Fandango to initiate new chapter in books

New division to publish illustrated screenplays, prod'n stills

ROME — Fandango, the Rome-based independent film company headed by producer Domenico Procacci, is expanding into publishing with a new division, Fandango Books, to be launched this month.

In addition to its fiction imprint, coordinated by writer Sandro Veronesi, Fandango Books will publish a series of illustrated volumes containing film screenplays and production stills.

The first two titles will be released Thursday. These are Australian novelist Dorothy Porter’s “The Monkey Mask,” a lesbian detective story written in verse that currently is being adapted as a feature by director Samantha Lang (“The Well”), and Luciano Ligabue, Antonio Leotti and Chico De Luigi’s “Radiofreccia,” which includes the script and extensive photographic material from the hit Fandango feature directed by popular rocker Ligabue.

Fandango will publish four books in its first year and a slightly higher number in 2000. Other titles due out in the coming months include David Foster Wallace’s “The Broom of the System” and “Infinite Jest,” and “Akhenaten,” Porter’s 1992 verse novel.