John DiLeo appears “On Mic with Jordan Rich”

by Jon Hansen, Publisher on February 14, 2018

John DiLeo and cover of Ten Movies at a TimeFilm historian John DiLeo just appeared on radio personality Jordan Rich’s show “On Mic with Jordan Rich.” Rich interviews John DiLeo about his new book, Ten Movies at a Time: A 350-Film Journey Through Hollywood and America 1930-1970. You can listen to the podcast “John DiLeo-028 On Mic with Jordan Rich.”

About Ten Movies at a Time: 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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Gregg Barrios “Linked” to Tennessee Williams Exhibit

by Jon Hansen, Publisher on February 13, 2018

Gregg Barrios and the book cover of Rancho PanchoGregg Barrios, the author of Rancho Pancho a play about Tennessee Williams and his lover Pancho Rodriguez, was “linked” to the new Tennessee Williams exhibit at the Morgan Library and Museum in a New York Times article by Ben Brantley entitled “Tennessee Williams, Restless and Revising.” The “link” in the article was to Gregg Barrios’ 2006 piece in the Texas Observer entitled “The Kindness of Strangers” about his investigation into the relationship of Pancho Rodriguez and Tennessee Williams. In the end, Barrios is convinced that Pancho was Tennessee’s inspiration for Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire.

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JvL Bell to Appear at Colorado Book Festival

by Jon Hansen, Publisher on February 8, 2018

JvL Bell and book cover of Lucky Hat MineJvL Bell is a featured author in the genre fiction category at the Colorado Book Festival on March 3, 2018 at the Colorado Central Library from 10:30am-4pm. It’s a great opportunity to meet JvL Bell or arrange for your book club to read her latest novel The Luck Hat Mine. For up to date information about the event, please visit the Colorado Book Festival web site.

A novel based on Colorado frontier history, The Lucky Hat Mine interlaces the tale of a feisty heroine with frontier legend and lore, making for a suspenseful murder mystery. The Lucky Hat Mine is available as a paperback, ebook, or audio book.

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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

April 20, 2017

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 […]

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Gregg Barrios’ SEVEN-CARD STUD Opens at Overtime Theater

February 28, 2017

Playwright 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 […]

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

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 […]

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