There's a book signing 5pm Saturday for The Life of Forry, by Deborah Painter, at Larry Edmunds Bookshop, 6644 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90028.
The Life of Forry tells the story of sci-fi giant Forrest J Ackerman (1916-2008).
From the release:
(Ackerman) was an author, archivist, agent, actor, promoter, and editor of the iconic fan magazine Famous Monsters of Filmland; a founder of science fiction fandom; and one of the world’s foremost collectors of science fiction, horror and fantasy films, literature, and memorabilia. This biography begins with a foreword by Joe Moe, Ackerman’s caregiver and close friend since 1982. It documents Ackerman’s lifelong dedication to his work in both literature and film; his interests, travels, relationships and associations with famous personalities; and his lasting impact on popular culture. Primary research material includes letters given by Ackerman to the author during their long friendship, and numerous reminiscences from Ackerman’s friends, fans and colleagues.
Off-Ramp went to Ackerman's wonderful tribute at the Egyptian Theatre in March 2009. Here's the piece we ran then, which includes stories from Bradbury and Landis -- and Ackerman himself, saying goodbye to his fans.
Ray Harryhausen, Ackerman, and Bradbury at Cliftons, in younger years. (LAPL/Gary Leonard)