Author William Mann to appear at the Palm Springs Public Library

photo by Michael Childers

photo by Michael Childers

How To Be a Movie Star cover         On Saturday October 17, 2009 noted Author William J. Mann will appear at the Palm Springs Public Library at 2:30 p.m.  Mr. Mann will discuss his latest work, “How To Be A Movie Star: Elizabeth Taylor in Hollywood”.  He will also discuss his other works and share about his writing process.  His latest book, to be released on October 21st, will be available for purchase and to autograph following his lecture. Several of his other works will also be available, all courtesy of Q Trading.

          William J. Mann alternates his creative energies between fiction and non-fiction including four acclaimed books on Hollywood film history: “Kate: The Woman Who Was Hepburn”, “Wisecracker: The Life and Times of William Haines”, “Behind the Screen: How Gays and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood”, and “Edge of Midnight: The Life of John Schlesinger” and five novels: “The Men From the Boys”, “The Biograph Girl”, “Where the Boys Are”, “All American Boy” and “Men Who Love Men”.

          Mr. Mann’s book “Behind the Screen: How Gays and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood 1910-1969” won acclaim as a thoughtful examination of the gay experience in the American film industry during the studio era. Likewise, his 1998 biography, “Wisecracker: The Life and Times of William Haines”, won the Lambda Literary Award, and was made into a documentary film directed by Fenton  Bailey and Randy Barbato (Party Monster, The Eyes of Tammy Faye).

          Born in Connecticut, Mr. Mann worked briefly in Washington, DC, as a Capitol Hill aide before receiving his Masters degree at Wesleyan University. Working as a journalist for several publications, both on staff and freelance, led to his tenure (1992-95) at Metroline, a newsmagazine serving Connecticut and Massachusetts. He has continued to work as a journalist, and his fiction and essays have appeared in dozens of anthologies. Mr. Mann resides in Provincetown, Massachusetts with his partner, Dr. Timothy Huber.

          The lecture is FREE and open to the public, but seating is limited.  The lecture will be presented in The Learning Center at the Library.

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