Fabulous Lives: Three Biographies: William J. Mann Becoming Barbra Streisand, Bob Spitz on The Remarkable Life of Julia Child and Jay R. Tunney on Gene Tunney and George Bernard Shaw Saturday, Nov. 17, 3:30 p.m., Room 8501 (Building 8, 5th Floor)
Author(s) and Guest(s)
William J. Mann
William J. Mann's appearance is cancelled.
Hello, Gorgeous: Becoming Barbra Streisand (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $30.00) Hollywood biographer William J. Mann provides a portrait of one of the most iconic characters in show business. When she first arrived on Broadway, Streisand was a 17 year old bursting with ambition and talent. Four years later she was the star of the Broadway smash Funny Girl and had three platinum albums. Mann goes behind the scenes to provide the elusive details of Streisand’s early years and the shrewd marketing team that helped propel her to stardom. “. . . an indelible portrait . . .”— Publishers Weekly. Mann is the author of Kate: The Woman Who Was Hepburn and How to Be a Movie Star: Elizabeth Taylor in Hollywood.
According to Bob Spitz, author of
Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child (Knopf, $29.95), the 1961 publication of Mastering the Art of French Cooking came just as Americans were ready for a gastronomic revolution. That’s just what they got, courtesy of a tall, outspoken woman who demonstrated the intricacies of French recipes with what appeared to be blithe disregard when things went wrong. “An affectionate, entertaining tribute to the witty, bumptious, and passionate host of The French Chef.”— Publishers Weekly starred review. Spitz is the author of the celebrity biographies The Beatles: The Biography and Dylan: A Biography. Jay R. Tunney
Jay R. Tunney’s,
The Prizefighter and the Playwright: Gene Tunney and George Bernard Shaw (Firefly Books, $35.00) chronicles the legendary—but rarely documented—relationship that formed between this celebrated odd couple. Gene Tunney, the world heavyweight-boxing champion from 1926 to 1928, and Shaw could not have occupied more different worlds. However, Gene’s son chronicles the surprising and sincere friendship between the two champions of their realms. “ . . . highly recommended to all pugilist-specialist-readers.”— Boxing Monthly. Jay R. Tunney is vice president of the International Shaw Society. Schedule
Miami Book Fair International * Miami Dade College
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132
Room 8501 (Building 8, 5th Floor)