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THE BEAST IN THE RED FOREST

An Inspector Pekkala Novel of Suspense

Sam Eastland

80 years before Edward Snowden seeks asylum in Putin's Russia, an American autoworker, disillusioned with the stubborn, stagnant inequality in America, moves his family to Russia. His letters home are glowing arias about Stalin's New Man in Soviet Paradise. Then, suddenly, the letters stop.

 The world of Soviet espionage is shaken with the shocking disappearance of Stalin's invincible Inspector Pekkala whose charred remains are reported from the frontlines.  But Stalin refuses to accept the indomitable Pekkala demise and dispatches Pekkala's assistant, Kirov deep into the wild forests of Western Russia, to follow a wilderness trail of clues, each one leading to a more tortured turn of fate. A new enemy has emerged from the fog of war, more deadly than any Kirov or Pekkala have ever faced before. Meanwhile, Pekkala's Nemesis is closing in for the kill.

Sam Eastland is the nom de plume of novelist and memoirist Paul Watkins when he writes the Inspector Pekkala  detective novels set in Stalinist Russia.  The first two Pekkala thrillers, Eye of the Red Tsar and Shadow Pass, have been translated into 17 languages. OPUS relaunches the Eastland series with this new novel.  The next Pekkala work in the OPUS series will be The Red Moth

 Watkins is the son of Welsh parents and the grandson of a London Metropolitan Police Investigator who served in Scotland Yard's famous "Ghost Squad" during the 1940s. He was educated at the Dragon School, Eton College and Yale University.  He has written for The London Times, The London Sunday Times, The New York Times and The Observer. He resides in New Jersey. 

 

 PRAISE FOR PAUL WATKINS/SAM EASTLAND:

“Among literati he is already a legend.”  — Michael Hirschorn, Esquire

“Watkins leaves us practically breathless.” — Vogue

“Daring and remarkably assured…provocative..."  — Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

"Highly imaginative . . . History mixes with fiction in an exciting story."  – USA Today

"What elevates this Russian period thrilleris its mad, brilliant hero." – KirkusStarred Review

"Gripping and memorable. . .Fans of Russian thrillers (such as Martin Cruz Smith's Gorky Park) will want this."     – Library Journal 

 

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Publication Date:  August 11, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-62316-049-4
Hardcover • $22.95 •  US
336 pages • 6 x 9 

Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL

The Illustrated Screenplay

Wes Anderson

The Grand Budapest Hotel recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars; and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting; a raging battle for an enormous family fortune; and the sweetest confection of a love affair - all against the backdrop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent.

With sparkling dialogue, arresting visuals, vibrant charm and a slowly building melancholy, The Grand Budapest Hotel is both sophisticated comedy and historical pastiche, the portrait of a hero (of sorts) in a dazzling but vanishing world.

Inspired in part by the writings of Stefan Zweig.

Wes Anderson is an acclaimed American film director, producer and writer. His other films include Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Darjeeling Limited, Moonrise Kingdom, and the animated feature Fantastic Mr. Fox.

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL: Screenplay by Wes Anderson. Story by Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness. Directed by Wes Anderson. Cast includes Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Lea Seydoux, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson, Owen Wilson. Producers: Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales, Jeremy Dawson. Fox Searchlight Pictures.

 

"Wes Anderson's captivating 1930s-set caper offers a vibrant and imaginative evocation of a bygone era." – Variety

 

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ISBN: 978-1-62316-051-7 * 50 stills and drawings

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Inside Llewyn Davis: The Screenplay

Joel Coen and Ethan Coen 

 

*** Complete text of the Screenplay, including the Lyrics 

*** Introduction by music historian Elijah Wald about the late 50s and early 60s folk music scene in Greenwich Village

*** A Conversation with T Bone Burnett, the film's musical supervisor, on how the music was conceived and executed

*** Illustrated with Stills throughout

 

Quintessential Coen brothers fare – but different. Inside Llewyn Davis has a certain kinship with Les Misérables. In it almost all the principal actors – Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake – sing. While not quite a musical, Inside Llewyn Davis is built around full-length performances of folk songs that were heard in the grubby cafes of the Village in a year when Bob Dylan, who kind of, sort of shows up in the movie, had just appeared on the scene.

Bob Dylan, Paul Clayton, the Rev. Reverend Gary Davis, Joni Mitchell, Tom Paxton and myriad other singers of the era are invoked in the film. Its story bounces through actual places like Gerde's, the Gaslight Café and the Gate of Horn in Chicago without explicitly portraying real artists or folk music powers like the impresario Albert Grossman.

T Bone Burnett, who provided the old time music of O Brother, Where Art Thou?, also produced the music for Inside Llewyn Davis. Mr. Burnett has helped to re-create the brief flowering of a folk scene that in the early '60s made Washington Square and its environs an unlikely crossroads for musical influences from Appalachia, the Deep South, the Far West, New England – almost anywhere but New York's neighborhoods, from which some of its heartiest practitioners, and Llewyn Davis, arrived.

Joel Coen and Ethan Coen:  the  award-winning writer-director team of such films as True Grit; No Country for Old Men; O Brother, Where Are Thou?

 

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FRANCIS, THE HOLY JESTER

A Novel about St. Francis 
Dario Fo
Translated by Mario Pirovano

 Greed and corruption are Fo’s irreverent subjects for this satirical provocation. Fo convenes courtiers, popes, cardinals, generals, peasants and one man who despite his own earthly appetites and desires becomes a saint. This is a novel to spark the imagination, challenge the conscience, and delight the soul. “Imagine” wrote The New York Times about Fo, “a cross between Bertolt Brecht and Lenny Bruce, and you may begin to have an idea of the scope of Fo’s anarchic wit.”

>MARIO PIROVANO is a self-taught actor of great expressive quality…exceptional. He possesses the energetic inventiveness of a great storyteller.” —Dario Fo

Dario Fo was extolled by the Nobel committee as one of Europe’s leading political satirists “who emulates the jesters of the Middle Ages in scourging authority and upholding the dignity of the downtrodden.” Theatre director,  commedia clown,  artist, and composer, he is the author of over seventy plays including Accidental Death of an Anarchist, We Can’t Pay? We Won’t Pay! and Mistero Buffo.

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 THE DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY

Christopher Nolan
The Complete Screenplays
With Selected Storyboards

 

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BATMAN BEGINS

A confidently original, engrossing interpretation, with a seriously thought through (but never self-serious) aesthetic point of view that announces, from the get-go, someone who knows what he’s doing is running the show, and he’s modestly unafraid to do something new.­” —Entertainment Weekly

 

THE DARK KNIGHT

“The haunting and visionary Dark Knight soars on the wings of untamed imagination.” —Rolling Stone

“The Dark Knight packs a wallop that hurts at every turn; I frankly can’t remember the last time I became so emotionally invested in a comic-book movie. Maybe never.” —Houston Chronicle

 The Dark Knight Rises

“For once a melodrama with pulp origins convinces viewers that it can be the modern equivalent to Greek myths or a Jonathan Swift satire. TDKR is that big, that bitter—a film of grand ambitions and epic achievement. It may not top The Avengers at the worldwide box office, but it is a far, far better thing—maybe the best, most troubling, assured and enthralling of all the superhero movies. —Time

“Nolan’s a Wagner for the multiplex, fashioning his operatic eccentricities on the grandest possible scale…Nolan’s Batman trilogy represents a darkening vision that, with this film, earns its weight. It’s the genre’s “Twilight of the Gods.” —Boston Globe

Christopher Nolan, writer and director, resides in Los Angeles.  

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Batman created by Bob Kane

 


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SHEP’S ARMY

Bummers, Blisters, & Boondoggles

Edited with an Introduction by Eugene B. Bergmann
Foreword by Keith Olbermann

In the first volume of fresh Shepherd tales in 25 years, the great American humorist immortalizes the men who never tasted combat except the occasional fistfight on poker night -- the soldiers on the home front. 

Jean Shepherd, the great American humorist, radio raconteur, master storyteller, creator of the movie classic A Christmas Story, and bestselling author, has left his indelible imprint on American culture.

His quirky individuality was portrayed for posterity by Jason Robards in the play and film A Thousand Clowns, written by Shep's close pal Herb Gardner. Jack Nicholson embodied a Shepherdlike late night radio talker in The King of Marvin Gardens, while in Network, by Paddy Chayefsky (another of Shep's comic cohorts), the television newscaster beseeches his listeners to open their windows and yell, "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this any more," an unmistakable echo of Shepherd's radio habit of "hurling an invective" out into the nation's airwaves. 

Tens of thousands of intensely enthusiastic fans stayed up past their bedtimes with transistor radios stashed under their pillows to follow “Shep” in his always unpredictable, extemporaneous verbal forays into current events and social mores, his idle thoughts and his captivating tales.

This delightfully entertaining collection of Jean Shepherd army stories, assembled and transcribed by Shepherd biographer Eugene Bergmann, and in print for the first time, vividly captures the wit and humor of the storytelling grand master as though he were once again crooning into his WOR mike to his thousands of spellbound late-night listeners.

Eugene B. Bergmann, author of the landmark Shepherd biography, Excelsior, You Fathead!, was Senior Exhibit Designer at New York’s Amer­ican Museum of Natural His­tory, where, working with curators including Margaret Mead, he designed scores of exhibits such as the Margaret Mead Hall of Pacific Peoples, the Hall of South American Peoples, and the Hall of Reptiles and Amphibians. He resides on Long Island. 

 

“Excelsior! What a treat to have so many of Jean Shepherd’s war stories consolidated into one volume. Through Shep’s Army comes a revelatory picture of the real ‘inglorious bastards’ -- regular guys inexorably marching on an exercise wheel to nowhere. I would love to see Brad Pitt play Shep in that movie!”  --Dee Snyder of Twisted Sister

“He really formed my entire comedic sensibility. I learned how to do comedy from Jean Shepherd.” —JERRY SEINFELD

“Shepherd had the best influence on my sensibility. He helped me pursue that sense of being different, being an individual. He actually made me feel I wasn’t alone.” —Billy Collins, U.S. Poet Laureate

“I don’t think any sense of humor is funny. Rarely. Jean Shepherd is funny.”—Andy Kaufman 

 

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  • Excelsior, You Fathead!, by Eugene B. Bergmann— ISBN: 978-1-55783-600-7

 


thumb PrueLeithCover.FinalWhen Sex and Politics Collide, the Tabloids Have a Field Day

A Serving of Scandal

A Novel by Prue Leith

 Prue Leith played a leading role in the revolution of Britain’s eating habits. Having published twelve highly acclaimed cookbooks and held theladle at her own gold standard bistro, she surrendered herself to her ownsecret passion: Culinary Fiction.

This is the first of three Prue Leith novels to inaugurate the Opus Culinary Fiction series. The mysterious juices of life intermingle with Leith’s characters’ creative harvests and subtle sauces.

Kate, a successful caterer to the posh Parliament crowd, inadvertently caters to the pleasures of Britain’s Secretary of State and uncovers her deepening understanding that each life must be a hybrid if it is to survive; substitutions must be part of the expectation; nothing is in season forever. Improvisation isn’t just an escape route; its labyrinthine route is the main highway. There is no one recipe—not even great sex—which will be news to many readers—that will keep a relationship fresh.

Married and a father, Oliver Stapler is totally out of bounds, yet Kate helplessly falls for one of the most public men in England. When someone alerts the gutter press, who cares whether Kate’s affair with Oliver is true or not? It’s a great story that will sell a ton of newspapers—and destroy several lives in the process.

 

 

“A three-way romance among food, those who prepare it, and those who eat it; descriptions of 'scratch' meals are as appealing as those of the gourmet dinners Kate creates. When she describes cooking as 'an act of love,' the true heart of the story is revealed."    — Publishers Weekly   

“Leith has crafted a delicious, must-read tale of deception that mixes sex, lies, and food like no other. Readers will want a second helping.”    — Booklist

“Prue Leith was not just born to cook...she was also born to write.”—Daily Mail

“A feel good romance...a dramatic tale...Make a nice cup of tea and enjoy!” —The Times of London

“Those who enjoy romance and good food will find it an ideal novel to take on a holiday.” —Elizabeth Jane Howard

“Positively tearjerking…her descriptions of food are so mouthwatering I put on three pounds just reading it.” —Wendy Holden

 

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THE PATIENT ECSTASY OF FRAULEIN BRAUNA disturbing, haunting novel about Hitler seen through the eyes of the woman who worshiped him 

THE PATIENT ECSTASY OF FRAULEIN BRAUN

A Novel by Lavonne Muller

 Eva understands Hitler is married to Germany and must herself stand back unacknowledged as he enclasps the world in a passionate, python-like thrall. Until the last days in the final chapter of the Third Reich (and the first chapter of the novel), when Adolf and Eva move into their first home together, the Führerbunker. There, deep underground, hidden from the light of day and the light of history, but laid fully bare to the author’s unblinking eye, Eva Braun’s patriotism and patience finally pay off—in a private wedding ceremony and a cyanide capsule.

Mueller imagines the claustrophobic and morally twisted underground world of the Third Reich’s last gasp. All the Führer’s men and women, like rats in a trap, grow more and more desperate, more and more perverse, as they compete for the final crumbs of attention from their doomed leader. Only one soul remains calm amid the chaos: the ever-patient, ever pliant paramour of the vilest man who ever lived.

As the world around them goes astoundingly mad, their devotion to each other remains unsullied. Trusting. Even innocent.

Eminent biographer Lytton Strachey cautions us that “it is not by the direct method of a scrupulous narration that the explorer of the past can hope to depict that singular epoch. If the author is wise, he/she will…fall upon the flank, or the rear, will shoot a sudden, revealing searchlight into obscure recesses.” Taking Strachey’s advice, Mueller has exposed those “obscure recesses” through the lovesick eyes of Eva Braun.

Lavonne Mueller (Chicago) is the recipient of Guggenheim, Rockefeller, and NEA grants for her writing. As a Fulbright creative artist she worked in Argentina and Jordan; under an Asian Cultural Grant she investigated the culture of Calcutta. Her textbook on creative writing (Doubleday) has remained a classic in schools around the country.

 Mueller Highlights

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The Dervish

A Novel by Frances Kazan

 

The first Arab Spring: revolution and passion seethe and erupt in this action-packed romance during the dying days of the Ottoman Empire. Kazan’s novel takes us intimately behind the veil, to see and experience the Ottoman world, to let us view, from the “other” side, how the cultural and political antagonisms between the Occident and the Orient of the past century look. There are no easy villains or heroes in this story. Only ardent, unforgettable characters.

An American war widow seeks emotional asylum with her sister at the American Consulate in Constantinople during the Allied occupation in 1919. Through a cross-stitched pattern of synchronicity Kazan’s heroine becomes a vital thread in the fate of Mustafa Kemal (later Ataturk) and his battle for his country’s freedom. Based on first-hand accounts of the Turkish nationalist resistance, THE DERVISH details the extraordinary events that culminated in 1923 with the creation of the Republic of Turkey.

THE DERVISH is the dramatic culmination of Kazan’s acclaimed novel Halide’s Gift, the story of two sisters bound by an extraordinary friendship, and torn apart by their love of radically different men. Translated into seven languages, the novel, according to Publishers Weekly, uncovers “an Islamic world on the brink of change [that] is carefully detailed and convincing.”

THE DERVISH will set readers’ heads whirling with its powerful story of political and social power plays. Suspense grows à la Le Carré, as do the parallels to the latest news flashes from our own times of Mideast turmoil.

 

Praise for Frances Kazan

"Kazan opens a window into a time period and a culture largely ignored or forgotten in the 21st century." --Kirkus Reviews

 

““Like an intricately patterned Turkish carpet, Halide’s Gift is a complex tale of intrigue, secrets, superstitions and veiled passions set at the end of nineteenth century Constantinople.” — Susan Vreeland, author of Girl in Hyacinth Blue 

“Kazan has taken Halide Edib’s true story  and turned it into the kind of fiction that illuminates a world.” — Jane Kramer

“I was gripped by Kazan’s evocation of the last days of the Ottoman empire in Halide’s Gift. An impressive novel.” —Pankaj Mishra, author of The Romantics

 FRANCES KAZAN (New York), writer, lecturer, producer and arts supporter, holds a Master’s in Turkish studies and is a member of the American Turkish Society. She has served on the board of directors of the Kitchen, St Ann’s Warehouse, and the House Foundation for the Arts. Author’s website: http://franceskazan.com. She is the wife of the late world renowned director, Elia Kazan.

 

 

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“Refreshing... a lucid and fascinating overview.” —Times Literary Supplement

SHAKESPEARE ON THEATRE

William Shakespeare
Edited by Nick de Somogyi

 A unique collection of Shakespeare’s every reflection on the theatre, offering fascinating insights into the man, his work, and the world of the Jacobean stage.

Shakespeare was a man of the theatre to his core, so it is no surprise that he repeatedly contemplated the nuts and bolts of his craft in his plays and poems.

Shakespeare scholar Nick de Somogyi here draws together all the cherishable set pieces—including “All the world’s a stage,” Hamlet’s encounters with the Players, and Bottom’s amateur theatricals—along with many other oblique but no less revealing glances and further insights into theatre practice by Shakespeare’s contemporaries and rivals.

De Somogyi’s commentary takes us through the entire process of Shakespeare’s theatrical production, from its casting and auditions—via rehearsals, costumes, and props—to its premiere and audience reception.

Shakespeare on Theatre eavesdrops on the urgently whispered noises-off in the “tiring-house” and inhales the heady aroma of the Globe’s first audiences.

Nick de Somogyi is Founding Editor of the Globe Quartos, Editor of the Shakespeare Folio Series, and Visiting Curator at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Dr. de Somogyi resides in Cambridge, England.

 

“Somogyi’s detailed, linking analysis and commentary turns it into quite an original book about Shakespeare’s words, working method and contemporary context.” —The London Stage

 

 

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