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Henry Darrow and Emma Straub discuss the Hollywood dream

September 11, 2012|By Liesl Bradner
  • Henry Darrow as Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (or Miguel Cervantes) in "That Certain Cervantes."
Henry Darrow as Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (or Miguel Cervantes) in "That… (Dan Smith / Patty Onagan…)

As one of the first Latino actors to appear as a series regular in a popular television series, Henry Darrow may be best remembered for his role as Manolito Montoya in the 1960s western "The High Chaparral," as well as his countless incarnations of Zorro. He will be discussing his life and career as penned in his recent memoir, "Lightning in the Bottle" at the Autry National Center in Griffith Park on Saturday at 1 p.m. as part of Latino Heritage month.

The New York City-born Puerto Rican American actor won a daytime Emmy for his work on the soap "Santa Barbara" and has appeared in "Bonanza," "Gunsmoke" and "Star Trek: The Next Generation". (He also portrayed "Don Quixote" author Miguel de Cervantes on stage at the El Portal Circle Theater.) Episodes of "The High Chaparral" and "Zorro" will be screening on Sunday and Saturday at the Autry.

Emma Straub's "Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures" is a fictional but familiar story of an actress from the Midwest who arrives in Hollywood with big dreams of fame and fortune. Straub, whose collection of stories on intimate relationships, "Other People We Married," was published in February, will be discussing her new book at Skylight Books on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

As always, we recommend that you check with bookstores and venues listed below for any event changes/cancellations.

9/12, 7 p.m.: Maria Semple discusses and signs "Where’d You Go, Bernadette." Barnes & Noble at the Grove at Farmers Market

9/12, 7 p.m.: Kathy Reichs discusses and signs "Bones Are Forever." Vroman's

9/12, 7:30 p.m.: Emma Straub reads and signs her novel “Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures.” Skylight Books

 9/13, 7 p.m.: Dwyane Wade discusses “A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger Than Basketball," Barnes & Noble, the Grove at Farmers Market

 9/13, 7:30 p.m. Writer’s Bloc presents Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Diaz ("This Is How You Lose Her") with “Stuff White People Like's” Christian Lander. Los Angeles Theater Center

9/14, 7 p.m. 826LA & McSweeney's host a release party for "Between Heaven and Here: A Novel" by Susan Straight, Echo Park Time Travel Mart.

9/15, 1-3 p.m: Latino Heritage Month at the Autry National Center presents Book Talk with actor Henry Darrow discussing his life and career chronicled in his book “Henry Darrow: Lightning in the Bottle.”

9/15, 5 p.m.: Ruben Martinez discusses and signs his book “Desert America: Boom and Bust in the New 'New West.' " Skylight Books

 9/15, 7:15 p.m.: The L.A. Central Library’s Aloud Series presents former U.S. poet laureate Robert Hass in conversation with Carol Muske Dukes.

09/16, 4 p.m.: Spence Quinn discusses and signs ”A Fistful of Collars: A Chet & Bernie Mystery” at Vroman's.

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