Book containing writings of artist Sam Francis out Oct. 31

Left: Sam Francis, Untitled, 1982, acrylic on paper. Right: Sam Francis journal page reproduced within ‘Cobalt Blue.’ Images © 2019 Sam Francis Foundation, California/ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

GLENDALE, Calif. – The book Cobalt Blue: Writings from the papers of Sam Francis will be released Oct. 31, according to the Sam Francis Foundation. A launch for the book with readings and discussion will be held at the Artbook store at the Hauser & Wirth complex in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, Nov. 2.

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Kovels’ 2020 price guide focuses on what’s found in US homes

Kovels’ Antiques and Collectibles Price Guide 2020 by Terry Kovel and Kim Kovel, Black Dog & Leventhal, $29.99, 568 pages, ISBN: 9780762468560

NEW YORK – Containing 16,000 actual prices and 2,500 color photographs, the new edition of Kovels’ Antiques and Collectibles Price Guide 2020 (Black Dog & Leventhal) by Terry Kovel and Kim Kovel will be on bookshelves Tuesday, Sept. 24.

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In new memoir Snowden tells life story and why he leaked info

Permanent Record is a book by Edward Snowden scheduled to be published on September 17, 2019. Image courtesy of Metropolitan Books

WASHINGTON (AP) – Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has written a memoir, telling his life story in detail for the first time and explaining why he chose to risk his freedom to become perhaps the most famous whistleblower of all time.

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The Pursuit of Art chronicles Martin Gayford’s travels, encounters with artists

LONDON – Coming October 8, 2019, The Pursuit of Art recounts art critic Martin Gayford’s travels and meetings with some of the world’s greatest artists.

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Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #49 on sale now

The main cover of ‘The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide’ #49 was provided by DC Comics writer and artist Tony Daniel (Batman, Detective Comics) and features some of Batman’s most notorious villains. Image courtesy of Gemstone Publishing

TIMONIUM, Md. – The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #49 from Gemstone Publishing made its debut in comic shops across North America and in specialty shops around the world on July 17. It will reach traditional bookstores and online booksellers in less than two weeks.

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Art world meets plastic surgery in novel by Frank Strausser

‘Plastric,’ a novel by Frank Strausser. Image courtesy of Rare Bird Books

NEW YORK – The debut novel Plastic by playwright/author Frank Stausser, who gained much acclaim during the successful three-month run of his stage comedy Physcho Therapy at the Cherry Lane Theater in New York City, brings together various high-level players in the art world with the high-profile Beverly Hills plastic surgery culture in this edgy tale of psychological suspense that explores the ephemeral and diabolical world inside Hollywood as “the Capital of Good Looks.”

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Books: Foursome – Stieglitz, O’Keeffe, Strand, Salsbury

Foursome: Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O’Keeffe, Paul Strand, Rebecca Salsbury; author: Carolyn Burke. Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf

NEW YORK – It’s been almost a century since Alfred Stieglitz scandalized polite society with nude photographs of his lover and soon-to-be-wife Georgia O’Keeffe.

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Translation of Vasari’s history of Leonardo da Vinci to be published

‘The Life of Leonardo da Vinci,’ Thames & Hudson, 128 pages, 40 illus., $14.95 hardcover, ISBN: 9780500239858. Thames & Hudson image

NEW YORK – Ahead of the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death, The Life of Leonardo da Vinci, a long-awaited new translation of Giorgio Vasari’s compelling life story of one of history’s most extraordinary artists, will come out March 5.

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Books: new Overstreet reference is ultimate guide to Star Wars collectibles

HUNT VALLEY, Md. – Forty-one years ago, audiences worldwide were introduced to Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and a captivating cast of quirky characters from a distant realm that defied all imagination: George Lucas’ Star Wars galaxy. With the release of each subsequent film in the Star Wars franchise came the merchandise – action figures, vehicles, playsets, posters and scores of other products that organically formed a specialty collecting category of their own.

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Two rarely seen Hemingway stories to be published in 2019

1939 photo of Ernest Hemingway posing for a dust jacket photo taken by Lloyd Arnold for the first edition of For Whom the Bell Tolls, taken at the Sun Valley Lodge, Idaho. Public domain image

NEW YORK (AP) – Two Ernest Hemingway stories written in the mid-1950s and rarely seen since will be published next year.

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