'Mabel and Me's' Jon Boorstin heads to L.A. Times Festival of Books

Mabel Normand, who came to fame at Mack Sennett's Keystone Studios, was one of the top comedy stars of the silent era. Besides appearing in several shorts with Charlie Chaplin and Fatty Arbuckle, Normand also wrote, produced and directed these slapstick comedies. She's the subject of "Mabel and Me," a novel about the Hollywood of 1912 written by Jon Boorstin, an Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker, screenwriter, producer and novelist ("Pay or Play"). Los Angeles Times film critic Kenneth Turan praised the book for bringing to life the golden age of silent films with "conviction and passion." Boorstin will be appearing April 13 at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on the panel "Historical Fiction: Stories From the Past." For more information go to events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks
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