Looking for Mabel Normand

Madcap Mabel Normand

Mabel with "US" 8/27/14


A Edward Moch in group at book signing


For most of my life books were ink on paper as I grew, books became light and the absent thereof on my computer screen but the style of delivery doesn't matter as much as the stories told


Over a hundred years ago; people started to tell stories by light projected on to a screen and so it was that Mack Sennett found the light in southern California just right and the “flickers” came to Edendale. 



August 7, 2014


Brent Walker understands the “MACK SENNETT FUN FACTORY” better then anyone. His imposing study of Keystone/Sennett Studio; comedies, cast and crew, has become a necessity for researchers and frankly anyone that wants to know about physical (slapstick) comedies as Mack Sennett created them. Mack made the movies and in doing so became, as he called his biography, “King of Comedy.” Brent Walker has done the nonfiction book on the beginnings of Keystone with tons of pictures.


Jon Boorstin, the remarkable writer has also written of the beginning of the Mack Sennett slapstick comedies at Keystone, by telling us of the ‘coming of age’ of Hollywood through a boy by the name of “Flicker”.  MABEL & ME” is fiction but…yet it deals artfully and truthfully with what made-up those joyful, painful, silly rumps that were relatable though the grace and impromptu pranks of Mabel Normand. Our Kevin Brownlow believes, “Boorstin captures with authenticity the language and colour of the silent film era.” Mabel is a fictional metaphor representing movies, Factual perhaps not but true nonetheless; it creates an understanding, truer then facts.


Both of these books belong in your library. We are very lucky that the Larry Edmunds Bookshop will have a joint book signing August 27 at 7:30 pm.  Brent Walker’s new edition of “Mack Sennett’s Fun Factory” released by McFarland & Company, in paperback and Jon Boorstin’s “Mabel & Me”, published by Angel City Press, should make us all happy.  Not only will there be books to buy and get signed, you can participate in a Q&A with both authors and yes maybe watch a Flicker Alley Keystone comedy.  This is a rare opportunity to compare and contrast; a fabulous time to talk of the King, the Tramp, the Clowns and Mabel too.


This books signing is the day before the beginning of Cinecon 50, which makes it a wonderful hick off to that annual event. Did you know, that Larry Edmunds Bookshop is the last independent book store on Hollywood Blvd,?



Please come 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 27 at Larry Edmunds Bookshop, 6644 Hollywood Blvd. (east of the Egyptian Theater)