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Get Your Greek On at My Next Alexander Payne Book Event

November 12, 2012 1 comment




I am personally inviting you to attend my next Alexander Payne book event:


Friday, Nov. 16, St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, 6:30 pm 602 Park Avenue,

George and Peggy Payne Community Center (lower level, south entrance)

I will be signing copies of “Alexander Payne: His Journey in Film – A Reporter’s Perspective 1998-2012.” 

Yummy Greek treats served.    

Come mingle with Omaha’s Greek American community and enjoy the splendor of this recently restored Byzantine-style edifice. This is the very church the filmmaker and his family belong to.  His grandfather helped found it.

will talk a bit about Payne and the book and I will personally sign copies.  

Hope to see you there.   

Here’s what others are saying about the book:

“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.”  –Ron Hull, Nebraska Educational Television, UNL emeritus professor of broadcasting, author of the new memoir, “Backstage”

“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, novelist (“True Believers”) and “Studio 360” host 

“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, national film critic and best-selling author

Buy a copy or two or three.  The book makes a great gift for the film lover in your life.

More about the book at

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

Preview the book at

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