Hansen Publishing Group: New and forthcoming books

Tenn Years: Tennessee Williams on Stage

by David Kaplan
paperback, $40.00; ebook, $9.99
ISBN 978-1-60182-426-4

The essays in this volume were all written by David Kaplan in conjunction with the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival, of which he is the curator and a co-founder. They are organized in two sections. The first section consists of ten essays written for each year of the Provincetown Festival, most included in the Festival catalogue for the year indicated. Those essays focus on each year’s thematic selection of Williams plays—and other dance, music, and theater events—as well as some aspect of Williams’ plays not always obvious in the text but essential to understanding the plays in production. The second section includes seven occasional essays, written for productions of Williams plays associated with the Festival. All the essays relate, in one way or another, to the story of what happened to the playwright during the last twenty years of his life and how his reputation is evolving since his death.

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Book cover for Charlene Donaghy's Bones of Home

Bones of Home and Other Plays

by Charlene A. Donaghy
paperback, $18.00; ebook, $7.99
ISBN 978-1-60182-260-4

Bones of Home and Other Plays weaves the splendor and decay of New Orleans with its past and present and then spirals out from its New Orleans center like delicate threads of a web. This collection of plays brings a broad range of writing styles with contemporary and historical plays.The contemporary plays spring forth from the questions of our times: How does the downward economy change family dynamics? How can uncontrollable crime bring people together? How does our penchant for youth at all costs influence friendships? How can a lonely soul find strength within? The historic plays complicated by Louisiana lore offer a look at what remains the same and what has changed through the years.

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Navy Crazy

by Michael Aaron Rockland
paperback, $15.00; ebook, $5.99
ISBN 978-1-60182-298-7

Navy Crazy is a different kind of war story depicting the backwardness of military medicine in the mid-1950s. A memoir of a young medical corpsman learning to survive on a locked psychiatric ward for Navy and Marine mental patients at the hospital on the U.S. Naval Base in Yokosuka, Japan from 1955-57. Rockland captures the ward’s atmosphere, its flavor, its culture and its language. A raw personal history not filtered, not for the faint of heart.

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Red Leather Gloves

by B.V. Olguín
paperback, $12.95; ebook, $5.99
ISBN 978-1-60182-058-7

2015 National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies Tejas Foco Award for Poetry
2015 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Poetry Award, Silver Winner

2015 Texas Institute of Letters First Book of Poetry, Second place

RED LEATHER GLOVES takes us from the mean streets of the Houston’s barrios and dockside boxing stables into a dilapidated boxing arena deceptively named the Olympiad where men and boys reenact an ancient rite of passage in desperate pursuit of Olympic fame, title belts, and riches that will elude them all. Olguín writes within the visceral realism of Philip Levine and the boxing authenticity of F. X. Toole: he zeros in on these working class denizens as they train in the art of the not so sweet science of beating bodies into submission. An amateur boxer in his youth, Olguín dissects the sport with the skill of a cut-man, and his poems burst with the pain and physical toll the sport exacts.

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Inside Act: How Ten Actors Made—And You Can Too

edited by Ken Womble
paperback, $24.99; ebook, $9.99
ISBN 978-1-60182-059-4

Why do some actors make it and others don’t? Ken Womble sets out to find the answer to this question, one that has fascinated and tormented him for years, in his new book, INSIDE ACT: How Ten Actors Made it and How You Can Too.

INSIDE ACT identifies what sets successful actors apart. For Womble it’s about the inner choices, the inside acts of working actors acts that have propelled them to thriving careers in one of the most competitive professions on the planet.

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Education and Empowerment: The Essential Writings of W.E.B. Du Bois

edited by Randall Westbrook,
paperback, $15.00; ebook, $5.99
ISBN 978-1-60182-046-4

W.E.B. Du Bois’ role as a contributor to educational thought was ignored throughout his lifetime and has been sparsely considered in the fifty years after his death. Many of the twenty-eight writings contained here have not been viewed in the context of Du Bois’ educational thought. Randall Westbrook has organized these writing in three chronological sections: 1883-1885, 1885-1903, 1914-1948.

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Shakespeare, Shamans, and Show Biz, Volume 1

by David Kaplan,
ebook, 12 chapters, $39.99
ISBN 978-1-60182-650-3

Volume One of David Kaplan’s Shakespeare, Shamans, and Show Biz: An Impolite Guide to Theater History contains chapters one through twelve. Volume one contains the chapters “The Middle Ages as a State of Mind,” “Commedia dell’ arte and Moliere,” “Shakespeare-to begin,” “Euripides-forever modern,” Aeschylus-Writing in an Age of Certainty,” “Sophocles and Aristotle-Defining Tragedy,” “Greek Comedy,” “Roman Theater,” “Asian Classics and Rules,” “China-the Pear Garden and the Red Pear Garden,” Neoclassic Theater and Why There is Such a Thing,” and “Shakespeare’s Classic.”

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And You Thought You Knew Classic Movies: 200 Quizzes for Golden Age Movie Lovers

by John DiLeo,
paperback, 158 pages, $15.00
ISBN 978-1-60182-650-3

  • Katharine Hepburn stars in what play at the climax of Stage Door?
  • Can you name the classic in which a cigarette is put out in a jar of cold cream?
  • What star (not Alan Ladd) is the top-billed male in This Gun for Hire?

If you think you know classic movies, well, prepare to be challenged as never before. Die-hard film buffs won’t be able to resist the cleverness, imagination, and pleasure of John DiLeo’s 200 memory-teasing quizzes on all facets of the Golden Age of Hollywood. Upon the book’s initial publication, legendary film critic Pauline Kael said, “It’s like a Christmas stocking full of surprises. This is the smartest movie quiz book I’ve ever seen.”

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An American Diplomat in Franco Spain

by Michael Aaron Rockland,
paperback, 178 pages, $15.00
ISBN 978-1-60182-304-5

An American Diplomat in Franco Spain is filled with Michael Aaron Rockland’s experiences as a cultural attaché at the United States embassy in Madrid, Spain in the 1960s. He shares how he avoided shaking Franco’s hand, how he spent a day with Martin Luther King in Madrid, how his son was selected to be in the movie Dr. Zhivago, how he came to know several Kennedys, including Senator Edward Kennedy, Pat Lawford Kennedy, and Jackie Kennedy, and how the U.S. accidentally dropped four unarmed hydrogen bombs on Spain.

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Shakespeare, Shamans and Show Biz: An Impolite Guide to Theater History

Shakespeare, Shamans, and Show Biz

Shakespeare, Shamans, and Show Biz: The Impolite Guide to Theater History by David Kaplan begins releasing in September 2012. Currently being released digitally only and chapter by chapter through online retailers Amazon.com, Apple iTunes, and BarnesandNoble.com. Shakespeare, Shamans, and Show Biz: The Impolite Guide to Theater History will ultimately consist of twenty-four chapters. For more information and links to the invidual chapters please visit the Shakespeare, Shamans, and Show Biz: The Impolite Guide to Theater History page for more information.

Screen Savers II: My Grab Bag of Classic Movies

by John DiLeo
paperback, 312 pages, $24.95
ISBN 978-1-60182-656-5

Screen Savers II: My Grab Bag of Classic Movies picks up where John DiLeo’s Screen Savers left off. It contains extensive essays about ten movie classics along with photographs from the movies, collected and catagorized blogs from John DiLeo’s screensaversmovies.com, and eighty-five classic movie quizzes.


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The Whip

by Karen Kondazian
paperback, 302 pages, $15.00
ISBN 978-1-60182-302-1

THE WHIP is inspired by the true story of a woman, Charlotte “Charley” Parkhurst (1812-1879) who lived most of her extraordinary life as a man.

As a young woman in Rhode Island, she fell in love and had a child. Her husband was lynched and her baby killed. The destruction of her family drove her west to California, dressed as a man, to track down the murder.

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