Hansen Publishing Group: New and forthcoming books

Ten Movies at a Time: A 350-Film Journey Through Hollywood and America 1930-1970

by John DiLeo,
paperback, $29.95 ISBN 978-60182-652-7
ebook, $9.99 ISBN 978-1-60182-653-4

From the advent of the talkies to the emergence of the ratings system, Ten Movies at a Time covers four decades of American movies, notably the glory days of the studio system, or, as it is more glamorously tagged, the Golden Age of Hollywood.

Through reviews of 350 representative films, author John DiLeo tells an alternative, idiosyncratic history of the movies, focusing on the trends, the sub-genres, the cultural and historical shifts, offering, in the process, the parallel story of America itself.

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The Lucky Hat Mine, a novel

by J.v.L. Bell,
paperback, $16.00 ISBN 978-1-60182-334-2; ebook, $7.99
ISBN 978-1-60182-335-9

What’s a Southern Belle to do? Wife-wanted ads are always risky business, but Millie Virginia never imagined she’d survive the perilous trip across the Great Plains to find her intended husband in a pine box. Was he killed in an accident? Or murdered for his gold mine? Stuck in the mining town of Idaho Springs without friends or means, Millie is beleaguered by undesirable suitors and threatened by an unknown assailant. Her troubles escalate when the brother of her dead fiancé, Dominic Drouillard, unexpectedly turns up.

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Straight James / Gay James by James Franco book cover

Straight James / Gay James

by James Franco,
paperback, $12.00 ISBN 978-60182-262-8; ebook, $4.99
ISBN 978-1-60182-263-5

Straight James / Gay James, actor James Franco’s new chapbook of poems, explores the facets of his public and private personas. Straight James / Gay James is a poetic bildungsroman—raw, candid, and uninhibited.James Franco writes about life as an actor, sexuality, questions of identity, gender, family, Gucci, Lana Del Rey, James Dean, and Hollywood. His poetic style varies from the imagistic to the prosaic. The chapbook also contains an interview of “Gay James” conducted by “Straight James.” Yes, Straight James asks the question: “Let’s get substantial: are you f*****g gay or what?”

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Book cover for Charlene Donaghy's Bones of Home

I-DJ

by Gregg Barrios,
paperback, $12.00 ISBN 978-60182-327-4; ebook, $4.99
ISBN 978-1-60182-328-1

I-DJ is a story of Warren Peace aka Amado Guerrero Paz, a gay Mexican American youth who finds his calling as a DJ. He spins the soundtrack of his life on the dance floor by night and by day in a gay send-up of Shakesqueer’s Ham-a-lot set to a dub-step beat of ecstasy, tainted love, Rollerena and Herb Alpert. When a younger DJ challenges him to a musical standoff, their stories and their music collide. Only one will emerge triumphant.

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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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