Author William J. Mann will discuss and sign his new book, “Hello Gorgeous: Becoming Barbra Streisand,” at the Palm Springs Public Library today.
It is one of Mann’s first speaking engagements in support of the book, which was released on Oct. 9. He will also discuss his other works and “share about his writing process,” library spokeswoman Julie Warren said.
Mann has written five books on Hollywood film history — “How To Be A Movie Star: Elizabeth Taylor in Hollywood,” “Kate: The Woman Who Was Hepburn,” “Wisecracker: The Life and Times of William Haines,” “Behind the Screen: How Gays and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood” and “Edge of Midnight: The Life of John Schlesinger.” Mann has also written five novels.
Mann, who lives in Massachusetts, worked briefly in Washington, D.C., as a Capitol Hill aide before earning his master’s degree at Wesleyan
University. He worked as a journalist for several publications, then at Metroline, a news magazine serving Connecticut and Massachusetts, from 1992 to 1995.
The talk is free and will be given in the library’s Learning Center.