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James Franco - Author

About the Author

As an actor James Franco won the Golden Globe award for his portrayal of James Dean in a tv bio-pic of the actor's life and has appeared in such diverse films as Pineapple Express and Milk; he plays the lead in Danny Boyle's new film 127 Hours and portrays Allen Ginsburg in Howl; he has collaborated with an artist called Carter in a conceptual film piece and has shown his work at the Dietch Projects in New York; over the course of the last two years he has been awarded degrees in English Literature from UCLA, in Creative Writing from Columbia, in Film-making from NYU and has been accepted in the English Literature PhD program at Yale.

Featured books by James Franco

Actors Anonymous

Actors Anonymous

Author: James Franco Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/10/2013

Inspired by Alcoholics Anonymous' 12 Steps and 12 Traditions, Actors Anonymous is a dark, genre-bending work that mixes memoir and pure invention in an audacious examination of celebrity, acting and the making of fiction. Actors Anonymous is unsettling, funny and personal - a series of stories told in many forms: a McDonald's drive-thru operator who spends his shift trying on accents; an ex-child star recalling a massive beachside bacchanal; hospital volunteers putting a camera in the hands of a patient obsessed with horror films; a vampire-flick starlet who discovers a cryptic book written by a famous actor, who may have killed his father and gone on the run. The book contains profound insights into the nature and purpose of acting. Franco mercilessly turns his 'James Franco' persona inside out while, at the same time, providing a fascinating meditation on his art, along with nightmarish tales of excess. 'Hollywood has always been a private club,' he writes. 'I open the gates. I say welcome. I say, Look inside.' Franco's writing is vivid and disturbing, but what distinguishes his work is the great compassion he extends towards his characters, who he presents in all their raw humanity, while at the same time providing insight into their deeper selves.

Palo Alto

Palo Alto

Author: James Franco Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/08/2011

Palo Alto is the debut of a powerful new literary voice. Franco presents his characters in all their raw humanity, while at the same time providing insight into the teenage mind. In the classic American tradition of story-cycles such as Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio, Palo Alto presents a stark, vivid, disturbing, but, above all, compassionate portrait of lives on the rough fringes of youth.

Other books by James Franco

Straight James / Gay James

Straight James / Gay James

Author: James Franco Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/12/2015

Actors Anonymous

Actors Anonymous

Author: James Franco Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2015

Hollywood has always been a private club. I open the gates. I say welcome. I say, look inside. Inspired by Alcoholics Anonymous's 12 Steps and 12 Traditions, James Franco's Actors Anonymous is a dark, genre-bending work that mixes memoir and pure invention in an examination of celebrity, acting and the making of fiction. A series of stories told in many forms, Actors Anonymous provides a fascinating meditation on the art of Hollywood, along with nightmarish tales of excess.

Hollywood Dreaming Stories, Pictures, and Poems

Hollywood Dreaming Stories, Pictures, and Poems

Author: James Franco Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/09/2014

A California Childhood

A California Childhood

Author: James Franco Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/08/2014

Directing Herbert White

Directing Herbert White

Author: James Franco Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/07/2014

In Directing Herbert White James Franco writes about making a film of Frank Bidart's poem, Herbert White. Though the main character, Herbert White, is a necrophiliac and a killer, the poem - and the film - are an expression of life's isolation and loneliness. A poem became a film. In the rest of book, Franco uses poems to express what he feels about film: about acting; about the actors he admires - James Dean, Marlon Brando, Sean Penn; about the cult of celebrity and his struggles with it; about his teenage years in Palo Alto, and about mortality prompted by the death of his father. These preoccupations are handled with a simplicity and directness that recalls the work of Frank O'Hara.

Actors Anonymous

Actors Anonymous

Author: James Franco Format: eBook Release Date: 15/10/2013

Now Nominated for a 2015 Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word AlbumThe actors in James Francos brilliant debut novel include a McDonalds drive-thru operator who spends his shift trying on accents; an ex-child star recalling a massive beachside bacchanal; hospital volunteers and Midwestern transplants; a vampire flick starlet who discovers a cryptic book written by a famous actor gone AWOL; and the ghost of River Phoenix. Then theres Franco himself, who prowls backstage, peering out between the linesbefore taking the stage with fascinating meditations on his art, along with nightmarish tales of excess. Hollywood has always been a private club, he writes. I open the gates. I say welcome. I say, Look inside.Told in a dizzying array of stylesfrom lyric essays and disarming testimonials to hilariously rambling text messages and ghostly footnotesand loosely modeled on Alcoholics Anonymouss Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, Actors Anonymous is an intense, wild ride into the dark heart of celebrity.

James Franco The Dangerous Book Four Boys

James Franco The Dangerous Book Four Boys

Author: James Franco Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/04/2012

Considered one of the finest actors of his generation, James Franco is also a multitalented writer and visual artist. Drawing from his experience in film and television work, Franco has produced a visually exciting and thought-provoking body of video works, multimedia installations, and large-scale sculptures. Drawn from the exhibition curated by Alanna Heiss and organized by the Clocktower Gallery, James Franco: The Dangerous Book Four Boys explores themes of childhood and nostalgia, games and destruction. Each experimental film, suite of drawings, and raw, childlike construction is presented as a window into the artist s mind. This dense and often diaristic survey reflects Franco s interest in the contemporary American landscape of adolescence and young adulthood.

Palo Alto

Palo Alto

Author: James Franco Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/08/2011

Palo Alto is the debut of a powerful new literary voice. Franco presents his characters in all their raw humanity, while at the same time providing insight into the teenage mind. In the classic American tradition of story-cycles such as Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio, Palo Alto presents a stark, vivid, disturbing, but, above all, compassionate portrait of lives on the rough fringes of youth.

Palo Alto

Palo Alto

Author: James Franco Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/01/2011

Palo Alto is the debut of a powerful new literary voice. Written with an immediacy and sense of place Palo Alto traces the lives of an extended group of teenagers as they experiment with vices of all kinds, struggle with their families and one another, and succumb to self-destructive, often heartless nihilism. Franco presents his characters in all their raw humanity, while at the same time providing insight into the teenage mind. In the classic American tradition of story-cycles such as Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio, Palo Alto presents a stark, vivid, disturbing, but, above all, compassionate portrait of lives on the rough fringes of youth.

Palo Alto

Palo Alto

Author: James Franco Format: eBook Release Date: 19/10/2010

A fiercely vivid collection of stories about troubled California teenagers and misfits--violent and harrowing, from the astonishingly talented actor and artist James Franco.Palo Alto is the debut of a surprising and powerful new literary voice. Written with an immediate sense of place--claustrophobic and ominous--James Franco's collection traces the lives of an extended group of teenagers as they experiment with vices of all kinds, struggle with their families and one another, and succumb to self-destructive, often heartless nihilism. In "e;Lockheed"e; a young woman's summer--spent working a dull internship--is suddenly upended by a spectacular incident of violence at a house party. In "e;American History"e; a high school freshman attempts to impress a girl during a classroom skit with a realistic portrayal of a slave owneronly to have his feigned bigotry avenged. In "e;I Could Kill Someone,"e; a lonely teenager buys a gun with the aim of killing his high school tormentor, but begins to wonder about his bully's own inner life. These linked stories, stark, vivid, and disturbing, are a compelling portrait of lives on the rough fringes of youth.