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Glenn Frankel


Mr. Frankel is appearing courtesy of Bloomsbury - Macmillan

Glenn Frankel is an author and journalist, based in Arlington Virginia. His most recent position was director of the School of Journalism and G.B. Dealey Regents Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, and he also spent four years as a visiting journalism professor at Stanford University. He was a longtime Washington Post reporter, editor and bureau chief in London, Southern Africa and Jerusalem, where he won the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for “balanced and sensitive reporting” of Israel and the first Palestinian uprising. He also served as editor of the Washington Post Magazine. His most recent book is “High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic.” His first book, “Beyond the Promised Land: Jews and Arabs on the Hard Road to a New Israel,” won the National Jewish Book Award. His second, “Rivonia’s Children: Three Families and the Cost of Conscience in White South Africa,” was a finalist for the Alan Paton Award, South Africa’s most prestigious literary prize. His third, “The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend,” published by Bloomsbury in 2013, was a New York Times and Los Angeles Times bestseller.

Frankel's latest book is, "High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic."

It's one of the most revered movies of Hollywood's golden era. Starring screen legend Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly in her first significant film role, High Noon was shot on a lean budget over just thirty-two days but achieved instant box-office and critical success. It won four Academy Awards in 1953, including a best actor win for Cooper. And it became a cultural touchstone, often cited by politicians as a favorite film, celebrating moral fortitude.

Yet what has been often overlooked is that High Noon was made during the height of the Hollywood blacklist, a time of political inquisition and personal betrayal. In the middle of the film shoot, screenwriter Carl Foreman was forced to testify before the House Committee on Un-American Activities about his former membership in the Communist Party. Refusing to name names, he was eventually blacklisted and fled the United States. (His co-authored screenplay for another classic, The Bridge on the River Kwai, went uncredited in 1957.) Examined in light of Foreman's testimony, High Noon's emphasis on courage and loyalty takes on deeper meaning and importance.

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Scheduled events:
Hot Off the Press
Open to Friends of the Festival - by invitation only. Meet marvelous authors releasing new books the week of the Tucson Book Festival! Authors will sign their books for you inside the Student Union South Ballroom. Please Note: Several of the new titles have publication dates in mid-March. The publishers are working to get the books to Tucson early, for this event!

Student Union South Ballroom (Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 8:30 am - 9:30 am
Multigenre

Panelists: Amy Dickinson, Amy Engel, Glenn Frankel, J. A. Jance, Christina Baker Kline, Victor Lodato, V. E. Schwab, Samantha Shannon, Joel Shurkin, Maggie Stiefvater
The Mythic West
How history becomes part of popular culture through the stories of Dodge City, the wickedest town in the West; the making of the movie classic High Noon; and how Western Ways films helped create the Southwest's regional identity.

Integrated Learning Center Room 130 (Seats 143, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
History / Biography
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Tom Clavin, Glenn Frankel, Jennifer Jenkins
Moderator: Herb Stratford
Writing Popular History
Best-selling authors explain the craft of writing (and filming) history for broad audiences.

UA BookStore (Seats 100)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
History / Biography
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Glenn Frankel, Stephen Harrigan, Paul Andrew Hutton, Hampton Sides
Moderator: Bruce Dinges

Books:
High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic
History / Biography
Bloomsbury
February 2017
ISBN 9781620409480
Hardcover, 384 pages
$28.00, INSTORE
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It's one of the most revered movies of Hollywood's golden era. Starring screen legend Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly in her first significant film role, High Noon was shot on a lean budget over just thirty-two days but achieved instant box-office and critical success. More/less

The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend
History / Biography
Bloomsbury
February 2014
ISBN 9781620400654
Paperback, 432 pages
$18.00, INSTORE
Buy now

In 1836 in East Texas, nine-year-old Cynthia Ann Parker was kidnapped by Comanches. More/less

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