Monday, November 17, 2014

Missing Reels: Publication and Schedule of Appearances

Updated, Nov. 22

It's publication day for the Siren’s novel, Missing Reels! This happy occasion was supposed to occur last week, but her book about lost movies apparently decided on the very Method promotional technique of getting a bit lost itself. Missing Reels is now found, however, and available at your local bookseller, and Amazon, or try Barnes and Noble, or direct from Overlook Press. It's also available for Kindle and Nook.

The Siren will be making some promotional appearances around New York City, and one in Washington, D.C. (other cities are possible, but not confirmed):

  • November 23rd, 2014: Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave. in Queens. Screening of The Awful Truth. I’ll be introducing the film and signing books in the museum store afterward.
  • December 16th, 2014: IFC Center, 323 Sixth Ave., Manhattan. Screening of The Crowd. I’ll be staying to discuss it afterward.
  • January 7th, 2015: The Strand bookstore, 828 Broadway, Manhattan. I will be part of a discussion with Matt Zoller Seitz (moderator), editor of and author of The Wes Anderson Collection; James Wolcott, cultural critic for Vanity Fair and most recently author of Critical Mass; and Anne Helen Petersen, writer at Buzzfeed and author of Scandals of Classic Hollywood.
  • January 21st, 2015: Kramerbooks, 1517 Connecticut Ave., Washington, D.C. I’ll be reading and signing copies of the book.
  • February 24th, 2015: Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard Street, Brookline, Mass. Reading and signing.
New: The Siren did a Q-and-A with her idol, the fabulous Molly Haskell, at Criterion. Love the title (not the Siren's!): "Downtown Screwball." Yup, that was life in the 1980s in New York, all right.

There is a substantial excerpt from the book at

Very nice writeup for Missing Reels in the Movie News section of the TCM website.

If you want to try before you buy, there is a lengthy excerpt from the book at The Evening Class, Michael Guillen’s very fine blog.

Raquel S. of Out of the Past is a blogging stalwart and a well-known name around these parts; the Siren’s been reading Raquel's wonderful classic-film and book posts for years now. She has a lovely review of the novel up.

And the Siren’s readers well know that Glenn Kenny is a Close Personal Friend. He has a funny, thoughtful review up at Some Came Running, along with a review of another (very different) movie-themed novel, The Absolution of Roberto Acestes Laing by Nicholas Rombes, which sounds most interesting.

The Siren discussed Missing Reels, and film preservation, at Hollywood Time Machine, the online classic-film radio show hosted by Alicia Mayer and Will McKinley. The show is available in podcast form here. Bonus: Lou Lumenick of the New York Post talks about movie history and movie rights, and the delightful Eve Golden discusses her biography of John Gilbert, which everyone should be reading.

The Siren adored Silent London's review, because it comes from a fine writer and kindred spirit, because the folks there recognize the name Mordaunt Hall, and because she did not expect to be compared to Fever Pitch.

The Siren has already gone into the writing, theme etc. of Missing Reels, so this won’t be a yammer-y post. To avoid spamming her own blog with updates, reviews, etc., the Siren is going to use this as Grand Central Station for all things Missing Reels, and update this post from time to time. (At least, until such time as she possibly gets a second website together. Which could take a while.) Also, there’s always the Siren on Twitter, @selfstyledsiren, or befriend her under her real name, Farran Smith Nehme, on Facebook. (But do drop her a line first, to let her know who you are.)

Meanwhile, now that the extensive work of launching Missing Reels has lessened, the Siren hopes to take her posting back from “where the heck have you been,” to “dependably sporadic,” as soon as possible.


Mark T Lancaster said...

Wonderful news -- after reading every word you've written online for over nine years, I am looking forward delightedly to reading your words in a book I can curl up with. Tell me a story, Siren!

Maureen said...

My book is ordered and I can't wait to receive it!! I wish I lived closer so I could attend some of these wonderful sounding events.

Ms.B. said...

I'm so excited you're coming to DC, Siren. The signing is already in my calendar.

Vanwall said...

Excellent news!

George C. Clark said...

MISSING REELS arrived from Amazon Tuesday and I finished reading it last night. Congratulations! It's a great read and I enjoyed every page. Your fiction is as entertaining and insightful as the commentary you share with us on the blog. Well done!

George C. Clark

Birgit said...

Oh I have to look out for your book! I still have a dream that I will come across a dusty old film reel in my attic and it will be one of the lost films of the 20's ..Maybe Chimes at Midnight":)

Berlinbound said...

Bravo on the publication of your novel! I have been remiss and not stopped in for a bit but was happy to see your news. I will certainly order a copy.


Maureen said...

I loved your book so much!! I am recommending it to everyone I know who love films. Just got my new EW in the mail today, congrats on the wonderful coverage and book review!

The Siren said...

Thank you, everybody! Y'all do my heart good.

mas82730 said...

'Missing Reels' (I've read it twice) begs to be filmed. And if little, tiny Lena Dunham can direct, so for sure can you, Siren. May I have the effrontery to suggest Carey Mulligan as Ceinwen and Benedict Cumberbatch as mathy Matthew? I wonder who the great Lynn Stalmaster and his company would've come up with? -- Mark

Gareth said...

I just finished this morning -- terrific fun that brightened two brutal wet-weather commutes no end. I'm hoping to attend that Brookline reading in February.

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mas82730 said...

The von Bulows' Christmas from hell, 1980

"Sunny loved Christmas. The thing you have to understand about Sunny is that she loved giving."
--'Reversal of Fortune'

Merry holidays and Happy hooha to the Siren and to Sirenistas everywhere. Sincerely, I mean that, and here's a stiff swig for international and racial amity on this wondrous/horrific planet we all so tenuously share.