A few recent books were written not by fulltime authors, but by experienced professionals in the entertainment industry. David Black, a theater producer, director and teacher for 30 years, shares his knowledge in “The Actor’s Audition,” published last fall by Vintage Books. It is now in its second printing, with about 10,000 copies in print. Similarly, Peter Mueller has been a private attorney and headed Aca Joe and other companies. His legal background led to “Show Business Law,” published by Quorum. It covers legal issues in film, tv and video. Another guide is Arthur Pine’s “Your Family Business: A Practical, Step-by-Step Guide For Making The Most Of Both Your Relationships And Your Business” from Poseidon Press. Pine has been a literary agent in New York for 20 years.
Zebra Books has purchased the mass-market paperback rights to Coyne Steven Sanders’ “Rainbow’s End: The Judy Garland Show.” Book, which chronicles the controversial 1963-64 CBS series, is in its third William Morrow & Co. hardcover printing.
Columbia U. Press has issued a new analytical tome on Alfred Hitchcock. In “Alfred Hitchcock’s High Vernacular: Theory And Practice,” Stefan Sharff studies the director’s cinematic language, and concentrates on three films: “Notorious,” “Family Plot” and “Frenzy.”
In “Now You See It,” author Richard Dyer discusses lesbian and gay films from their beginnings (according to Dyer, the 1920 German film “Different From The Others”) up to 1980. Routledge is the publisher.
David Mamet has collected a series of lectures he gave in 1987 and published them as “On Directing Film,” new from Viking. The playwright-turned-director (“House Of Games,” “Things Change”) discusses various areas of the filmmaking process.
Author and Emmy-winning scripter Eric Bercovici has penned a comic mystery novel, “Tread Lightly, My Dear,” about fakery in the art world. Birch Lane Press is the publisher.
Elizabeth Taylor, Montgomery Clift, Rock Hudson, Natalie Wood and James Dean are profiled by John Parker in “Five For Hollywood: Their Friendship, Their Fame, Their Tragedies.” Lyle Stuart plans to release it in April.
Wallace Shawn’s latest play, “The Fever,” will be published as a Noonday Original (a Farrar Straus Giroux imprint) in April. The play, which had a brief run at the Public Theater last fall, will be available in both paperback and hardcover.
Random House’s large-format paperback “The Book Of Sequels” provides more than a few chuckles as it proposes follow-ups to film, literary and artistic masterpieces. Authors Henry Beard, Christopher Cerf, Sarah Durkee and Sean Kelly have come up with such can’t-miss Shakespeare sequels as “The Revenge Of The Shrew” and “Henry IV, Part 2, Part 2,” as well as “Force 10 From Casablanca” and “I Was A Teenage Beowulf.”
“Deadly Illusions: Who Killed Jean Harlow’s Husband?” by Samuel Marx and Joyce Vanderveen, has been released in the U.K. by Random Century.
Now in paperback is Boyd Grubb’s biography “Razzle Dazzle: The life And Work Of Bob Fosse.” St. Martin’s has reprinted it, just in time to compete with the new hardcover from Bantam: “All His Jazz: The life And Death Of Bob Fosse.”
Citadel is reprinting Lee Goldberg’s “Unsold TV Pilots: The Almost Complete Guide To Everything You Never Saw On TV.” Other Citadel reprints include “The Films And Career Of Elvis.”
Vintage Classics has reissued Anthony Burgess’ translation of Edmond Rostand’s play “Cyrano de Bergerac” to tie in with the new film version.