An Evening with Margaret Talbot

featuring a discussion of

The Entertainer:
Movies, Magic, and My Father's Twentieth Century

Ms. Talbot's talk will be followed by a screening of the film Three on a Match.

$10 tickets are on sale now

This event includes a book signing

Date

Dec
5
Wednesday
December 5, 2012
7:00 PM

Location

Brattle Theatre
40 Brattle St., Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

$10.00 - On Sale Now

Harvard Book Store is pleased to welcome New Yorker staff writer MARGARET TALBOT for a reading of her biography, The Entertainer: Movies, Magic, and My Father's Twentieth Century. After Ms. Talbot's presentation, the Brattle will screen one of Lyle Talbot's films, Three on a Match.

Using the life and career of her father, an early Hollywood actor, Margaret Talbot tells the thrilling story of the rise of popular culture through a transfixing personal lens. The arc of Lyle Talbot’s career is in fact the story of American entertainment. Born in 1902, Lyle left his home in small-town Nebraska in 1918 to join a traveling carnival. From there he became a magician’s assistant, an actor in a traveling theater troupe, a romantic lead in early talkies, then an actor in major Warner Bros. pictures with stars such as Humphrey Bogart and Carole Lombard, then an actor in cult B movies, and finally a part of the advent of television, with regular roles on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet and Leave It to Beaver. Ultimately, his career spanned the entire trajectory of the industry. 

In her impeccably researched narrative—a charmed combination of Hollywood history, social history, and family memoir—Margaret Talbot conjures warmth and nostalgia for those earlier eras of ’10s and ’20s small-town America, ’30s and ’40s Hollywood. She transports us to an alluring time, simpler but also exciting, and illustrates the changing face of her father’s America, all while telling the story of mass entertainment across the first half of the twentieth century.

Margaret Talbot
Margaret Talbot

Margaret Talbot

Margaret Talbot has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 2003. Previously, she was a contributing writer at The New York Times Magazine and an editor at The New Republic. She lives in Washington, D.C.

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Brattle Theatre
40 Brattle St., Cambridge, MA 02138

Walking from the Harvard Square T station: 10 minutes

As you exit the station, cross Mass. Ave. and look for the newsstand Crimson Corner on the right side of the street and Curious George book shop on the left side of the street. Keeping the newsstand to your right, proceed along Brattle St. (you will pass the restaurant Tory Row). Follow Brattle St. as it curves to the right in Brattle Square (follow the sidewalk on the right side of the street). The Brattle will be on the left-hand side of the street. The building is shared with Algiers Cafe and Alden & Harlow Restaurant, and the theatre entrance is on the left side of the building—look for the sidewalk poster case and marquee.

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