LARRY EDMUNDS BOOKSHOP

Larry Edmunds Bookshop has been a staple on Hollywood Blvd. for decades and just recently it celebrated its 31st anniversary under the auspices of owner Jeff Mantor. Not only is Larry Edmunds Bookshop my favorite book store (Evah!), but I’ve been going there since high school, which kind of predates Jeff Mantor’s ownership. Don’t get me wrong, I like all bookstores but the speciality aspect of Larry Edmunds towers above the competition: Samuel French, and the once thriving stores such as Book City, Hollywood Book & Poster, etc. Why? They were all either too pricey or limited in their inventory. Larry Edmunds had and still has, EVERYTHING! 

I knew I arrived as a biographer when Larry Edmunds (“The Lare”) carried my book and helped promote it.


   Not only did I go there regularly pre-Pandemic to browse, I don’t think I ever left that place without buying something. Yeah, it’s that enticing and that good! 
  I should add that owner Jeff Mantor has gone out of his way to help promote my book, Lee Marvin Point Blank in a way that defies description. In fact, when the publicist my publisher hired could not get the right people from the American Cinematheque on the phone, I told Jeff and he did the rest. I talked Chris Marvin into joining us for an evening of his father’s films and the rest as they say, is history. Thank you, Jeff! 

Book signing table with Jeff Mantor set-up in the lobby of the American Cinematheque’s Aero Theater in Santa Monica.

 

   He also offered to do a book signing IN Larry Edmunds bookshop if I could provide a worthy guest speaker to join me. A frantic call unsuccessful to first Angie Dickinson and then a successful one to the late, great Mitch Ryan clinched the deal on a magical night highlighted here. Once again, thank you, Jeff. 
 So here’s to a wonderful anniversary, for Larry Edmunds Bookshop and hopefully many more. See you soon, Jeff.
– Dwayne Epstein

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30TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE PASSING OF LEE MARVIN

This August 29th will mark the 30th anniversary of Lee Marvin’s passing and much has transpired in those three decades. Truth be told, much more should have transpired within that time period. The publication of Lee Marvin Point Blank in 2013 I felt was a worthy addition to the effort of keeping his memory alive but there really hasn’t been much else. If you look at the scan from my book’s back pages you’ll see there’s only been a handful of projects that are a result of Lee’s work & legacy.

From the paperback version of Lee Marvin: Point Blank.

Some of the highlights include the long overdue The Big Red One reconstruction in 2004; A tribute to his films in 2007 by the Film Society of Lincoln Center;  MTV voting Lee Marvin’s Walker in Point Blank the top 5 badass in movie history in 2009; Playwright Nick Zagone’s original stage play “Lee Marvin Be They Name” in 2011.
When my book was in production and my publisher wanted a little more back material, I came up with this idea to keep the actor’s legacy alive in the mind of the reader….

From Lee Marvin: Point Blank, my own idea of films Lee could have made had he lived.

After my book was published, the good people at the American Cinematheque, in conjunction with Larry Edmunds Bookstore in Hollywood contacted me about the possibility of running a short film festival of some of Lee’s films. The turn out surprised everyone as the event proved to be a sell out!

Aero Theater Schedule for Lee Marvin film fest.

Aero Theater write-up. Part 2

Flyer of the festival as put out by Larry Edmunds Bookstore.

As I say, the turn out was wonderful and surprising to all. Similarly, was the fact that Lee Marvin Point Blank made the NY Times Bestseller list in 2014 at number four! Everyone has been surprised. This being the 30th anniversary of Lee’s passing, whenever his name is mentioned since then, I keep hearing how surprised folks are that he’s remembered at all and then how great it is that he is remembered.
Hey, I’m not going to lie to you. I think it would be great to keep selling copies of my book but there’s another reason other than money. Want to keep his memory and legacy alive? Sure, buy the book but more than that: Watch a Lee Marvin movie and tell other folks about it. Believe me, you won’t be disappointed.
– Dwayne Epstein

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