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Photography book shows Hollywood stars as readers

Sep 19, 2019
Steven Rea

BELFAST — Join Left Bank Books on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. for a book signing with Steven Rea, author of “The Hollywood Book Club: Reading With the Stars.”

“Hollywood Book Club” is a unique collection of rare photographs of classic film stars — Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Gregory Peck, Humphrey Bogart and dozens more — that showcases each star with a favorite book. The photos feature the stars on sets, in films and promotional photos, or in their homes and libraries with books from from biographies to children’s books, from literary classics to thrillers.

The nearly 60 enchanting images are accompanied by lively captions, and the book itself is in a glamorous stamped case design, making it an ideal gift for book lovers and cinephiles.

Rea is the former film critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer and lives and works in Philadelphia and Maine. He keeps a collection of archival Hollywood photographs that numbers in the thousands and posts new photos several times a week at, a blog that celebrates two of his big passions: cycling and cinema.

Rea will be at the shop’s center table for this meet-and-greet, informal event. You’re welcome to stop by, meet him, and chat about films and books (what fun!), any time between 1 and 2:30 p.m. at 109 Church St. No reservations necessary.

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