Upcoming Alexander Payne Book Events




The Alexander Payne book event tour continues…

Friday, Jan. 11

7-9 pm

…with a laidback gig at 13th Street Coffee & Tea in the Old Market, 519 South 13th St.

It’s the perfect venue for all you Beats and Hipsters.  Have a cup of java as I talk about how I came to write about the filmmaker and why attention needs to be paid to him and his work.  I’ll take questions and of course I’ll sign copies of “Alexander Payne: His Journey in Film.”  The book makes a great gift and should be part of any film lover’s library.  The event starts at 7 pm.  I’ll do my last signings at 9 pm.  Join me for a night of coffee and cinema in the Old Market.

Be there or be square.




Your friendly neighborhood author-journalist-blogger discusses reporting and writing about Alexander Payne…

Thurs., Jan 17

5:30-7 pm

…at the next Omaha Press Club Professional Development Series.  The Press Club is at 1620 Dodge St., 22nd flr of the old First National Bank.

I’ve covered Payne from the start of the Oscar-winning filmmaker’s career.  My unprecedented access to Payne and his collaborators has resulted in a body of work available online.  I’ve compiled the collection into a new book, “Alexander Payne: His Journey in Film – A Reporter’s Perspective 1998-2012.”

The book is generating serious buzz, including an Indiewire exclusive in November.  National film critic Leonard Maltin offers this: “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.”

Novelist and “Studio 360” host Kurt Andersen writes: “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.”

Acclaimed actress Laura Dern, the star of Payne’s first feature, “Citizen Ruth,” offered: “Leo Biga has beautifully captured Alexander’s incredible journey in film for us all to savor.”

Hear more from me on Jan. 17.  A no-host bar with hors d’oeuvres will open at 5:30 p.m.  My presentation begins at 6 p.m., followed by open discussion and book signing at 6:30.  The cost is $10 for members and their guests, $15 for nonmembers and $5 for students. RSVP to 402-345-8008.  Hope to see you there.

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