book news

Vivien Leigh makes Publishers Weekly Top 10

Last week I got a pleasant surprise in my email inbox. My editor, Cindy, had written to say congratulations – Vivien Leigh: An Intimate Portrait has been included in Publishers Weekly’s Top 10 Performing Arts

Vivien Leigh An Intimate Portrait

books for Fall 2013! It took me a while to track down a copy of the article, which was included in the June 24th issue. I don’t have a subscription so couldn’t view it online, but my US publicist saved her hard copy and kindly scanned it for me. My agent said it’s quite an honor for a first book to make a list such as this, and I believe her. I’m humbled to be included amongst what looks like a fantastic group of biographies, academic studies, and other non-fiction entertainment titles, including one by TCM’s own Robert Osborne:

In other exciting book news, things are really starting to fall into place as far as promotional events are concerned. TCM has chosen Vivien Leigh: An Intimate Portrait as their Book Corner Selection for the month of October! It will be featured in the Now Playing Guide, on the TCM website, and on air during the This Month on TCM segments. Be sure to program your DVRs! Also, the launch party has been scheduled. The good people at Daunt Books in Holland Park  have agreed to host the event in mid-October. I’m really excited about it and am looking forward to seeing friends, family, and fans!

Kendra has been the weblady at since 2007. She lives in Yorkshire and is the author of Vivien Leigh: An Intimate Portrait, and co-author of Ava Gardner: A Life in Movies (Running Press). Follow her on Twitter @kendrajbean, Instagram at @vivandlarrygram, or at her official website.

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Comments (19)

    1. From the book description it looks like an academic book looking at Clift from a queer theory perspective, in which case it makes a lot of sense.

      BUT THANKS! I’m really excited about it 😀

  1. Congratulations, Kendra … you deserve every bit of this! I’m so very happy for you, and I can hardly wait until the book is released. Vanessa is right … this IS huge!! This news has made my day!


  2. dear Kendra, I’m glad that you get this gratification so early on for all your endeavour in this field, I would be proud too, congratulations. Renata

  3. I can’t even imagine how gratifying this must be after all the work that goes into writing a book. Congratulations! You couldn’t ask for a better start with your promotions.

  4. Hi, Kendra!
    As a Vivien Leigh fan I must say that all people who love her deserved this gem and her memory too.
    As a journalist and researcher on classic movies I am very pround of you for being who you are as a professional. The press needs people like you, so passionate and determined.
    I’m from Brazil but I hope to meet you some day.
    Also I have to say that here in Brazil will be very hard to get a copy of the book…and I want it so badly!!
    You did pretty good with this book!

%d bloggers like this: