Sunday, December 1, 2013

Book Ad of the Week: CITY PRIMEVAL


September 19, 1980

City Primeval
by Elmore Leonard
Arbor House, 1980

A number of films have been made from Elmore Leonard's novels and short stories, beginning with THE TALL T and 3:10 TO YUMA in 1957, but the major motion picture based on City Primeval has yet to be produced. However, lead character Raymond Cruz makes an appearance in another Leonard novel, Out of Sight, and is played by Paul Calderon in Steven Soderbergh's 1998 film adaptation.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Book Ad of the Week: THE DAY BEFORE SUNRISE (1976)


May 2, 1976

The Day Before Sunrise
by Thomas Wiseman
Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1976

Thomas Wiseman's novel The Romantic Englishwoman became the Joseph Losey film of the same name, but a major motion picture based on The Day Before Sunrise was never produced.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Book Ad of the Week: HARRY S. TRUMAN (1974)


January 2, 1974

Harry S. Truman
by Margaret Truman
William Morrow & Co., 1972

This biography of Harry S. Truman, the 33rd president of the United States, was written by his daughter Margaret Truman, later a successful author of mystery novels. The major motion picture was never made.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Book Ad of the Week: THE SURVIVOR (1980)


September 28, 1980

The Survivor
by Jack Eisner
William Morrow & Co., 1980

Jack Eisner's autobiography The Survivor became the 1985 Moshé Mizrahi film WAR AND LOVE, starring Kyra Sedgwick, Sebastian Keneas, and David Spielberg.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Book Ad of the Week: THE SUMMER THAT BLED (1973)


May 21, 1973

The Summer That Bled
by Anthony Masters
St. Martin's Press, 1972

This non-fiction account of the life and death of Hannah Senesh was never adapted into a major motion picture. However, Yoel Palgi's books The Diaries Of Hanna Senesh and A Great Wind Cometh were the basis for the 1988 film HANNA'S WAR, directed by Menahem Golan and starring Maruschka Detmers, Ellen Burstyn and Donald Pleasence.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Book Ad of the Week: BLUE MERIDIAN (1971)


April 25, 1971

Blue Meridian
by Peter Matthiessen
Random House, 1971

This non-fiction book, an account of author Peter Matthiessen's experiences working on the shark documentary BLUE WATER, WHITE DEATH (1971), was never made into a major motion picture. However, Signet did publish it as a BLUE WATER, WHITE DEATH movie tie-in paperback in 1973.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Book Ad of the Week: UNCLE FRANK (1973)


December 9, 1973

Uncle Frank
by Leonard Katz
Drake Publishers, 1973

In addition to writing the foreword to Leonard Katz's book, Anthony Quinn secured the film rights and was going to play Frank Costello in the movie adaptation, but no movie was ever produced.