Summer’s Over ~ Show September 19 and 20


“The Marriage of Opposites” by Alice Hoffman
“Tiny Little Thing” by Beatriz Williams
“The Book of Speculation” by Erika Swyler
“Saint Maizie” by Jami Attenberg
“Among the Ten Thousand Things” by Julia Pierpont
“In the Country” by Mia Alvar
“Who Do You Love?” by Jennifer Weiner

Beatriz Williams, Author

With autumn just days away, Elaine previews new titles that offer an escape from fall’s frantic pace. These stories offer up a literary romp back to the beach and the lazy days of summer. Beatriz Williams introduces us to her new book, “Tiny Little Thing.”

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Alec Baldwin To Write Memoir

The award-winning actor has a deal with Harper for “Nevertheless,” scheduled for the fall of 2016. Harper stated the book will cover everything from Baldwin’s childhood in Long Island to his acclaimed work on “30 Rock” to the various run-ins and fallings-out he has experienced along the way. It will be a story of “hits and flops, marriage, divorce,” and some “opinions on the media and politics.” Harper also announced that Baldwin, 56, will write the memoir himself.

“Alec Baldwin is a larger-than-life talent with an astonishing range. And his life up to now has been far from dull,” HarperCollins publisher Jonathan Burnham said. “In this memoir he writes about his family, lovers, friends and enemies, confronts his former demons, relives the highs and lows of his career, and opens up in an unflinchingly honest way about his life and times. This memoir will be funny, occasionally combative, often moving and an unbelievably good read.”

Financial terms for his new book were not disclosed.

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Junky old typewriters aren’t typically worth a fortune—unless the screenplay for a Hollywood classic like Alfred Hitchock’s Psycho was written on it. The 1959 faded green Olympia that Joseph Stefano used to adapt Robert Bloch’s novel into the screenplay for Psycho was auctioned on Nov. 20—and the bidding started at an exorbitant $25,000.

Psycho went on to win four Oscars and carve out a place in movie history with its iconic shower murder scene. Stefano’s most notable change from the novel was his decision to begin the movie with Janet Leigh’s Marion Crane, instead of killer Norman Bates. In doing so, “Stefano changed the drift of the audience’s affections, and changed film history in the process: it was the first time a leading lady had been murdered within the first 20 minutes of a movie.”

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French Novelist Wins Nobel Prize In Literature


Patrick Modiano, whose works often explore the traumas of the Nazi occupation of France, won the 2014 Novel Prize in Literature. The Nobel, one of the world’s most financially generous awards, comes with a $1.1 million prize. The literature prize is given out for a lifetime of writing, rather than for a single work.

Modiano, who has published about 30 works, first rose to prominence in 1968 with his novel “La Place de l’Etoile.” Though his works are available in translation, and he is called the “Marcel Proust” of our time, he is not widely known outside of France. In his native country, Modiano is a revered writer whose books, often shorter than 200 pages, are read for their pithy and compact style.

Holiday Entertaining and Travel ~ Show Nov 15 & 16


“Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good” by Kathleen Flinn
“The Tastemakers: Why We’re Crazy For Cupcakes But Fed Up With Fondue” by David Sax
“Proof: The Science of Booze” by Adam Rogers
“Shadows in the Vineyard” by Maximillian Potter
“Midnight in Siberia: A Train Journey into the Heart of Russia” by David Greene
“Delancey: A Man, A Woman, A Restaurant, A Marriage” by Molly Wizenberg
“Food: A Love Story” by Jim Gaffigan

Allen Salkin, Author; Pauline Frommer, Travel Guru

A spotlight on books to gear you up for holiday entertaining and travel. Elaine gets an insider’s look into the Food Network with author Alan Salkin, and receives fabulous trip advice from travel guru Pauline Frommer.

A look at LA Noir ~ Show November 1 and 2


“The Burning Room” by Michael Connelly
“Perfidia” by James Ellroy
“Rose Gold” by Walter Mosely
“The Golem of Hollywood” by Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman
“Imperial Bedrooms” by Bret Easton Ellis
“The Barbarian Nurseries” by Hector Tobar
“The Big Sleep” by Raymond Chandler, a BBC Radio 4 Production

James Ellroy, Author

Elaine travels down the literary 405 for a look at LA Noir – with evocative characters tossed into a literary stew and seasoned with a strong sense of place. James Ellroy introduces us to Book 1 of his 2nd LA Quartet – “Perfidia.”

Royal Watchers…Look For A New Prince Harry Bio


Royalty biographer Penny Junor profiles the “spare” prince in “Prince Harry: Brother, Soldier, Son,” a well-researched, if rose-tinted account of the Royal’s first 30 years.
Junor sympathetically recounts the royal family’s controversies—the affairs, leaked phone conversations, and various betrayals—and speculates on 12-year-old Harry’s feelings about his mother’s death. There are Harry’s own scandals, most of which Junor glosses over or denies, like his underage drinking, his Nazi masquerade-party costume, and the leaked nude photos taken in a Las Vegas hotel room.
Junor documents Harry’s military career from the “tough, brutal, relentless” drilling at Sandhurst to flight training at Shawbury, and his establishment as an Apache copilot gunner. He also covers Harry’s philanthropic activities, his charitable foundation for orphaned children in Lesotho, and his organization of the the inaugural U.K. Warrior games, an athletic event for wounded veterans.
Fans of royalty will also appreciate Junor’s details of the interior of Kensington Palace and Highgrove, the ins and outs of Eton College, as well as descriptions of William and Kate’s wedding and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

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