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Funny Boys: Those Fabulous Jewish Comedians

Posted on: March 6th, 2014 by Warren Adler No Comments

Those Catskill mountain resorts, now long gone, were the spawning grounds for American comedy, its influence now profoundly felt in every form of contemporary entertainment. Seinfeld, for example, one of the most successful comedy shows of all time, is easily recognizable as classic Catskill “schtick.”

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The Death of Ink

Posted on: February 19th, 2014 by Warren Adler No Comments

Print newspapers, once controlled by the newspaper barons of yesteryear, are heading for extinction with the rise of a new strain of informational power spearheaded by the digital revolution.

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Sex and the Novelist

Posted on: July 29th, 2013 by Warren Adler 1 Comment

The excitement of uncovering sex in literature is no longer relevant in today’s ubiquitous sexualized culture.

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The Aspiring Writer

Posted on: July 15th, 2013 by Warren Adler No Comments

Warren Adler, author of the iconic War of the Roses, provides essential advice to any and all aspiring writers.

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Video Trailer: Target Churchill – A Thriller Torn from the Pages of History

Posted on: July 6th, 2013 by Warren Adler No Comments

Target Churchill – A Thriller Torn from the Pages of History from Warren Adler on Vimeo.

As Great Britain and the United States celebrate a victorious end to WWII, Joseph Stalin’s relentless Soviet Union is creeping across Eastern Europe leaving a trail of devastation and murder in its wake.

Winston Churchill, the cigar-puffing icon of the British fighting spirit embarks on a crusade to lift the veil of secrecy that hangs over Stalin’s mission. Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri sets the diplomatic stage upon which the world’s political players grapple for supremacy as Churchill delivers his fated Iron Curtain speech on March 5th 1946.

Soviet operatives have infiltrated British and American governments at the highest level. As Churchill prepares to launch the Cold War, Stalin unleashes his trained mole, an American Nazi who served in Hitler’s SS. His mission: Assassinate Winston Churchill.

Churchill travels with a lone bodyguard, W.H. Thompson, a former British police officer who protected Churchill faithfully through the turbulent years of war.…

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The Short Story: Back in the Game

Posted on: March 4th, 2013 by Warren Adler 2 Comments

Once a staple of the magazine and literary world, it had, for a variety of reasons, been neglected and had fallen out of favor.

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Interview with Warren Adler, author of “War of the Roses”

Posted on: January 8th, 2013 by Jason Bruce No Comments

(Source: Two Ends of the Pen)

Warren, you have been a part of the literary scene for nearly half a century. At the age of 84, you are one of the elder statesmen for the publishing industry. Where do you see the book industry heading? As I have been predicting ever since I first digitalized all my work more than a dozen years ago, and as I said when I introduced the SONY reader in 2007, as the first stand-alone reader at the Las Vegas Electronics Show, the publishing business will morph massively to cyberspace and considerably shrink the number of stores selling printed books, all of which has come true. What I did not foresee was the number of self-published books that would hit the marketplace and offer hard competition for traditionally published books.

What is coming long-term, in my view, is a massive number of fiction books available on the Net, where it will be a challenge for any writer of fiction to be discoverable.…

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What Classics Will Our Century Produce?

Posted on: January 4th, 2013 by Warren Adler No Comments

Warren Adler, author of the iconic War of the Roses, answers a question that has been puzzling and demoralizing academia and the public alike: what classics will our century produce?

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What’s Warren Adler reading?

Posted on: December 27th, 2012 by Jason Bruce 1 Comment

Adler is best known for penning the book-turned-movie The War of the Roses (1989), which starred Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner. After finding success in Latin America and Europe, the stage production of War of the Roses will debut on the North American theater circuit in 2013. Adler, 85, grew up in Brooklyn and received a degree in English literature from New York University.

He is the founder of the Jackson Hole Writers Conference in Wyoming and has written more than 30 novels, short story collections and screenplays.

After being published by such houses as Viking, Putnam and Warner Books, Adler became a proponent of e-book publishing several years ago when he re-acquired his complete backlist to convert to digital formats published now by his company, Stonehouse Press.

What’s on your nightstand?

Ian McEwan’s latest book, Sweet Tooth. Ian is a terrific novelist. I enjoy reading Ian, along with Philip Roth.…

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13 Books for Your Halloween Reading List

Posted on: October 22nd, 2012 by Jason Bruce No Comments

If you’ve had enough of the mostly terrible and seldom excellent horror flicks that invade your TV screen during Halloween, it’s time you get your chills from a book. Warren Adler, with the help of his staff and interns, has complied a list of 13 unlucky books that will satisfy your cravings for blood and creeps. Sharpen up your own scary reading list if you already have one. Let us know if we missed any titles or any books you want to resurrect from the grave and add to the list. Here’s the list in no particular order:

Novels:

 


Dracula by Bram Stoker


Frankenstein by Mary Shelley


Death in Venice by Thomas Mann


Misery by Stephen King


American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis


I Am Legend by Richard Matheson


The Road by Cormac McCarthy


Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson


The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde


Dr.

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A Strange and Treacherous Family Reunion

Posted on: October 9th, 2012 by Warren Adler No Comments

On the treacherous trails and isolated wilds of Yellowstone Park, an aging father, George Temple, seeks to use a nostalgic horse trek to reconcile with his estranged daughter and son.

In Warren Adler‘s new thriller “The Serpent’s Bite,” they hadn’t seen one another since the passing of George’s wife nearly five years earlier. The family reunion is intended to bring back memories of their first trek 20 years earlier.

But the story reveals secrets that plague the family, and lead to disaster.

And along the way we meet Courtney Temple, who may be one of the most evil women in fiction.

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Meet Best Selling Author Warren Adler

Posted on: August 29th, 2012 by Jason Bruce 1 Comment

By Norm Goldman
(Article originally published on BookPleasures.com, August 27, 2012

 

Today, Norm Goldman Publisher & Editor of Bookpleasures.com is excited to have as our guest Warren Adler who has written thirty-three novels including The War of The Roses that was made into a movie with Michael Douglas and Random Heartsthat was likewise made into a movie with Harrison Ford.

Warren started an unprecedented bidding war in a Hollywood commission for his unpublished book Private Lies which according to the New York Post “Tri-State Pictures outbid Warner Bros and Columbia, and purchased the film rights to Private Lies for $1.2 million… the highest sums yet paid in Hollywood for an unpublished manuscript.”

He has also written short story collections and in stories from his collection The Sunset Gang became an American Playhouse three-hour television production in 1991 and 1992 and an off Broadway Play. His most recent novel, The Serpent’s Bite will be released in the fall of 2012 (has been released and is available in hardback and e-book formats on Amazon).…

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Fifty Shades of Grey, A ‘How-to’ Book With Many Climaxes

Posted on: July 6th, 2012 by Warren Adler 1 Comment

It is with trembling knees and stomach butterflies that I have decided to offer yet one more analysis of why the “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy by E.L. James has become a publishing phenomenon. For those of us in the scribbling trade it cannot be ignored.

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Fiction in Flux

Posted on: May 24th, 2012 by Warren Adler No Comments

For fiction writers in search of a publishing outlet, these are the best of times. For fiction writers in search of readers, this is the worst of times. For fiction writers in search of monetary rewards it is, for most, a disaster.

The challenges for genre fiction writers, those who fashion their stories within the confines of categories such as mysteries, romance, fantasy, zombies, vampires, erotic, and all the subgenres within them, are enormous. If such writers are unbranded and unknown, the odds of finding readership traction in an arena where thousands enter the fray daily are daunting.

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Don’t Believe the E-Book Monopoly Ploy

Posted on: April 27th, 2012 by Warren Adler No Comments

Don’t believe all that hype about government interference that is designed to foster an Amazon monopoly of the ebook business. What the six major publishers were alleged to have done was collude in fixing prices that, if true, was a desperate act that they must have known would fall afoul of anti-trust laws.

The new ploy by book publishers is to characterize Amazon as a monopoly poised to take over and dictate terms and run rampant over those who create ebook content. That is like saying Starbucks is a monopoly because it currently dominates the coffee retail business.

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An Experiment in Self-Publishing for the Non-Genre Novelist: Part One

Posted on: April 24th, 2012 by Warren Adler 6 Comments

A decade’s worth of experience in pioneering e-books and non-traditional methods of publishing novels.

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The Sunset Gang: A Journey from Page to PBS to Musical

Posted on: April 19th, 2012 by Warren Adler 1 Comment

A number of years ago, Larry Russell Brown and I met at the Donna Reed Festival in Denison, Iowa. Larry is a songwriter whose credits include such perennial favorites as “Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree,” “C’mon Marianne,” “Knock Three Times,” and many others. We were each invited to speak to high school students as part of the festival.

We had time on our hands, since there was little to do once our talks were over, and would sit around discussing our careers and how we saw our future projects. I told him about the eleven stories that Viking had just published titled “The Sunset Gang.” The president of Viking at the time, Tom Guinzburg, had given the manuscript to his mother to read and he reported that she was so taken with the stories that he just had to publish them.

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The E-Book Dilemma

Posted on: April 17th, 2012 by Warren Adler 2 Comments

So now that the pricing structure of e-books has been resolved once and for all, where does that leave the authors, without whom the publishers, their employees, and agents might be on food stamps?

Once the gatekeepers of the printed word, the power of the publishing community has been severely diminished by the indifferent scythe of technology. The e-book intrusion on their vaunted system of cultural filtration has been breached and they are now forced to compete with anyone who believes they have something to say that will add to our knowledge, entertainment and cultural advancement, once the exclusive purview of the publisher-chosen printed book.

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Let’s Hear it for the Self-Published Author

Posted on: April 9th, 2012 by Warren Adler 5 Comments

It is no small thing to write a book. It takes dedication, concentration, discipline, singleness of purpose, long hours of isolation and, above all, ideas. Years ago, before the rise of the Internet and the ease of digitization and the proliferation of e-readers, those who self-published were considered the bottom of the publishing barrel, rejected by mainline and established publishers, ignored by agents and dismissed as ego-centric wannabes.

For many who had hopes and dreams of obtaining authorial credentials by being taken on by the publishers who controlled the marketplace and the distribution chain, the prospects were grim to nil. Publishers and agents relegated their manuscripts to what the industry referred to as the “slush pile” and most, if not all manuscripts, were returned unread by clerks who inserted printed rejection slips and returned the manuscripts in self-postage ready envelopes.

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What Is a Literary Novel?

Posted on: April 2nd, 2012 by Warren Adler 1 Comment

I have been baffled for years over what constitutes the definition of a “literary” novel. Over the course of my career, I have heard numerous definitions, but none quite resonate for me as the one gold standard, definitive answer.

In search of this definition, I am tempted to discount all of the various genre novels, many of which are well written and exemplary, but they do suggest formula and have been slotted by common publishing practice to fit a category that does not suggest “literary.”

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