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Alexander Payne book news

November 8, 2012 7 comments





The plaudits for my Alexander Payne book keep coming in.  First there were glowing remarks from national film critic Leonard Maltin and novelist (“True Believers”) and “Studio 360” host Kurt Andersen, and now there are these generous words from Nebraska Educational Television legend and UNL emeritus professor of broadcasting Ron Hull:

“Leo Biga, through his extraordinary talent with words, brings us a fascinating, comprehensive, insightful portrait of the work and artistry of Alexander Payne. Mr. Biga’s collection of essays document the evolution and growth of this significant American filmmaker and he includes relevant historical context of the old Hollywood and the new. His keen reporter’s eye gives the reader an exciting journey into the art of telling stories on film.”

Thank you, Ron.  By the way, his own new book, “Backstage,” is a delightful read.

In case you missed it, here’s what the earlier endorsements said:

“Alexander Payne is one of American cinema’s leading lights. How fortunate we are that Leo Biga has chronicled his rise to success so thoroughly.”  Leonard Maltin

“I’d be an Alexander Payne fan even if we didn’t share a Nebraska upbringing: he is a masterly, menschy, singular storyteller whose movies are both serious and unpretentious, delightfully funny and deeply moving.  And he’s fortunate indeed to have such a thoughtful and insightful chronicler as Leo Biga.” Kurt Andersen

The book, “Alexander Payne: His Journey in Film – A Reporter’s Perspective 1998-2012,” can be pre-ordered at

Available November 13 from and Barnes and as well as for Kindle and other e-reader devices.  

Preview the book at

Book events:

Remember to come out for my 1 pm singing at The Bookworm this Saturday, Nov. 10

If you can’t make that, come to St. John Greek Orthodox Church for my signing on Friday, Nov. 16 at 6:30 pm

Media Alert:
Indiewire will be running an exclusive on the book next week.  Watch for an announcement with details and a link.


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