3/20/21 BenBella Books’ Smart Pop Imprint Rebrands and Reboots!
The pop culture publisher launches a fresh, fan-focused list of licensed
and original books. Smart Pop will offer a curated list of entertaining,
engaging, and innovative gift and humor books, reference works,
essay collections, memoirs, biographies, and original fiction that
celebrates pop culture in all its forms for a wide, multi-faceted, and
diverse audience of avid enthusiasts. Smart Pop released The Book of Karen: Activities for Reactionary Adults in January, but the first book to be published under the rebranding is The Con-a-Sutra: An Adult Guide to Full-Frontal Nerdity, coming June 29. It will be followed in the fall by Star Trek: Starfleet Is…: Celebrating the Federation’s Ideals on September 7, Live Like a Vulcan, Love Like a Wookiee, Laugh Like a Hobbit: Life Lessons from Pop Culture on October 5, Bob Ross' Happy Little Night Before Christmas on October 19, and finally I'm Dreaming of a Chris for Christmas: A Holiday Hollywood Hunk Coloring and Activity Book on November 2. Projects coming in 2022 include The Star Trek Book of Friendship, a collection of some of the franchise's most popular and enduring relationships; Mucho Mucho Amor: The Wit and Wisdom of Walter Mercado, a book celebrating the iconic Puerto Rican astrologer and entertainer; an illustrated autobiography by Don Bluth, the iconic animator behind Anastasia, An American Tale, and The Land Before Time; and other exciting original and licensed titles.
11/17/20 Attention QT Fans! Quentin Tarantino is writing two books, wow! First up is a novel based on his Academy Award-winning film ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD, which offers a fresh departure as it follows his characters backward and forward in time, for publication in summer 2021 as a mass market original, with a deluxe hardcover edition to follow by Harper; and CINEMA SPECULATION, his first work of nonfiction, a dive into the movies of the 1970s in the form of essays, reviews, personal writing, and "what ifs" from a devoted cinema fan.
9/7/20: Mind Over Matter: The Myths and Mysteries of Fortune Records by Billy Miller and Michael Hurtt. Sept. 17 street date. Massive 576 pages - full color - hardcover - ltd first edition. Pre-order now from Kicks Books. Everything you could possibly want to know about the Detroit label that gave us so many platters that matter by Andre Williams and other R&B, blues, soul and doo-wop greats. This book was the brainchild and obsession of Billy Miller, co-founder with his wife Miriam Linna of the best reissue label on this or any other planet, Norton Records. Sadly, Miller passed away in 2016. This book looks great for anyone who digs cool music, man!
9/4/20: Pre-Order this book now. In John Lennon 1980: The Last Days In The Life (Omnibus Press), author Kenneth Womack traces John Lennon’s remarkable comeback after five years of self imposed retirement. Womack is the author or editor of more than 35 books, including Maximum Volume: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin, Solid State: The Story of Abbey Road, Long and Winding Roads: The Evolving Artistry of the Beatles, and The Beatles Encyclopedia: Everything Fab Four.
9/2/20: Coming October 29, 2020 (UK) and December 3, 2020 (US) from Omnibus Press: Bowie Odyssey 70 by Simon Goddard. The first of ten books telling the year-by-year story of David Bowie’s 1970s – how he changed the decade and how the decade changed him – Bowie Odyssey 70 is a bold and expressionistic biography weaving time, space, rock ’n roll and social history to relive Bowie’s 1970, moment by vivid moment. Written in his signature style of narrative non-fiction, Bowie Odyssey 70 marks Goddard’s return to the subject of his acclaimed 2013 title Ziggyology. His recent book on Elvis Presley – The Comeback – was a MOJO and Q Book of the Year in 2018. Pre-Order UK version HERE
8/27/20: John Belushi may have died in 1982 but the former SNL member and star of such movies as Animal House (1978) and The Blues Brothers (1980) was the subject of two books: Wired: The Short Life and Fast Times of John Belushi (1984) by Bob Woodward and Samurai Widow (1990) by Belushi's wife Judith. Wired was made into a 1989 movie with Michael Chiklis playing John Belushi. Now comes work of a Hollywood biopic titled Belushi to star 38-year-old Adam Pally (Dirty Grandpa) as John Belushi and 43-year-old Ike Barinholtz (from MADtv) as Dan Aykroyd. David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada) is onboard to direct.
8/22/20: With heavy heart we announce the passing of our friend, musician Walter Lure. It was my pleasure to be literary agent for his memoirs, To Hell and Back: My Life in Johnny Thunders' Heartbreakers, in the Words of the Last Man Standing, published March 2020. Walter was a great talent, a fantastic guy, funny, intelligent and he will be missed by the many, many people his life touched. RIP.
Attention Brian De Palma Fans!
Director Brian De Palma (Scarface, Dressed To Kill, Body Double) pens first novel - a crime thriller/female revenge story: Are Snakes Necessary?, co-authored with former New York Times editor Susan Lehman. Published by Hard Case Crime is an imprint of hardboiled crime novels with beautiful covers in the vintage style of the golden age of 1940s and 50s paperbacks.
Now on sale at Amazon
Attention Film Noir Fans!
Coming Nov 2020, 6 noir movie box set to be including these classic films: The Lineup, Escape In the Fog, Drive A Crooked Road, 5 Against The House, The Garment Jungle, plus tons of extras, commentaries, etc.
Pre-Order now from Powerhouse Films
Attention Roger Corman Fans!
BearManor Media has released two volumes of Roger Corman’s New World Pictures, 1970-1983: An Oral History, a must-have for Corman fans. Additionally, Scream Factory is releasing blu ray's of the Corman produced Deathsport (1978) and the Corman directed Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957). All of these items available Aug, 2020. What I want to know is, when will a deluxe blu ray be released at an affordable price of Corman's 1960 classic The Little Shop of Horrors? Until then, this is a wonderful feast of reading and watching for Corman fans!