Houston Reads: Marian Luntz

One of the joys of working in a bookstore is finding out what our friends and customers are excited about. This month, we check in with Marian Luntz, Curator of Film and Video at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston!

Before We Visit the Goddess: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476792002
Availability: UNAVAILABLE
Published: Simon & Schuster - April 19th, 2016

One of our Movies Houstonians Love presenters in Season 12 will be Chitra Divakaruni, a suggestion somewhat inspired by several of our Film Committee members who attended her recent reading at Brazos. So her book would be one (because I have been wanting to read it).

LaRose: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062277022
Availability: UNAVAILABLE
Published: Harper - May 10th, 2016

Then I’d go with the new novel by Louise Erdrich, which I also haven’t read yet. But we were dorm neighbors our freshman year at Dartmouth, and have remained in touch via a mututal friend. I am a huge fan and admirer of her work.

100 Things Astros Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die (100 Things...Fans Should Know) Cover Image
By Brian McTaggart, Craig Biggio (Foreword by)
Unavailable from Brazos Bookstore
ISBN: 9781629371962
Availability: OUT OF PRINT - Not Available for Order
Published: Triumph Books - April 1st, 2016

Next, let’s go with Brian McTaggart’s book, since I'm a huge Astros fan. I have the game they’re currently playing minimized on my computer as I write this!

Two Weeks in the Midday Sun: A Cannes Notebook Cover Image
By Roger Ebert, Martin Scorsese (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780226314433
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: University of Chicago Press - April 6th, 2016

Finally, this gem. I was fortunate enough to be at a luncheon at Cannes with his widow, Chaz, and she gifted the organizer of the lunch with a signed copy of this book.

Marian Luntz has worked in the film and media arts fields for over three decades, including positions with Kino International and the American Film Institute. As Curator of Film and Video at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston since 1990 she had overseen and programmed over 200 screenings annually. She also manages the museum’s archive and distribution of films by Robert Frank, the renowned photographer and filmmaker. She served as Director of Exhibition at the Southwest Alternate Media Project from 1983-90, and continues to serve on the selection team of the SWAMP-Houston Public Media PBS shorts showcase, The Territory. She serves the Board of Directors for the Houston Cinema Arts Society and chairs its programming committee. She is a founding member of the Houston Jewish Film Festival’s selection committee and the advisory board of the Texan-French Alliance for the Arts. Ms. Luntz is a community blogger for the Houston Chronicle under the banner, “SmArtFilm.”

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