John DiLeo to appear at Danbury’s Palace Theatre

by Jon Hansen, Publisher on January 15, 2018

John DiLeo, author and film historian

John DiLeo

Author and film historian John DiLeo is appearing at Danbury’s Palace Theatre on Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 2pm. His multimedia presentation is entitled “And You Thought You Knew Classic Movies” is based on his new book Ten Movies at a Time which covers American movies from 1930-1970. Copies of John DiLeo’s books will be available at his presentation for purchase and signing.

Ten Movies at a Time was recently reviewed on popular movie blog Laura’s Miscellaneous Musings.

Through it all DiLeo also helps keep our eye on changing trends in films and the country, from pre-Codes to film noir and beyond. It’s highly readable and enjoyable, whether you’re agreeing with his take, mentally arguing with him, or jotting down titles to watch soon.

About Ten Movies at a Time: It covers four decades of American movies from the advent of the talkies to the emergence of the ratings system, 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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More Praise for Jon DiLeo’s Ten Movies at a Time

by Jon Hansen, Publisher on December 15, 2017

Cover of Ten Movies at a TimeJohn DiLeo’s new book Ten Movies at a Time: A 350-Film Journey Through Hollywood and America 1930-1970 has received more praise. This time from Ivan Shreve on his movie blog, Thrilling Days of Yesteryear. Shreve’s in depth review praised Ten Movies at a Time strength for examining lesser known films with a critical eye. He also particularly liked the chapters devoted to Clifton Web, Marilyn Monroe, and Joan Crawford. Shreve ends his review with this:

…Ten Movies at a Time is a first-rate read—an excellent Yuletide gift for that movie maven in your life.

 

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John DiLeo’s Ten Movies at a Time

by Jon Hansen, Publisher on December 12, 2017

Cover of Ten Movies at a TimeJohn DiLeo’s new book Ten Movies at a Time has been getting attention. It was reviewed by Daniel Bubbeo of Newsday. Bubbeo said about Ten Movies at a Time

DiLeo’s “Journey” is a nostalgic trip well worth taking.

John DiLeo was also the guest of Alice Bloom on her TV show, Town and Village Two. Alice Bloom conducts a great interview with John DiLeo, and their discussion of Ten Movies at a Time is really enjoyable! As Alice Bloom points out, Ten Movies at a Time is not only a journey through 350 movies but a historical reference.

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 Whip author Karen Kondazian interviewed by Linda Thompson

by Jon Hansen, Publisher on June 7, 2017

Karen Kondazian was just interviewed by Linda Thompson for The Author Show. The audio interview focuses on her award winning novel THE WHIP.

THE WHIP has won the Best Western, 2013 International Book Awards, the 2013 National Indie Excellence Awards winner, Western fiction category, Award-Winner in the ‘Fiction: Historical’ category of The 2012 USA Best Book Awards, and the Gold Prize in Historical Fiction & Best Western Fiction – 2013 Global Ebook Awards.

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 with a runaway slave and had his child. The destruction of her family drove her west to California, dressed as a man, to track the killer. Charley became a renowned stagecoach driver for Wells Fargo. She killed a famous outlaw, had a secret love affair, and lived with a housekeeper who, unaware of her true sex, fell in love with her. Charley was the first woman to vote in America (as a man). Her grave lies in Watsonville, California.

THE WHIP is available as a paperback and hardcover from these and other online retailers.

THE WHIP is also available as an ebook from these online retailers.

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Olguin and Barrios at 2017 San Antonio Book Festival

by Jon Hansen, Publisher on April 20, 2017

B.V. Olguin and Gregg Barrios signing books at 2017 San Antonio Book Festival

B.V. Olguin and Gregg Barrios signing books at 2017 San Antonio Book Festival

Home town authors B.V. Olguín and Gregg Barrios signed books at the 2017 San Antonio Book Festival. B.V. Olguín is author of the award winning collection of poems Red Leather Gloves (Hansen Publishing Group, 2014). Gregg Barrios is author of plays Rancho Pancho (Hansen Publishing Group, 2009) and I-DJ (Hansen Publishing Group, 2015) as well as collections of poetry La Causa (Hansen Publishing Group, 2010) and My Life Has Been the Poem: New and Selected Poems (forthcoming from Hansen Publishing Group November 2017).

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Gregg Barrios’ SEVEN-CARD STUD Opens at Overtime Theater

by Jon Hansen, Publisher on February 28, 2017

Poster for Seven-Card Stud by Gregg BarriosPlaywright Gregg Barrios’ new play Seven-Card Stud opens Friday night, March 3 at the Overtime Theater in San Antonio, Texas.  Seven-Card Stud is about the aging American playwright Tennessee Williams and his former lover and Texas native Pancho Rodriguez whom Williams used as a model for his character Stanley Kowalski in Streetcar Named Desire. The tale is told by Pancho’s twin brother Johnny Rodriguez.

If you’re interested in learning more about the relationship between Pancho Rodriguez and Tennessee Williams, Gregg Barrios has written another play about their fleeting love affair entitled Rancho Pancho (2009).

Seven-Card Stud features actors Rick Frederick, Brian Zavala, and Aaron M. Ramos and is directed by Richard David Anthony. Seven-Card Stud runs from March 3-March 25, 2017 with 8pm performances on Friday and Saturdays, along with select Sunday matinees. Please check the Overtime Theater for details.

 

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California State Library Book of the Week: The Whip by Karen Kondazian

by Jon Hansen, Publisher on February 22, 2017

The California State Library selected Karen Kondazian’s novel The Whip as book of the week for February 17, 2017. Karen Kondazian is a California resident, and much of The Whip takes place in California. A historical novel, The Whip follows the life of Charley “Charlotte” Parkhurst a famous stagecoach driver of the old west who spent her life disguised as a man. Many thanks to the California State Library staff for the recognition!

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Charlene A. Donaghy’s “The Quadroon and the Dove” at The Players Club

January 17, 2017

Had the opportunity to see a staged reading of Charlene A. Donaghy’s The Quadroon and the Dove at The Players Club in New York on January 12, 2017. The play was fantastic and the actors were marvelous. The play takes place in New Orleans in 1841. The playwright Charlene Donaghy takes advantage of the New […]

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Lucky Hat Mine: Rave Book Reviews

January 12, 2017

The Lucky Hat Mine by J.v.L. Bell has recently received several rave book reviews from traditional media and book bloggers. Sandra Dallas from the Denver Post writes in her article “Women’s Westerns rare, but can be fun reads”: The Lucky Hat Mine, filled with period detail and real-life pioneers such as Mountain Charley, Green Russell […]

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Staged Reading of Charlene Donaghy’s “The Quadroon and the Dove” at The Players Club

December 29, 2016

The staged reading of Charlene A. Donaghy’s The Quadroon and the Dove has just been announced. This great evening of theater takes place at The Players Club in New York on January 12 and 24, 2017.  Donaghy’s The Quadroon and the Dove is being presented by Madison Square Productions and Binder Casting and is being […]

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