Birth of cinematic revolution to be recounted by Mark Harris, author and journalist, at Literary Tastes Breakfast

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Contact: Liz Markel
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For Immediate Release
May 6, 2009

CHICAGO—Mark Harris, contributor to Entertainment Weekly, Slate and The New York Times will speak at the upcoming Literary Tastes Breakfast about his award-winning book “Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies as the Birth of the New Hollywood,” a New York Times bestseller and selection for the 2009 Notable Books List.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

The breakfast, which will be held from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sunday, July 12 in the Red Lacquer Room of the Palmer House Hilton, 17 E. Monroe Street, Chicago, features authors from RUSA’s 2009 selections for the Notable Books List, The Reading List and the Sophie Brody Medal winners. Authors read from their work, ruminate on writing and sign books, while attendees enjoy a scrumptious breakfast. “Pictures at a Revolution” was one of 25 titles named to the 2009 Notable Books List, whose purpose is to identify the best, most readable, and at times most important fiction, nonfiction and poetry books for the adult reader.

Harris’s book paints detailed portraits of the five 1967 Oscar nominees for Best Picture—“Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” “The Graduate,” “In the Heat of the Night,” “Doctor Doolittle” and “Bonnie and Clyde”—and follows these groundbreaking films from conception, through the creative process and finally to the big screen, where they transformed American moviemaking and became part of a cultural watershed, ushering in the New Hollywood era. His writing reveals the moviemaking process for what it is—a series of decisions, risks and compromises subject to economic realities, directorial ambition, vanity and competition.

In addition to its appearance on the New York Times bestseller list, “Pictures at a Revolution” has been lauded by Rolling Stone as “that rare book on film that deserves to be called indispensable…[Harris] blows the dust off film history, leaving us with a living portrait of a rebel generation.” The Los Angeles Times called it “a rarity in the realm of movie literature: a first-rate, broad-gauged (and deliciously readable) cultural history,” and The Boston Globe raved, “a superb achievement.”

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