I’m delighted to announce my forthcoming e-book, Screen Savers Part Two: My Grab Bag of Classic Movies, due out this fall. Although this is my fifth movie book, it is my first exclusively for the e-market; it won’t have a print edition. It all came about when my publisher, Jon Hansen, suggested an e-book of selected posts from my blog (screensaversmovies.com), a collection of pieces written between 2008 and the summer of 2011. I liked the idea of revisiting these posts and bringing them to new readers. But I didn’t want to stop there. I have other materials that I have been longing to share, without knowing (until now) when the right showcase would present itself.
My first book (my quiz book), And You Thought You Knew Classic Movies, came out in 1999. In the last twelve years, I’ve continued (for my own pleasure) to concoct challenging and amusing quizzes that will now be included in the e-book. There are 85 of them, most of them of the “matching” variety, and I’m pleased to say that many of them surpass anything in the original quiz book!
When preparing my third book, Screen Savers: 40 Remarkable Movies Awaiting Rediscovery (2007), my editor and I decided not to include the final two chapters because they strayed from the book’s “genre” format by focusing on two individuals (actor Joel McCrea and director Anthony Mann). After some tinkering that allowed a few of the McCrea and Mann pieces to be included in the book’s final version, I was still left with ten unpublished essays. I’m especially excited to report that these “lost episodes” will form the opening section of Screen Savers Part Two.
So, I’ve spent my summer editing my e-book’s three sections: the ten never-seen Screen Savers essays; my 135 favorite and newly arranged (by category) blog posts; the 85 brand-new quizzes. There you have it, my ”grab bag” of classic movies. Get those Kindles, iPads, and Nooks ready!