Willard Manus


Willard Manus

Willard Manus is a Los Angeles-based novelist, playwright, and journalist. His best known book is "Mott the Hoople", the novel from which the British 70s rock band took their name. He is also the author of "This Way to Paradise: Dancing on the Tables", a memoir of life in Lindos, Rhodes, Greece from the 1960s to the 1990s. While in Lindos he spent a good deal of time free diving and spearfishing, at which he was expert.

In addition he has had a dozen other books published, most recently a young adult novel, "A Dog Called Leka", which deals with a young lad sailing the Aegean islands in the company of an exceptional dog. Over two dozen of his plays have been produced in Los Angeles, regionally and in Europe.

Journalism

*Columns:Southern California Correspondent for Playbill On-Line (1995-2000). :Monthly columnist (theatre, opera, books, movies, jazz & blues) What's Up Magazine &, Lively-Arts.com.

Books

*Novels :"Mott the Hoople", McGraw-Hill Co & Pinnacle Books
*Fiction:"The Fighting Men", Panjandrum Books :"The Fixers", Ace Books :"Connubial Bliss", Panjandrum Books :"The Pigskin Rabbi", Breakaway Books
*Children's:"The Island Kids", Anglo-Hellenic Publishing Co (Picture Book)
*Young adult :"The Proud Rebel", Ridge Press/Teenage Book Club :"Sea Treasure", Doubleday :"Mystery of the Flooded Mine", Doubleday :"A Dog Called Leka", Viveca Smith Publishing Co
*Non-fiction:"This Way to Paradise--Dancing on the Tables", Lycabettus Press

Plays (premiered)

:"Bon Appetit" (Los Angeles, 1984, director Bert Rosario):"Diamonds" (Los Angeles, 1985, director Richmond Shepard):"Hemingway--On the Edge" (Los Angeles, 1993, director Lonny Chapman):"In My Father's House" (Los Angeles, 2000, director Jerome Guardino):"Junk Food" (Los Angeles, 1981, director Rick Edelstein):"MM at 58" (Los Angeles, 1989, director Gary Guidinger):"The Bleachers":"The Deepest Hunger" (Los Angeles, 1984, director Lonny Chapman):"The Electronic Lincoln" (Los Angeles, 1992, director Susan Deitz):"Their Finest Hour--Churchill and Murrow" (Woodstock, director Nicola Sheara):"The Kendo Master" (Los Angeles, 1981, director Sab Shimono):"The Last Laugh" (Los Angeles, 1999, director John Lant):"The Love Boutique" (Los Angeles, 1989, director Walter Olkiewicz):"The Penis Monologues" (Los Angeles, 2002, director Louis Fantasia):"The Yard":"Man in the Sun":"Porkchops":"The Call" (Los Angeles, 2006, director Gregory Crafts):"Reap the Whirlwind" (Los Angeles, 2000, director Doug Lowry):"Walt-Sweet Bird of Freedom" (Los Angeles, 1984, director Lonny Chapman)
* Actual production:"Central Avenue--The Musical" (Los Angeles, 2007, director Louis Fantasia)

Television

:"Boys Will Be Boys", Fox TV:"Secrets of Midland Heights", CBS-TV:"Shannon", CBS-TV:"Too Close For Comfort", ABC-TV

External links

* [http://blogging.la/archives/2006/08/my_name_is_leka.phtml My Name is Leka]
* [http://www.doollee.com/PlaywrightsM/ManusWillard.htm Plays by Willard Manus]
* [http://kayetrout.blogspot.com/2006/10/dog-called-leka-by-willard-manus.html Review ]


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