making of popular movies and TV shows, tips on how to prepare for auditions, the acting techniques that bring a character to life and the secrets to earning a living in a highly competitive industry.

Whether you're a fan, film buff or an aspiring actor, Character Kings offers instructive and insightful lessons about the art and business of acting.


Please visit the BearManor website to order this fabulous book:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=voisin&product_id=113

Monday, June 25, 2012

Suzanne Sumner Ferry


We were pleased to hear that BearManor author, Suzanne Sumner Ferry will be appearing at the Magic Hollywood Nights 'Talent Agent Night' on Thursday 28th June.

For full details, please follow the link to the official website:
http://www.magicimagemagazine.com/?p=4084

You can visit their FaceBook page here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/457204200975538/

And you can order a copy of Suzanne's wonderful book, 'The Day the Stars Stood Still' from our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=suzanne%20sumner%20ferry&product_id=496

It is also available at Vroman's Bookstore:
http://www.vromansbookstore.com/search/apachesolr_search/suzanne%20sumner%20ferry

Bruce Torrence


We recently caught up with BearManor author Bruce Torrence, co-author (with Lisa Mitchell) of 'Hollywood Canteen,' who has been doing everything he can to spread the word about the fabulous book.  Here's what he had to say, about what's been happening so far....


"I believe the most important thing, when marketing/promoting/ advertising a book, is determining the book’s target market. From looking at Bear Manor’s web site, it appears that most of the books are somewhat film and celebrity oriented. Therefore, the marketing for those books should be directed to those who are interested in the subject matter of the book. The next thing to determine is who can put the book in the hands of those specific/ potential buyers. In the case of my book, “The Hollywood Canteen”, there seems to be a dual target market – those interested in celebrities of the ‘30s and ‘40s, and those people who either fought in WWII and/or those who were living during the war. Because of the Hollywood Canteen’s extreme popularity, almost everyone living in America knew of the Canteen.



Conventional book stores are certainly a great source for selling multiple copies of books -- so it’s helpful to determine which ones specialize in selling books that are of the same subject matter as the author’s book. For example, there are several book stores in Hollywood that specialize in books related to the entertainment industry (movies, radio, TV, celebrities, etc.). I called each of the stores to get the name and email address of their book buyer. I, then, sent emails to each book buyer and included a short description of the book along with a copy of the press release. I should point out that I modified the press release to state that the books can be purchased directly from Bear Manor (at 50% of the retail price and, if the order is 10 or more books, the special $1.00/book shipping rate).


The reason for the modification was because BearManor’s distributor, Ingram, only offered a 5% discount to the bookstores. A few days after sending the emails, I visited each store and chatted with the book buyer about carrying the book. I realize that not all authors have the advantage of being able to visit the book stores they emailed – but a follow-up phone call to the book buyer will certainly suffice. The personal touch makes all the difference in the world. The second source for selling my book is the bookstores situated in the various war museums (specifically those that focus on WWII) throughout the country. As I did with conventional bookstores, I’m contacting the museums’ bookstore book buyers about carrying the book. I send an email with the press release and then follow it up with a phone call, a few days later. In all of the above situations, I encourage the book buyers to purchase the books directly from BearManor.


I believe a large target market for my book is the many veterans’ organizations, throughout the country. After compiling a list of these types of organizations, I plan on calling the contact person to see if they will inform their members of the book. Many of these organizations send out newsletters or some type periodic communication to their members. I will even offer to send them some of the announcement postcards (provided to me by BearManor) which they, in turn, can mail to their members. I plan on filling these “individual” book orders myself, out of the books I bought from Bear Manor. The abovementioned postcard states that, for those who wish to pay by check, it should be sent to my post office box. For those who wish to pay by credit card, they can go to my web site “hollywoodphotographs.com” and purchase the book.


For those books that focus on the entertainment industry, Classic Images is an invaluable source for promoting books. Other sources of sales are film festivals, book signings, book fairs, etc.
This is the first of my books that I’ve been involved in marketing. By no means, am I an expert – but it just seems like a logical approach to marketing and promoting any product – whether it be a book or anything else.


There’s no question that to maximize the marketing and promoting of a book requires a lot of creative thinking, time and energy.. Knowing your target market is one thing – tapping into it is another. However, if done diligently, it will pay off handsomely."


We are amazed and impressed with Bruce's determination to sell his book, and we wish him lots of luck with it all.  We'd also like to thank him for writing such an inspirational article!!


You can order 'Hollywood Canteen' by clicking here:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=bruce%20torrence&product_id=510

Sunday, June 24, 2012

The Whistler


We recently caught up with lovely BearManor author Dan Van Neste, who had the following to tell us:

"The Whistler: Stepping Into the Shadows, received another really wonderful new review, this time posted on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's blog entitled, "Frame By Frame."  

The reviewer is Wheeler Winston Dixon; a world renowned film historian, a professor of Films Studies and English at UNL.  He is also the author of innumerable books and articles, and  editor-in-chief of the international scholarly journal:  Quarterly Review of Film & Video.  Needless to say I am very pleased by his enthusiasm for the book."
 
We are very pleased too Dan!!  Readers can see the review here:
 

And you can order a copy of 'The Whistler' by visiting our website:
 

Filmonster Series

Wonderful BearManor author Philip J Riley was interviewed by Jeff Berkwits from Sci-Fi Magazine recently, for a feature about his 'Filmonster Series'.

The article will be published in the upcoming August/September issue of the magazine, but in the meantime, as a special treat for you, here is the advance cover for the Halloween addition to the series, 'The Man Who Laughs.'


To check out Philip's massive selection of BearManor Media books, please visit our website:

http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/search&filter_name=philip%20J.%20riley

And please check out the following video, which introduces the Filmonster series:

Little Elf

We were really pleased this week to see a fantastic review of 'Little Elf' by Chuck Harter and Michael J Hayde.

The review appeared on the Greenbriar Picture Shows website, and you can read it here:
http://www.greenbriarpictureshows.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/book-choice-little-elf-celebration-of.html

And here is just a little taster to whet your appetite!


"Little Elf is like innards of a long-forgot theatrical trunk filled with Langdon lore. I'm amazed such stuff survived, let alone that 2012 diggers could get at it. There are even scripts for HL's vaudeville turns, written, of course, by him. I came away from Little Elf thinking anything's possible --- will Harter/Hayde be the guys who someday find Heart Trouble? In the wake of this book, I won't be surprised. Noteworthy is over five hundred illustrations throughout Elf's pages, much being trade promos, rare ad art, wire photos --- lots new to me --- and culled from Langdon stashes far and wide. Little Elf is more than a book about one comedian --- it's masterly coverage of an era and the many whose orbits Harry crossed. Cameos, many extended, include Mack Sennett, Hal Roach, Laurel and Hardy ... the list encompasses most every headliner of Langdon's day. I'll be in and out of this book over pleasurable months to come. Certainly for whatever Harry Langdons I screen, it'll be sitting in my lap."


To buy a copy of 'Little Elf', please visit our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=little%20elf&product_id=509

Book Trailers

Several of our authors have created book trailers for their BearManor books, which we are very, very impressed by.  Here are a few we've recently become aware of.  Hope you enjoy them!!

FLIGHTS OF FANTASY: THE UNAUTHORIZED BUT TRUE STORY OF RADIO & TV'S "ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN" by Michael J. Hayde
Available from our website: http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=flights%20of%20fantasy&product_id=155




BASIL RATHBONE: HIS LIFE AND HIS FILMS by Michael B. Druxman
Available from our website: http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=basil%20rathbone&product_id=457




HENRY DARROW: LIGHTNING IN THE BOTTLE by Jan Pippins and Henry Darrow
Available from our website: http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=henry%20darrow&product_id=486




Friday, June 22, 2012

Linda J Alexander


There is a competition going on at yougottaread.com which centres on great book covers.  We are so excited that Linda J Alexander's book, 'A Maverick Life: The Jack Kelly Story' is up for the award and is currently in second place.

We would love to see a BearManor author win this competition, so if you can spare a few moments of your time, please pop along to http://yougottaread.com/vote-now-for-the-june-2012-cover-contest/ and vote for Linda.

Thank you!!

And if you'd like to buy a copy of Linda's book, please visit our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=maverick&product_id=445

Author of the Week - Garry Berman


We were really pleased when BearManor author Garry Berman agreed to answer some questions for our new feature, Author of the Week.  We hope you enjoy the interview as much as we did!

Q:  What is your background and why did you decide to become a writer?
 
A: I grew up in the suburbs of northern New Jersey, just 10 miles from New York City.  I don't remember a time when I wasn't a writer, even in elementary school. I've always loved to write, especially humor--whether it was trying to make my teachers laugh with my essay assignments, or, years later, showing my friends comedy sketches or humorous short stories. I discovered the Marx Brothers, W.C. Fields, and Laurel & Hardy when I was about 13 or 14, and this led to my love of old comedy films, TV shows, and vintage radio. I've  also been through the mill of writing screenplays, submitting them to agents, and getting a lot of "thanks, but no thanks" form letters in return. 
 
My first book, "Best of the Britcoms" grew out of my obsession with British TV comedies that have been airing on American TV since the mid-1970s. I used my own collection of hundreds of episodes on video as the starting point, started making A LOT of overseas phone calls, and interviewed 20 of Britain's finest comedy writers, directors, and producers, covering a total of 50 different series in all.  I somehow felt that I was the right person to write the first American-published book devoted solely to British sitcoms. After that, I began looking for other topics of my own personal interest that I felt others would share and enjoy reading about.
 
Q: What books have you written for BearManor, and what are they about?
 
A:  So far, I have written two books for BearManor, "Perfect Fool: The Life and Career of Ed Wynn," published in November of 2011, and "Between The Laughs: Our Greatest Comedians Talk Seriously about Comedy and Each Other," published in May of 2012.
 
Q: Why did you choose those particular subjects?
 
A: Both books actually grew from a book I began researching after "Best of the Britcoms" was published.  I was hoping to cover the entire 20th Century history of American comedy, including Vaudeville,  movies, radio, TV, and stand-up.  The sheer scope of the project started to become a bit unwieldly, but as I continued my research, I noticed how Ed Wynn's name kept popping up, no matter what aspect of show business I was reading about.  His long and varied career began to intrigue me, so I decided to focus the rest of my work only on him, since the story of his career IS the story of show business. Once I discovered that no biography of his life had ever been written, I felt such an injustice needed to be corrected.  So, after almost seven years of research and writing (taking breaks to write other books along the way),  "Perfect Fool" finally became a reality.  "Between The Laughs" is also a result of the notes I had compiled for my research, stretching back more than a decade.  I've always been fascinated hearing comedians speak about comedy in a serious way, without the jokes.  I collected over 500 such quotes, and put them together in a way that almost resembles the comedians themselves explaining the past 100 years of comedy.
 
Q: What can we expect to find in your books?
 
A:  I strive to offer readers little-known facts about people or topics that they may have thought they already knew well. It's very satisfying to get a reaction along the lines of, "Wow, I didn't know that story!" I prefer to take a more conversational, rather than scholarly, approach to my writing, and yet still provide reliable and interesting information. I am also proud of my book "We're Going To See The Beatles!"  which is an oral history of the Beatlemania years in America, as told by over 40 individuals from across the country who were first-generation fans, and who have amazing and very entertaining stories to tell about their teenage obsession with the Beatles in the mid-60s. I had a great time interviewing each of them, after which I organized their stories so they would be told in the order of the events they describe. And I provided narrative links between their personal accounts to explain what was happening with the Beatles' career each step of the way.
 
Q: What would you say is the most interesting thing about being a writer?
A: Since I choose the topics I write about, each book I've written has been a labor of love.  I've been very fortunate to have my books published--sometimes due as much to sheer determination as from whatever writing talents I possess. I love doing research (usually), looking up old newspapers on microfilm, interviewing people, and seeing it all come together between two covers. But I still write fiction, in both narrative and script form.  My comic novel "Old Wave" is available (and, if I may say so, quite funny), and I still write comedy scripts, now with my British writing partner, Kelly Thompson. Our backlog is growing quickly!
 
Q:Do you have a website, blog, etc. where readers can find you?
A:  Yes, please visit http://www.garryberman.com/ to see descriptions and reviews of my books. I'm a small fish in a big pond, so any new "fans" would be very welcome!
 
Q: Is there anything else you'd like to add?
A: I have still more book ideas that I hope will be a good fit for Bearmanor's catalogue, and I'm looking forward to starting work on them soon!
 
 We would like to thank Garry for taking the time to speak with us.  I for one found the interview extremely interesting.  Here are some of the reviews received for 'Perfect Fool':
 
"Woe be it to the biographer of the forgotten genius--and that's just what Garry Berman has done with his new biography, 'Perfect Fool: The Life and Career of Ed Wynn.'  Light on pretension, long on facts and anecdotes, Berman provides a sweeping look at one of Hollywood's most respected, most talented but least remembered superstars...Illustrated with plenty of lively pictures, 'Perfect Fool' shines a light into the musty forgotten crevices of the entertainment business and the result is a solid, entertaining, and detailed biography of a seminal American entertainer A time capsule of an earlier form of entertainment, classic TV lovers will enjoy Berman's coverage of Wynn's innovative television productions and will appreciate the breezy tone that makes this book such a satisfying read."  -- Billy Ingram, TVParty.com
 
"Garry Berman's biography of Ed Wynn is a fine piece of work and a delight to read.  It is the fullest account published of the great comedian's career...and offers a sympathetic presentation of the man underneath the clown make-up and costuming.  When I first received [it], its slim, 215 pages suggested that it wouldn't add much to the record or to the reputation of one of American's great clowns. Halfway through chapter one, my hasty assumption proved wrong. Mr. Berman did his research well and wrote his story breezily--without the academic jargon or the extraneous padding that some biographers stuff into their insufficiently-researched and superficially-considered accounts."  --Frank Cullen, theatre historian
 
To order 'Perfect Fool: The Life and Career of Ed Wynn, please click here:

To order 'Between The Laughs: our Greatest Comedians Talk Seriously about Comedy and each other, please click here:
 

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Time Tunnel


We are proud to announce the publication of 'The Time Tunnel: A History of the Television Series' by Martin Grams, Jr.


The Time Tunnel was by no means a superb product of Friday night entertainment. If the plot holes were not as large as the tunnel itself, viewers noticed the same props from Allen’s other television programs popping up on the show.

Fan boys to this day still debate whether the futuristic episodes involving space aliens were better than the historic adventures, but few would deny that Lee Meriwether made a lab coat look sexy. Meriwether herself recalled how the cast received letters from school teachers who used The Time Tunnel to stimulate interest in history in the classroom.

This 546 page book documents the entire history of the program, the origin and conception of the series, why it never ran a second season, almost 200 never-before-published behind-the-scenes photographs, and a detailed episode guide including dates of production, music cues, episode budgets, salary costs, deleted scenes that were filmed, memories from cast and crew, bloopers, trivia and much more!

You can order the book from our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=511

Book of the Week - Ed Wynn

Our book of the week this time is 'Perfect Fool: The Life and Career of Ed Wynn' by Garry Berman.



It was Ed who coined this famous definition: “A comedian is not a man who says funny things; a comedian is a man who says things funny.” Ed did both, first as a vaudeville and Ziegfeld Follies star, then as the “Perfect Fool” (so named from one of his many self-produced Broadway revues), as radio’s “Fire Chief” on the popular Texaco-sponsored program, and as an early pioneer at the dawn of network television. He attained a level of praise and respect from his comedy peers, critics, and, of course, the public, rarely matched by any other comedian since. In his later years, he became a highly-acclaimed dramatic character actor, much to the surprise and joy of all who didn’t know he had it in him (including Ed himself). Yet for all his impressive achievements, this comedian/actor/director/writer has been too often overlooked in the years since his death in 1966. Perfect Fool is meant to help correct this injustice with reviews, interviews, and never-before published photos, some courtesy of grandson Tracy Keenan Wynn.

About the Author

Garry Berman is an entertainment historian and freelance writer. His previous books include Best of the Britcoms, a celebration of the finest British situation comedies to appear on American television, and We’re Going To See The Beatles!, an oral history of the Beatlemania era as told by the original generation of fans who lived it first-hand. Berman has also published a comic novel, Old Wave, and writes comedy scripts between book projects.  He lives in New Jersey with his wife Karen and their two spoiled dogs.

To order a copy of the book, please visit our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=ed%20wynn&product_id=446

And to see Ed in action, please watch this YouTube video:

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Linda J Alexander

We are thrilled that Linda J Alexander's book, 'A Maverick Life: The Jack Kelly Story' has continued to attract great reviews around the globe.


Here is a fabulous five star review, which was recently added to Amazon:



Linda Alexanders biography of Maverick star Jack Kelly does a lot to balance the scales of T V history. James Garner walked away with the lions share of the Maverick legend but co -star Kellys episodes rated just as well as Garners and in some instances higher. Garners initial appearance to T V viewers as Brett in a handful of episodes before Kelly appeared branded Kelly forever as " Mavericks brother ".In reality Jack Kelly continued on as the star for 2 seasons after Garners departure over contract issues. Kelly of course was more than just Bart Maverick and Linda Alexanders tireless research has uncovered Kellys life from early days in his showbiz family thru to his days as a local councillor in his beachside suburb. .Kellys easygoing personality and obvious charm are present in the book but so also is all the hard work that he had to do to enter the Hollywood System and then maintain a place in it. The book is well served by numerous quotes from people who knew Kelly and from the actor himself. Kellys drinking problems are handled honestly and the impact they had on he and his family are handled sensitively. The author presents a fascinating subtext of how the star system worked in Hollywood during the fifties and sixties and the ruthlessness of the industry where individuals were concerned. I enjoyed it very much and would recommend it to anybody who has an interest in televisions golden days. The release of the first season of Maverick on dvd will hopefully give people the chance to enjoy his talent anew.


You can order Linda's book from our website:


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

Steve Stoliar



We recently caught up with BearManor author Steve Stoliar, who told us that he will be making a return appearance to the Stu Shostak radio show this Wednesday (20th June) from 4pm to 7pm Pacific Time.


Steve will be talking about his fabulous book, 'Raised Eyebrows' which can be ordered from our website:

http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=raised%20eyebrows&product_id=429

And you can find out more about the Stu Shostak show by clicking here:

Monday, June 18, 2012

The BearManor Awards



We are thrilled to share the exciting news that from now on, BearManor will have its own annual book awards!  Here is all the information you need to know....


There will be two prizes:


BearManor Media's Best Book of All
and
BearManor Media's Best Book of the Year

We will begin voting for our first award - Best Book of All, 2012 - on our website in July and we are happy to say that all non-fiction BearManor books will be eligible for the competition.  The prize for the winner will be $500 plus a banner on the book cover, saying 'Winner of BearManor Media's Best Book of All 2012' (or similar.)  The winner will be announced in August.


Then in January we will do the whole thing again when we give you the opportunity of voting for your best book of 2012, which will also win $500 and a banner on the book cover.  The winner of that award will be announced in February 2013.

This is a very exciting development for BearManor Media, and we would encourage everyone to vote, and all authors to spread the word to readers, friends and family.  Please note, however, that only one vote per person is allowed.  Any duplicates will not be counted.


Remember all voting takes place on our website, and the form to fill in will become live very soon.  I will update everyone over the course of the next few weeks, and let you all know when voting is about to start.


Good luck!



Sunday, June 17, 2012

Song of the Open Road



We are very proud to announce that we will shortly be publishing Song of the Open Road: An Autobiography & Other Writings, by Paul Weston and Jo Stafford.
  
Song of the Open Road: An Autobiography and Other Writings is the personal memoir of Paul Weston and Jo Stafford. Told through a collection of letters, supplementary manuscripts, and a previously unpublished autobiography, the book reveals the inner circle and rise-to-stardom of two of the most dominating musical figures in pre-rock 'n' roll America.

This book will shortly be available to order from our website:

ISBN: 1-59393-287-1
Format:  Softcover; 6” x 9”; 220 pages
Price: $19.95                            
Available also through Ingram and amazon.com

Thursday, June 14, 2012

David Del Valle


We are thrilled that David Del Valle's book, 'Lost Horizons Beneath the Hollywood Sign' has just been reviewed in Cinema Retro Magazine.  They describe it as 'A must for any lover of classic and cult movies.'  We couldn't agree more!

To check out Cinema Retro Magazine, you can visit their website here:
http://www.cinemaretro.com/index.php

And to order a copy of 'Lost Horizons' please visit our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=lost%20horizons&product_id=262

David Lewis Hammarstrom

We are thrilled that David Lewis Hammarstrom's book, 'Inside the Changing Circus' has been given a very favourable review in the June issue of King Pole Magazine.  The review says, in part:


David Lewis Hammarstrom is a well-known and well-informed American commentator and critic, with four other circus books to his credit, these being Behind the Big Top, Circus Rings Around Russia, Big Top Boss about John Ringling North, and The Fall of the Big Top. He writes a regular blog as Showbiz David.


His latest book is a 290 page study of how the circus has changed and is changing, and, although he writes from an American perspective, he is aware of the situation in the rest of the world, particularly in Europe.

Described as a “Critic’s Guide”, it is a thought-provoking book for not just the handful of writers who regularly critically assess a circus, but also for the much larger number of people who enjoy circus performances and are in turn amazed, excited, frustrated and annoyed by aspects of the performances.....



....If you’re interested in how circus, particularly American circus, has changed and developed over the past 50 to 60 years, this book is packed with information and opinion. It’s a bargain at the price. 


David Jamieson


If you would like to read more about King Pole Magazine, please visit their website:
http://www.circusfriends.co.uk/kingpole.htm

And to order a copy of the book from our website, please click here:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=circus&product_id=459

David Pierce


We were very excited this morning to read on The Bewitched History Book FaceBook page, that BearManor author David Pierce has just received a tweet from none other than Paula Abdul, thanking him for sending a copy of his book for her birthday.

In January, David wrote a blog about Paula Abdul and her association with his book.  It can be read here:
http://bewitchedhistorybook.blogspot.co.uk/2012/01/paula-abduls-connection-to-bewitched.html

If you would like to join David's FaceBook page, please click here:
https://www.facebook.com/bewitchedhistorybook

And his marvellous book can be ordered from our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=bewitched%20history%20book&product_id=489

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Book of the Week - Marjorie White: Her Life and Work



Marjorie White: Her Life and Work by Gary Olszewski details the life story of an actress of the '20s and '30s, a top starlet of her day, but virtually forgotten today. She was among the most talented of young comediennes of her era, and had she not died tragically at such a young age, on the very verge of top stardom, would have been among the names most highly remembered these years later.

Born in the provinces of Canada, she was an outgoing performer from her earliest childhood, worked the WWI years with the Winnipeg Kiddies performing troupe, went on to acclaim on the Vaudeville stage, and made her screen debut in the light musicals of the late 1920s.

Sometimes humorous, other times sadly ironic, her story in these pages should show once and for all why she deserves to be remembered.

This book is available to order from our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=62&product_id=268

And you can see Marjorie in action in this fun YouTube clip:

Monday, June 11, 2012

Michael B Druxman


We recently caught up with BearManor author Michael B Druxman, who had a message for all his friends and readers in (or near) Austin, TX:

"I will be giving a talk about Basil Rathbone and his Sherlock Holmes movies at the Baker Street Pub & Grill, 3003 S. Lamar Blvd., in South Austin on Tuesday, June 19th, at 7 o'clock PM. I will also be signing copies of my book, BASIL RATHBONE: His Life and His Films.  So, grab your magnifying glass and deerstalker hat and come on down."


We at BearManor wish Michael a very successful evening!


If you can't attend the event but would like to order a copy of Michael's book, please visit our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=michael%20b.%20druxman&product_id=457

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Hollywood Canteen


We have just published a fabulous new book entitled 'Hollywood Canteen: Where the Greatest Generation Danced with the Most Beautiful Girls in the World' by  Lisa Mitchell and Bruce Torrence.


The Hollywood Canteen was the jewel in the crown of World War II Hollywood. From 1942 to 1945, over three million servicemen came through its doors on their way to fight in the Pacific — some never to return. There, in a converted barn in the heart of Hollywood, soldiers were fed, entertained by and danced with some of the biggest stars in the world. The Canteen was free to all servicemen or women, regardless of race, inviting them to jive to the music of Kay Kyser and Harry James, laugh at Bob Hope’s jokes, be handed sandwiches by Rita Hayworth, or dance with Hedy Lamarr. Knowing they were so appreciated, the soldiers were armed with the kinds of hope and encouragement that would help them win a war.

"The Hollywood Canteen: Where The Greatest Generation Danced With The Most Beautiful Girls In The World" is the only complete history of the Canteen. Meticulously researched, it is filled with exclusive interviews and over 160 evocative photographs that preserve the memories that would otherwise be lost.

The book is available from our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=510

Little Elf


BearManor is proud to present 'Little Elf: A Celebration of Harry Langdon' by Chuck Harter & Michael J. Hayde

This book includes a full biography and comprehensive filmography.  Lavishly illustrated, "Little Elf" is the definitive source for all things Harry Langdon, critically acclaimed "fourth genius" of silent comedy!

It is available from our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=509

Dirty Talk


Strictly for adults only, BearManor has just published 'Dirty Talk: Conversations with Porn Stars' by Andrew J. Rausch and Chris Watson

This book is the result of nearly a decade of interviews with many of adult cinema’s hottest stars. These candid conversations include such topics as working conditions in the porn industry, childhood and family life, career goals, industry trends, and the subjects’ views on their work and on the adult film industry itself. The stars interviewed for this project include Seymore Butts, Mary Carey, Asia Carrera, Nina Hartley, Jill Kelly, Hyapatia Lee, Evelyn Lin, Mari Possa, Linda Roberts, and Kyle Stone.

It can be ordered from our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=508

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Letters from the Pacific

We are very happy to announce the upcoming publication of 'Letters from the Pacific' by Kathy Flynn.  It will be available from our website very soon, but in the meantime I hope you enjoy the fabulous cover and details:




This is the story of Jane and Chuck Flynn, five years married and actors by profession. They gave up their happy life in Hollywood to serve their country. Chuck joined the Navy and saw action in the Pacific, where his ship was hit. Jane joined the USO and was sent on a tour of the Pacific. It is a heady atmosphere, with the girls constantly surrounded by adoring men. These letters convey the charm and intimacy of Jane and Chuck’s relationship during the difficult days of World War II.

To learn about this or other BearManor Media titles, please visit our website at www.bearmanormedia.com.

ISBN: 978-1-59393-690-7
Format: Softcover; 6” x 9”
Page count:  696
Price: $49.95
Available through Ingram, amazon.com, or directly from the publisher


About the Authors:
Kathy Flynn De Gaxiola, Jane and Chuck's daughter, is a retired jeweler who lives with her husband and son in their jungle in the woods on Maury island. Her daughter Luz is a clown, musician, and emcee (as was grandmother Jane) with Circus Finelli in San Francisco. Luz's little sister Mica is a student at Cornish college of the Arts in Seattle (as was her grandmother Jane), and plays bass with the band "Aurora Bridge."

Bogie: The Final Chapter



We are happy to announce that BearManor have just published 'Bogie: The Final Chapter' by Eli Rill.  Here is some information from our website:

“A brilliant, insightful look at an iconic actor and the time we all revere. Eli writes with compassion and understanding of his remarkable relationship with Humphrey Bogart.”
– Mark Rydell, director of On Golden Pond, with Jane and Henry Fonda and Katherine Hepburn, and The Reivers, with Steve McQueen

“Eli Rill has written a book (Bogie: The Final Chapter) that puts you, the reader, into a vivid and immediate personal experience with Humphrey Bogart. I could not put it down, breezed throughout, lamented the fact that I’d come to the last page.  I recommend it heartedly for a midwinter read in front of a woodburning fireplace.”
– Martin Landau, Academy Award winner

About the Author

Eli Rill is a writer, actor and director in Hollywood. Prior to his successful career in the movie industry, he was a U.S. Marine serving in Saipan, Okinawa, and Nagasaki during World War II. After his military service, he adapted and directed productions in New York and Lee Strasberg’s Actors Studio. His novel, A Penny for the Violin Man, with glowing testimonials from Academy Award winners Martin Landau and Lee Grant, was recently published.

You can order the book from our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=507

Philip J Riley


There is a wonderful blog about Philip J Riley's Filmonster Series with BearManor on TCM's MovieMorlocks Blog site.  Please check it out here:

 http://moviemorlocks.com/2012/06/08/what-might-have-been/

And you can check out our extensive list of Philip J Riley books on our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/search&filter_name=philip%20j%20riley

Richard Yokley


'The First Responders of Television' by Richard Yokley has been featured in the Tucson Weekly.  To read the article please visit their website:
http://www.tucsonweekly.com/TheRange/archives/2012/06/06/writers-block-richard-c-yokley

And to order a copy of Richard's book, please visit our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=richard%20yokley&product_id=484

Henry Darrow

Jan Pippins and Henry Darrow's book, 'Lightning in the Bottle' continues to make positive press around the United States.  The latest is in the Tucson Weekly, and you can read the article by following the link below:

http://www.tucsonweekly.com/TheRange/archives/2012/06/06/henry-darrow-and-the-high-chaparral

You can also order the book by visiting our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=henry%20darrow&product_id=486

And you can visit Henry's website here:
www.HenryDarrowBook.com

Thursday, June 7, 2012

David Lewis Hammarstrom

We recently caught up with BearManor author David Lewis Hammarstrom who shared the following press release with us....

Sneak Peek of Stage Media Review Promises Rare London Acclaim for Inside the Changing Circus: A Critic's Guide

"Step right up for a visit to the American circus," begins a review to be published in London's famously revered theatre weekly, Stage Media.  "There could be no finer guide than David Lewis Hammarstrom.  A fan for fifty years, Hammarstrom's passion for sawdust and spangles bubbles from every line, but, rarely among circus writers, he's as quick to point out the rubbish and rip-offs as the wonderful."

The notice was penned by Douglas McPherson, who also writes for The Daily Telegraph.

Nearly a month ago, McPherson e-mailed the author his enthusiasm for the new book, which has drawn spirited endorsements from the United States to Germany.  "The Stage asked me to review your book, Inside the Changing Circus.... I wanted to let you know how refreshing it was to read your mixture of enthusiasm and a hard critical eye."

The two exchanged emails, and a few days later, McPherson sent Hammarstrom his actual notice, inviting him to quote from it.  "A very generous gesture on his part," noted Hammarstrom, impressed with McPherson's 'sharp understanding' of his work's central aims and how he captured the book's essence in so short and compact a write up.  "Sadly reviews are limited to 200 words," explained McPherson.  "I could have written a page."

Cheered with such boffo acclaim from across the pond, David Lewis Hammarstrom eagerly awaits the publication of Douglas McPherson's review.  "The Stage, which was founded in 1880, has a wonderful British history.  Once the notice appears in print, my publisher and I look forward to quoting from it at length."

Jill C Nelson

Fabulous BearManor author Jill C Nelson has a blog dedicated to her forthcoming book, 'Golden Goddesses.'  Please visit the page here:
http://goldengoddessesbook.blogspot.ca/2012/05/golden-goddesses-update.html


And please order copies of Jill's current book on John Holmes, (with co-author Jennifer Sugar) from our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=nelson&product_id=233

The Bewitched History Book


We are very happy to announce that David Pierce, author of the fabulous 'Bewitched History Book' has his first book signing on Tuesday 10th July at 7 pm.

The event takes place at The King's English Bookshop, 1511 South 1500 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84105, and full details are available on David's FaceBook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/316547438426424/

If you can't attend the signing, but would like to order a copy of the book, you can order from our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=bewitched%20history%20book&product_id=489

The Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention


We are very happy to announce that BearManor Media will have a table at the Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention which takes place on 9-11 August 2012.  Here are some exclusive details for you all....

Michael Hayde's forthcoming book 'Little Elf: A Celebration of Harry Langdon' will premiere at the show. Here is a sneaky peak at the cover of the book...


James Rosin will be there as a guest, signing copies of 'Quincy, M.E.: The Television Series.



Martin Gram's Jr will be premièring his Time Tunnel book and two stars of the TV series, James Darren and Robert Colbert, will be there to sign copies.



The convention has a very informative website: www.MidAtlanticNostalgiaConvention.com.  Please visit the site for more details, and we will keep you updated on any more BearManor convention news as and when it happens.

Electronic Books

We at BearManor are thrilled to tell you that customers can now order PDF versions of all our books, from our website, www.BearManorMedia.com.

This is ideal for overseas readers and for those of you who simply can't wait to get your hands on a copy of one of our fabulous books!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

THE GOOD MUSIC TRIVIA BOOK by Mel Simons

Just published - The Good Music Trivia Book by Mel Simons



“They wrote the songs that made the whole world sing.” Anyone lucky enough to have experienced the music of singers like Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, Rosemary Clooney, Barry Manilow and dozens more, will love the quizzes in Mel Simons’ latest book, The Good Music Trivia Book.

Mel Simons, a trivia historian, entertainer and humorist, has once again given us a book that will bring back wonderful memories, while, at the same time, providing
us with fun-filled hours as we tackle his comprehensive and varied quizzes.

Mel has been acclaimed for his previous quiz books which include The Old-Time Radio Trivia Book and The Old-Time Television Trivia Book and his books of personal conversations and photos such as Old-Time Radio Memories and Voices From the Philco.

To order the book, please visit our website:
http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=505

Crazy, Crazy Hollywood

Just published this week, we have 'Crazy Crazy Hollywood' by Steve Siporin.



What really happened when the camera wasn’t rolling!

Paul Newman and The Lady Reporters

Kirk Douglas Goes for a Ride

Faye Dunaway Did it Her Way

Barbara Eden and The Harper Valley P.T.A.

Woody Allen and His Tweed Jacket

Jon Voight’s Lucky Break

Barbara Hershey and Her Stunt Man

Cecil B. de Mille Had His Secrets

Orson Welles and The Magic Rabbit

Vincente Minnelli and The Ferris Wheel

Bette Davis and The Dinner Dishes

Carrie Fisher Sang for Our Supper

About the Author

Steve Siporin dates his love of movies to when he was five years old and was taken to Radio City Music Hall in New York City to see “Alexander’s Ragtime Band.” After a career in Hollywood’s movie studios he now lives in Palm Springs, CA, famous for its climate, film festivals, and streets named after movie stars.

In any business there are those amazing, amusing occurrences that only those on the inside know about. It’s those fascinating, almost unbelievable stories about movie making that are revealed in these pages. For a movie buff like myself, what a treat! A must read for movie lovers!

- Leanna Bonamici
Casablanca Studios, Women in Film & TV

An insightful revelation of movie madness that makes for an entertaining read now and smart dinner party talk later.

- David Bruce Gaard
Playwright

To order the book, please visit our website: http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=506

Memphis Film Festival

Here is another lovely picture from the Memphis Film Festival, sent to me by Jan Pippins.


This is Jan Pippins, co-author of 'Henry Darrow: Lightning in the Bottle' and our very own Sandra Grabman who is not only BearManor's production manager, but also author of many of our books too, including 'Pat Buttram: Rocking-Chair Humorist.'  It is clear to see that the film festival was a great success for all involved!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Memphis Film Festival

Well I promised that we'd share some photographs of the Memphis Film Festival with you all, and here we are!  Thanks to Sandra Grabman for sending me the photos, it looks like everyone had a fantastic time!!

Ann Buttram, Don Pedro Colley and BearManor's very own Sandra Grabman.


Ann and John Buttram

Henry Darrow, co-author of 'Henry Darrow: Lightning in the Bottle' with some fans!

Hugh O'Brien and his impressive selection of pictures and memorabilia.

Henry Darrow and Jan Pippins talk to just some of the readers who bought over 100 books that day!

A smiling Martin Grams Jr welcomes a customer.

Sandra Grabman welcomes a customer for one of her many BearManor books.  Note the wonderful BearManor T-shirt worn by the gentleman behind Sandra!!

Please note that books by all the BearManor authors who appeared at the Memphis Film Festival are available from our website: www.BearManorMedia.com.  Thanks!