“To Be, Not Be, or Be Be?” Ep# 311

Episode #11                        “To Be, not be, or Be Be?”

Tonight on NYC LIFE Broadcasting Nov 18th, 2013, at 9:30 pm

Frank Debonair addresses the current state of the nation regarding the invasion of computers, and most precisely of the digital technology, in our lives.  Being himself a man of the Sixties, he has a hard time fathoming what a computer is or even what it is for.  Nonetheless, he understands that it is a hot topic giving a wide range of social and research writers new insights and opinions about the becoming of our society.

EP311-RushkoffTo appease his concerns, you could say to gain clarity, Frank sends the PBI to interview Douglas Rushkoff, “Present Shock;”  Patricia Churchland, “Touching a Nerve,” and Jonathan Crary, “24/7.”

For the Book World, Gabriel Levinson from the Antibookclub discusses the pros and cons of micro publishing.

EP311-CraryThe POTW for this week reflects the serious tone of the episode.  Frank Debonair introduces provocative titles, such as the ones by Avi Tuschman, “Our Political Nature,” “The Value of Violence,” by Benjamin Ginsberg, “The Family,” by David Laskin, and finally Salvatore Esposito, “Abu Ghraib: after the Scandal.”

Looking forwards

The Book Case Team

Book Case Lit Salon #3, Nov 12th, at the Underground

Do not miss out tonight.  Tuesday Nov 12th, 2013. Book Case Literary Salon #3, at The Underground, 955 West End Avenue (corner with West 107th St). 212-531-4759, Subway: #1 to 103rd or 110th St. 7 pm; Ticket: Free. https://bookcasetv.com/bookcase-salon/  Book Case TV host, Frederic Colier, takes to the stage to discuss Part III of “Swimming in the Fishbowl,” an evening with authors Peter Murphy, Julie Mannix Von Zerneck and Kathy Hatfield, and Paul Lynch, who will participate in a conversation and share a thought or two about their unique books, outlook on life and creative process.

Please note the Salon will be taped for future broadcast on NYC LIFE.  By participating you accept to be on camera and possibly to appear on TV.

CoverSecretStormsIn “Secret Storms,” Julie Mannix von Zerneck and Kathy Hatfield are mother and daughter, lost and found. Their memoir narrates their extraordinary true story of how they were separated at Kathy’s birth and reunited only forty-three years later. Julie, a pregnant upper-class 19 year-old from Philadelphia is confined against her will to a state mental hospital after she refused to abort.  On April 19th 1964, she gives birth to a little girl and is forced to give her up for adoption. Julie Mannix von Zerneck worked as an actress on Broadway and TV for many years and now collects rare antic books.  Kathy Hatfield teaches high school World Literature in Florida.

THE RIVER AND ENOCH O'REILLY_lresSet in the small town of Murn, Ireland, up-and-coming literary talent, Peter Murphy’s second novel, “The River and Enoch O’Reilly tells the tale of Enoch O’Reilly, Elvis Impersonator, self-made preacher, and the nine mysterious deaths caused by the flooding of the town’s river Rua. Enoch, an ex-seminarian doesn’t believe in God but instead prays to Elvis.  Peter Murphy is a rock critic and the founder of the spoken-word music ensemble the Revelator Orchestra, based on his first novel, “John the Revelator.” His articles have appeared in Rolling Stone, The Irish Times amongst others.


RedskyMorningIn “Red Sky in the Morning,” from, first-time author Paul Lynch, is a novel which opens in1832. Coll Coyle, a new father and small farmer, has incurred the wrath of the owner of the land that he works. Events escalate. He goes on the run, pursued by the landowner’s manager, John Faller. Lynch describes Faller as the “incarnation of rational evil.” There can be no emotional engagement with him. He is a clever and deeply logical man. As the book unfolds, we see how he will utilize any circumstance to advance his cause.  Paul Lynch is from the small town of Carndonough on the Inishowen Peninsula in County Donegal, Ireland. A film critic by trade, Paul saw his first novel auctioned in the UK.

Book Case TV is a TV program airing on NYC Life, Mondays at 9:30 pm.  The program features authors from all walks of life, fiction and non-fiction, as well as personalities and stories from the publishing industry. We look forward to seeing you.

The Book Case Team

Brooklyn World of Books, EP#310

Episode #10   “Brooklyn World of Books”

Tonight on NYC LIFE, channel 25, Nov 11th,  2013

We have a great panel of guests on our program tonight.  First, Frank Debonair introduces his reasons to talk about the Book Fest, located across the East River.  Once a year, Frank admits to venture outside Manhattan to a place called Brooklyn.

Screen Shot-EP10Private Book Investigator interviews Anabel Hernandez, “Narcotic,” for her controversial investigation about the drug cartels plaguing Mexico; while Andre Aciman, “Harvard Square,” looks into the problem of identity and becoming an American;  Ayana Mathis, “The Twelve Tribes of Hattie,” tells the story of the Great Migration through the eyes of an unforgettable family (Oprah’s Book Club).

Book World: Jill Schoolman from Archipelago Books discusses the pros and cons of non-profit publishing.

Screen Shot-EP10-2POTW segment features some of the authors we did not have time to interview at the Fest: “BiblioDeath” by Andrei Codrescu.  Mircea Cartarescu, “Blinding,” Juan Gabriel Vasquez, “The Sound of Things Falling,” and Ursula DeYoung, “Shorecliff.”

The Book Case Team

Self Mirroring a Self-Image, EP #309

Episode #9                        “Self Mirroring a Self-Image”

Broadcasting Nov 4th,  2013

Frank Debonair talks about folks that self-publish their life story.  Because Frank receives so many cases, he has to be finicky about what cases he finds the most compelling.  Below is the list of the best samples he has come across over the last month.Screen Shot 2013-11-04 at 10.11.27 AM

The Private Book Investigator, Frederic Colier interviews, Grant Harper Reid, “Rhythm for Sale” about his grandfather Leonard Harper, a major show producer during the Harlem Renaissance. Missy B. Salick “Claiming Jeremiah,” talks about her ordeal with adoption, and Donna Mae Depola, “Twelve Tins,” shares a moving account of her life as a victim of incest.

Screen Shot 2013-11-04 at 10.13.10 AMBook World segment will take us to Detroit with Andrew Gulli, publisher of the Strand Mystery Magazine.  Andrew is Greek and lives in Detroit  . . . PBI talks about bankruptcy.

For the Pick of The Week, Dan Lilie, “Soccer in the weeds” kicks off the segment.  Followed by Rosalie T. Turner, “March with Me.”  Jerome Walford, “Nowhere Man: You don’t know Jack.”  Lani Hall Alpert, “Emotional Memoirs.”

The Book Case Team