Hollywood Author to Speak About Barbra Streisand Book at Library Live Event

posted: October 14th, 2012 04:23 pm | 0No Comments

Author William Mann will appear at the Newport Beach Central Library on Thursday Oct. 23 to discuss his newest book about Barbra Streisand’s rise to fame in New York City.

The Library Live event is sponsored by the Newport Beach Library Foundation and is free with a $10 suggested donation at the door, organizers said. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., followed by the lecture and a Q&A session at 7 p.m. with a book signing and dessert reception at 8:15 p.m. Advance reservations are strongly suggested and may be made online.

William Mann will be discussing his newest book, “Hello Gorgeous: Becoming Barbara Streisand,” according to a news release about the event.

“This latest offering chronicles Barbra Streisand’s climb to fame during her New York years,” according to the release. “In 1960, she was a seventeen-year-old from Brooklyn, with plenty of talent but no connections and no money. Just four years later, Streisand was the top-selling female recording artist in America and the star of one of Broadway’s biggest hits. Mann recounts that dizzying ascent, telling the riveting behind-the-scenes story of how Streisand and her team transformed her from an unknown dreamer into a worldwide superstar.”

Mann also wrote the books “Kate: The Woman Who Was Hepburn” and “How to Be a Movie Star: Elizabeth Taylor in Hollywood. He writes both fiction and non-fiction and lives in Provincetown, Mass. and New York City.

Library Live events began in 1995, organizers said, “to provide a unique forum for outstanding authors to appear at the Newport Beach Public Library, where the audience has an opportunity to hear from the author, engage in dialogue and purchase books to be signed.”

The library is located at 1000 Avocado Ave. For more information, call (949) 548-2411.

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