(ABOVE: image via LIFE Magazine)
“If they ask me, I could write a book…”
More than a few books have been written about Frank Sinatra over the years. Some have been less than flattering, while others stand up to scrutiny from all (most) sides.
Just before the celebration of Sinatra’s 100th birthday, Little City Books (100 Bloomfield Street) held a forum that welcomed the legendary Pete Hamill (Why Sinatra Matters; Little, Brown and Company), biographer James Kaplan (Frank: The Voice and Sinatra: The Chairman;Random House) and writer Will Friedwald for a roundtable discussion of Frank’s life, moderated by Bob Santelli, Executive Director of the Grammy Museum.
This weekend, Little City Books is hosting yet another jaw-dropping cultural initiative—the first-annual Hoboken Literary Weekend from April 5-7, 2019.
Featured guests will include Denis Markell, Anna Quindlen in conversation with David Levithan, spirits author Clay Risen, illustrator Nancy Carpenter,and author/illustrator Jessie Sima, author Colm Tóibín, author Daniel Pink, storyteller Adam Wade, author Veronica Chambers, picture book author Mahogany L. Browne and illustrator/author Floyd Cooper, Finn and Michael Buckley, Soman Chainani with Raakhee Mirchandani, poet Paul Muldoon with his band ROGUE OLIPHANT (including Sim Cain, Chris Harford, David Mansfield, Cait O’Riordan, Warren Zanes).
Visit Little City Books to find out more information.
“I Could Write A Book” written for the 1940 Broadway musical Pal Joey, by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. It was recorded by Frank Sinatra for Columbia Records in 1952.
In Frank: The Voice, biographer James Kaplan writes “…’I Could Write A Book’ marked a new artistic peak. Singing with beautiful simplicity and perfect diction, Frank sounded like the artist he was fated to become after he had crossed the valley of the shadow of death. He made a great song sound so believably brand-new… it practically glistened with dew.”
“And the simple secret of the plot
Is just to tell them that I love you, a lot
Then the world discovers as my book ends
How to make two lovers of friends…”