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Julie Andrews Discusses Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years At Barnes & Noble – The Grove On November 20

Join Barnes & Noble – The Grove on November 20, 2019 at 7:30 PM as they host legendary actress and #1 New York Times international bestseller Julie Andrews to celebrate the release of Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years. 

With this second memoir, Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years, Andrews picks up the story with her arrival in Hollywood and her phenomenal rise to fame in her earliest films—Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music. Andrews describes her years in the film industry — from the incredible highs to the challenging lows. Not only does she discuss her work in now-classic films and her collaborations with giants of cinema and television, she also unveils her personal story of adjusting to a new and often daunting world, dealing with the demands of unimaginable success, being a new mother, the end of her first marriage, embracing two stepchildren, adopting two more children, and falling in love with the brilliant and mercurial Blake Edwards. The pair worked together in numerous films, including Victor/Victoria, the gender-bending comedy that garnered multiple Oscar nominations.

Seating is limited, and will be provided on a first come, first served basis. Purchase of a ticket guarantees entrance to the event, but may not necessarily guarantee a seat at the event, as later arrivals may be placed in standing room only.

The event will include a Talk/Q&A with Julie Andrews and one copy of Home Work.

Tickets can be ordered HERE.

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Danny Fingeroth’s Definitive Bio of Stan Lee, A Marvelous Life, On Sale November 5

On November 12, 2018, the world mourned the death of Stan Lee, the most famous comic book creator who ever lived. As we approach the one year anniversary of Lee’s passing, Danny Fingeroth offers a fitting tribute to his former boss in A Marvelous Life: The Amazing Story of Stan Lee (St. Martin’s Press; November 5, 2019). 

The definitive biography of the beloved—often controversial—co-creator of many legendary superheroes, A Marvelous Life presents the origin of “Stan the Man,” who spun a storytelling web of comic book heroic adventures into a pop culture phenomenon: the Marvel Universe. 

With so much to uncover from Lee’s life and career, the world has grown more eager to understand his journey, especially now that he’s gone. Through exclusive interviews with Lee himself, as well as his colleagues, family and friends, and in-depth access to Lee’s personal archives at the University of Wyoming, Fingeroth uses never before seen material to illuminate the man behind so much of the media that defines today’s pop-culture.

A Marvelous Life offers a behind-the-scenes look at how Stan Lee became known as the voice and face of comics. As editor, publisher and co-creator of Marvel, he was the glue that held the industry together. With creative partners including Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko—with whom he had tempestuous relationships that rivaled any superhero battle—Lee created world-famous characters including Spider-Man, Iron Man, the X-Men, the Avengers, and the Hulk.

But Lee’s career was haunted by conflict and controversy. Was he the most innovative creator in the comic book industry? Was he a lucky no-talent whose only skill was taking credit for others’ work? Or was he something else altogether?   In A Marvelous Life, Fingeroth attempts to answer these questions while offering his unique insider’s view of Stan Lee, delving into his invention of Marvel Comics, how he redefined the word “hero,” and reconstructed the world’s idea of how a story should be told.

Order the book HERE.

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Watch The Teaser Trailer For Stephen King’s The Outsider

Based on the best-selling novel by Stephen King, The Outsider premieres January 12 on HBO. 

The 10-episode series follows police detective Ralph Anderson (Ben Mendelsohn), as he sets out to investigate the mutilated body of 11-year-old Frankie Peterson found in the Georgia woods. The mysterious circumstances surrounding this horrifying crime leads Ralph, still grieving the recent death of his own son, to bring in unorthodox private investigator Holly Gibney (Cynthia Erivo), whose uncanny abilities he hopes will help explain the unexplainable. 

The cast includes Ben Mendelsohn, Jason Bateman, Cynthia Erivo, Bill Camp, Mare Winningham, Paddy Considine, Julianne Nicholson, Yul Vázquez, Jeremy Bobb and Marc Menchaca.

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Stephen King’s House To Become Museum And Writers’ Retreat

Constant readers will soon get the chance to hang out at Stephen King’s mansion in Bangor, Maine — although he likely will not be on the premises.

On Wednesday night, the Bangor City Council unanimously approved a request by King and his wife Tabitha to rezone their home as a non-profit, allowing it to house an archive of King’s work (offering restricted visits by appointment) and up to five writers at a time. The couple was not present at the meeting. In recent years, the family has spent most of their time on the road or in Florida or Oxford County, Maine, according to their lawyer, Warren Silver.

“The King Family has been wonderful to the City of Bangor over time and have donated literally millions of dollars to various causes in the community,” one of the city councilors, Ben Sprague, told Rolling Stone. “Preserving his legacy here in Bangor is important for this community.”

“They did not want the house to become a Dollywood or some kind of tourist attraction,” David Gould, a Bangor planning officer, told New England Cable News. “That would bring all sorts of people to the neighborhood, and they have other neighbors that live there.”

The King residence at 47 West Broadway has nevertheless become a kind of tourist destination over the years. Fans often snap photos in front of the house, a blood-red mansion with an ornate gate boasting all sorts of winged creatures.

In a 1983 essay, owned by the Bangor Historical Society, King explained that when he first moved to the town, the idea for IT was stewing in his mind. The book was set in fictional Derry, Maine, a proxy of Bangor.

“I had a very long book in mind, a book which I hoped would deal with the way myths and dreams and stories — stories, most of all — become a part of the everyday life of a small American city,” he wrote, detailing how he visited the town library to research its history. The librarian informed him that they had 12 tomes about Bangor, but none were all that good.

When King told her he wanted to write a novel set in the town, she replied “’Wonderful! Just like that fellow Ben Ames Williams! What a nice man he was! Sat in there every day for most of one summer. He was so pleasant and polite!… Who ever would have guessed what awful things he was writing!”

Williams was an American novelist and short story writer and, perhaps coincidentally, ended up sharing a first name with IT character Ben Hanscom, a frequent visitor to the Derry library.

Reprinted from Rolling Stone

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Suntup Editions Announces Misery UK Covers Collection Print By Paul Bryn Davies

Suntup Editions announces their second print by artist Paul Bryn Davies in The Covers Collection. Last year, they had the honor of including Paul’s art from the first edition U.K. paperback cover of IT. This month, Suntup brings you his cover art from the first edition U.K. paperback of Misery. This iconic cover art can now be enjoyed for the very first time without cover text.

Stephen King’s novel Misery made its debut in June 1987, but it would not be released in paperback until 1988. Constant readers in the U.K. were treated to a very different kind of artwork upon the paperback release. Previous covers had featured either a typewriter, or a shadow of Annie across the wall, making Davies the artist who holds the distinction for first rendering Annie Wilkes.

One of the major differences between the 1990 film adaptation of Misery and the novel is the movie’s slow burn to discovering Annie’s insanity. In earlier parts of the movie, she is portrayed as wholesome, hospitable, and even demure, but from the very first pages of Stephen King’s novel, Paul Sheldon describes Annie Wilkes as “dangerously crazy… giving only one thing: a feeling of unease deepening steadily toward terror.” Davies depiction portrays the wide-eyed mania evident in Wilkes right from the start.

– Museum Quality Giclée prints.
– Signed and authorized by the original cover artist.
– Limited to only 50 copies of each size worldwide, plus 3 Artist Proofs and 3 Publisher Proofs for private distribution.
– Shipped with a Certificate of Limitation and Authenticity from the publisher.
– Printed on 300 GSM, 100% cotton paper that is Acid-Free, Lignin-Free, Chlorine-Free and with No Optical Brighteners.
– Prints are embossed with the publisher’s mark.

Release Date: November 1, 2019
Available for Pre-Order: October 15, 2019

Large Size: 18″ x 24″ $175
Small Size: 11″ x 17″ $120

Order HERE.

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Watch An Evening With Joe Hill & Stephen King At The Somerville Theater

 

Porter Square Books hosted Joe Hill and Stephen King at the Somerville Theatre October 10th.

Those lucky attendees shared a memorable evening as the father and son authors sat down together to discuss their respective new books, The Institute and Full Throttle.

Porter Square Books posted the entire event online and you can watch it below.

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Check Out The New Doctor Sleep Poster

Warner Bros. released a new Doctor Sleep poster teasing Danny Torrance’s (Ewan McGregor) return to the Overlook Hotel where his nightmare began.

Doctor Sleep continues the story of Danny Torrance, 40 years after his terrifying stay at the Overlook Hotel in The Shining. Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson and newcomer Kyliegh Curran star in the supernatural thriller, directed by Mike Flanagan, from his own screenplay based upon the novel by Stephen King.

Still irrevocably scarred by the trauma he endured as a child at the Overlook, Dan Torrance has fought to find some semblance of peace. But that peace is shattered when he encounters Abra, a courageous teenager with her own powerful extrasensory gift, known as the “shine.” Instinctively recognizing that Dan shares her power, Abra has sought him out, desperate for his help against the merciless Rose the Hat and her followers, The True Knot, who feed off the shine of innocents in their quest for immortality. Forming an unlikely alliance, Dan and Abra engage in a brutal life-or-death battle with Rose. Abra’s innocence and fearless embrace of her shine compel Dan to call upon his own powers as never before—at once facing his fears and reawakening the ghosts of the past.

Adapted from Stephen King’s bestselling sequel, the movie stars Ewan McGregor (Star Wars: Episodes I, II & III, T2 Trainspotting) as Dan Torrance, Rebecca Ferguson (the Mission: Impossible films, The Greatest Showman) as Rose the Hat, and Kyliegh Curran, in her major feature film debut, as Abra. The main ensemble cast also includes Carl Lumbly, Zahn McClarnon, Emily Alyn Lind, Bruce Greenwood, Jocelin Donahue, Alex Essoe and Cliff Curtis.

Doctor Sleep was written and directed by Mike Flanagan (The Haunting of Hill House). Trevor Macy and Jon Berg produced the film, with Roy Lee, Scott Lumpkin, Akiva Goldsman and Kevin McCormick serving as executive producers.

Doctor Sleep will arrive in theaters on November 8.

Update: A second poster was also released. Check it out below:

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Jim Carrey To Publish First Novel Memoirs And Misinformation In May

Jim Carrey has written a novel, Memoirs And Misinformation, that will be published by Alfred A. Knopf in May 2020. Carrey wrote the book in collaboration with novelist Dana Vachon. The novel will be published by Knopf in hardcover and eBook, and by Penguin Random House Audio, on May 5, 2020.

Memoirs And Misinformation is a fearless and semi-autobiographical deconstruction of persona. Carrey and Vachon have fashioned a narrative about acting, Hollywood, agents, celebrity, privilege, friendship, loneliness, romance, addiction to relevance, fear of personal erasure, growing up in Canada, and a cataclysmic ending of the world — apocalypses within and without.

“Jim Carrey has written a novel that is more revealing about his life than any memoir could possibly be,” said Sonny Mehta, Editor in Chief of Knopf. “It is a perceptive and highly entertaining book about the arc of fame, as well as a look inside the mind of an artist, the life that shaped him, and the world he inhabits.”

“None of this is real and all of it is true,” said Mr. Carrey.

Mr. Carrey will be making national media appearances, as well as touring, in support of the book.

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Suntup Editions Horns Merrin’s Cross Paperweight

Suntup Editions announces the limited edition Horns Merrin’s Cross acrylic paperweight featuring a high quality stainless steel gold tone cross with chain. 

Suntup’s first paperweight was produced as a unique collectible to accompany the Suntup edition of Misery by Stephen King. Now, once again coming out of requests from customers, the publisher is pleased to offer “Merrin’s Cross” for fans of Joe Hill’s novel Horns.

The limitation will be based on pre-order demand and not to exceed 276 paperweights.

Order HERE for $125.

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Transformations Limited Edition Book By Alex Gross

Transformations: The Cabinet Card Paintings of Alex Gross 2012-2019 is the newest collection of about 200 mixed media paintings by Alex Gross. 

On each page, he “transforms” a vintage cabinet card photograph into a pop culture character, painting with oils and acrylics. Popular superheroes and villains, famous musicians, science fiction and fantasy characters, movie monsters, cartoons and many more all make appearances in this book. Each page shows the cabinet card before and after it was painted.

The Transformations Limited Edition Book comes in a gold foil-stamped, clothbound slipcover case, and contains an original signed and numbered pen drawing on the title page. Each book also comes with a certificate of authenticity. This limited edition is limited to just 100 books. 

The 216 page book will be available to order on October 8 at 9AM and it will cost $249. You can pre-order order it HERE.

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