Sunday, January 27, 2013

Book Ad of the Week: THE COVENANT (1973)

June 22, 1973

The Covenant
by Paige Mitchell
Atheneum, 1973

Novelist-screenwriter (Judith) Paige Mitchell did a lot of writing for television, including the development of John Grisham's The Client as a short-lived series on CBS, but the major motion picture based on her novel The Covenant was never produced.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Book Ad of the Week: THE PAPERBOY (1995)

February 22, 1995

The Paperboy
by Pete Dexter
Random House, 1995

Pete Dexter's novel became the 2012 movie starring Zac Efron, Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey, John Cusack, David Oyelowo, Scott Glenn, Ned Bellamy, and Macy Gray.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Book Ad of the Week: THE SEVEN MINUTES (1969)

September 29, 1969

October 27, 1969

The Seven Minutes
by Irving Wallace
Simon & Schuster, 1969

Irving Wallace's bestselling novel about an obscenity trial surrounding a book titled The Seven Minutes became independent filmmaker Russ Meyer's second -- and last -- major studio Hollywood production, THE SEVEN MINUTES (1971), starring Wayne Maunder, Marianne McAndrew, Philip Carey, Jay C. Flippen, Yvonne DeCarlo, Edy Williams, Charles Napier, James Iglehart, Charles Drake, Tom Selleck, Harold J. Stone, and John Carradine.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Book Ad of the Week: THE FRANCHISE (1984)

January 25, 1984

The Franchise
by Peter Gent
Villard/Random House, 1983

Peter Gent, a former wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys, scored a literary touchdown with his first novel, North Dallas Forty, which was the basis for the hit 1979 movie directed by Ted Kotcheff and starring Nick Nolte and Mac Davis. A film adaptation of Gent's second novel, The Franchise, was announced but never produced.