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BK: Erin Carlson presents I'LL HAVE WHAT SHE'S HAVING with Jennifer Keishin Armstrong

    08/29/2017 - 7:00pm

    This event will take place in our Brooklyn store.

    In I'll Have What She's Having, journalist Erin Carlson goes behind the scenes to tell the story of Nora Ephron and how she reinvented the rom-com through her trio of instant classics: When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, and You've Got Mail. But in the process, Ephron also remade herself – from a tough, suffer-no-fools Manhattan journalist to a fierce and unflinching Hollywood power player with the clout to get her movies greenlit … all while redefining romance for an entire generation. With a cast of famous faces including Rob Reiner, Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, and Billy Crystal, Carlson takes readers on a rollicking, revelatory trip through Ephron's New York City, where reality took a backseat to romance and Ephron — who always knew what she wanted and how she wanted it — ruled the roost.

    If you consider Ephron a diehard romantic, you’d be mistaken: in fact, the woman pulling the heart-strings wasn’t always drinking the cherry-flavored Kool-Aid. So how did the writer-director regain faith in the L-word following one broken engagement and two failed marriages? What sparked Reiner to snap out of his bachelor blues during the making of When Harry Met Sally? Why was Ryan, a gifted ingénue who was much more than an adorable face, not the first choice for the role of Sally? Why was Hanks so reluctant to take on the role of Sleepless protagonist Sam Baldwin? And more importantly: What was Dave Chappelle doing in You’ve Got Mail … in a turtleneck?

    An intimate portrait of one of America's most iconic filmmakers and a look behind the scenes of her crowning achievements, I'll Have What She's Having is a vivid account of the days and nights when Ephron, along with assorted cynical collaborators, learned to show her heart on the screen. 

    Erin Carlson has covered the arts and entertainment industry at The Hollywood Reporter and The Associated Press in New York City. Her work has appeared in Vanity Fair, Glamour, Fortune, The Los Angeles Times and the Daily Beast.

    Jennifer Keishin Armstrong grew up in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, where she spent most of her time putting on shows in her parents’ garage, studying TV Guide, devouring Sweet Valley High books, and memorizing every note of every George Michael song. This finally came in handy when she got a job at Entertainment Weekly, where she worked for a decade. She’s now the TV columnist for BBC Culture and also writes for several other publications, including The New York Times Book Review, Fast Company, Vulture, and Billboard. She’s the author of the New York Times bestseller Seinfeldia: How the Show About Nothing Changed Everything and a history of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted. She now lives in Manhattan.

    I'll Have What She's Having: How Nora Ephron's Three Iconic Films Saved the Romantic Comedy Cover Image
    $27.00
    ISBN: 9780316353885
    Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
    Published: Hachette Books - August 29th, 2017

    A backstage look at the making of Nora Ephron's revered trilogy--When Harry Met Sally, You've Got Mail, and Sleepless in Seattle--which brought romantic comedies back to the fore, and an intimate portrait of the beloved writer/director who inspired a generation of Hollywood women, from Mindy Kaling to Lena Dunham.


    Seinfeldia: How a Show about Nothing Changed Everything Cover Image
    $16.00
    ISBN: 9781476756110
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    Published: Simon & Schuster - June 6th, 2017

    The New York Times bestseller about two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld--"A wildly entertaining must-read not only for Seinfeld fans but for anyone who wants a better understanding of how television series are made" (Booklist, starred review).