French Flair, ep #308, Book Case TV

Episode #308                           “French Flair”

Broadcasting Oct 28, 2013 at 9:30 pm on NYC Life, channel 25

In this episode, Frank Debonair gets trapped in a nasty French business. He receives a phone call from the French President who laments the fact that he has lost his hat . . .  Frank promises to retrieve it.  Who could have the audacity to commit such a heinous act?  To help him with this task, Frank sends a Private Book Investigator to question the following French related suspects:


The PBI interviews: Antoine Laurain, “The President’s Hat,” a book about the ordeal of the president’s hat; James MacNamus, “Black Venus,” a fictional rendition of the life of Charles Baudelaire’s muse; and Christopher Launois, “L’Americain,” a book about his father, fame post world war II photographer, and French born, John Launois.

The Book World segment goes into depth at Mysterious Bookshop, down in Tribeca, and our host talks with Ian Kern too see what he is hiding from the public.

In the Pick of the Week: “Mastering the Art of French Eating,” by Ann Mah, “The Suicide Shop” by Jean Teulé, and “Where Tigers are at Home” Jean Marie Blas De Robles take the center stage.

The Book Case Team

Book Case Engine Releases Tanker 10, by Jonathan Curelop

Oct 24th, 2013. Book Case announces the release of its first Young Adult, New Adult fiction novel.

Tanker 10, written by Jonathan Curelop is a compelling and timely story about the love of baseball, and being bullied and overweight. Tanker 10 opens in Brockton, MA, in 1976, where bashful and overweight 10-year-old Jimmy just wants to read his books and toss the ball with his best friend Ben. Unfortunately, Jimmy is an entertaining victim for his older brother Cliff and his buddies,. When Jimmy tries to stand up to Cliff, the verbal abuse turns physical and an accident sends Jimmy to the hospital with an injury that changes the trajectory of his life.

Tanker10smallTanker 10 depicts the story of Jimmy during his pre-teen and teenage years as he struggles to mend his physical and psychological injuries. Finding salvation through baseball, he dedicates himself to a strict regimen, taking him from intramurals baseball to Little League. By the time he reaches high school, Jimmy is no longer the fat kid throwing a ball against a wall but an up-and-coming right fielder on the freshman baseball team. Yet despite his successful recovery, Jimmy remains ill at ease with himself. He longs for emotional and physical intimacy and grapples with finding his place in his family, among his friends, and with his brother Cliff.

Jonathan Curelop, a lifelong baseball fan who was bullied as a child for being overweight, has written a poignant fictional account of a character in search of himself. His debut novel, Tanker 10, is a funny and heart-wrenching coming-of-age journey toward self-acceptance in the wake of trauma. Centered around baseball, the story deals with the serious ramifications of identity and acceptance.

Visit Jonathan’s page for more info.

More Thrills Than Frills, Ep #307

Episode #307  “More Thrills than Frills” 10-21-13, on NYC LIFE, channel 25, at 9:30 pm.

Dear Audience,

We are back with a new pack of six exciting episodes.  We had to take some time off to work on our new series, the Book Case Literary Salon, which we are currently shooting.


In tonight episode, we give the stage to women crime writers.  Frank Debonair introduce them as the next best things since Agatha Christie.  Recorded at Thriller Fest, 2013, you will meet Gayle Lynds, the co-founder of ITW, Heather Graham, Meg Gardiner, and Laura Caldwell.


For the Pick of the Week, we felt obligated to stay on theme with honoring all these hard at work female authors to promote some of the most intriguing releases this Fall.  These books are “Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives, edited by Sarah Weinman”; “Seduction,” by M.J. Rose; “The Husband’s Secret,” by Liane Moriarty, and “The Thinking Guide to Real Magic,” by Emily Croy Barker.