Five books that open a window on the life and work of the great director.



The Art of Alfred Hitchcock:
Fifty Years of His Motion Pictures

By Donald Spoto


No other American film director has had such a solid string of critical and popular hits as Hitchcock. Spoto analyzes and shares the stories of every last Hitchcock film, from his early efforts, like The Pleasure Garden, to his glory days—the years that produced masterpieces like Rear Window, Vertigo, and The Birds—in this definitive 496-page study.



Alfred Hitchcock:
A Life in Darkness and Light

By Patrick McGilligan


To the hundreds of millions who have seen his more than 60 films, Hitchcock often seems like a man who was born as a Master of Suspense, but McGilligan shows the artist learning his eventual trade—a fascinating journey in its own right—and acquiring the peculiar skill that made his stories, time after time, come almost magically alive on the screen.



Hitchcock by Truffaut

By Francois Truffaut with Helen G. Scott


The legendary French New Wave director Francois Truffaut sat down with Hitchcock for a long, utterly remarkable conversation about each of Hitchcock's many films prior to 1967; Truffaut himself later added more to cover the older man's later career. The resulting dialogue between masters reveals not only the inner workings of Hitchcock's genius, but his sly sense of humor as well.



Portraits of Murder:
47 Short Stories Chosen by the Master of Suspense

By Alfred Hitchcock


The digest-sized Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine launched in 1956 and is still bringing the world of wannabe private eyes tales of terror and suspense on a monthly basis. These 47 stories from the publication, introduced by the suspense master himself, feature a wide variety of murderers, motives, and mental challenges.



Hitchcock Piece By Piece 

By Laurent Bouzereau


Published to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Psycho—and the 30th of the great director's death—this volume from documentarian Laurent Bouzereau brings a filmmaker's eye to Hitchcock's work. His lavishly illustrated biography (which includes removable facsimilies of letters and other memorabilia) matches each of Hitchcock's feature films with the themes that emerge from his life—resulting in the unmistakable "Hitchcock touch."


April 23: " 'A job,' the woman repeated again, smiling, as if I hadn't heard her. 'Would you like one?' "

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysely Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.

The Promise of Hope

Killed last year in the infamous terror attack at Nairobi's Westgate mall, Kofi Awoonor was a national treasure in his native Ghana.  His career began in 1964 with Rediscovery, and this magnum opus serves as a tribute to his entire long journey charting his beloved nation's course through his accomplished poetry.

Winter Mythologies and Abbots

A pair of linked stories finds that, as translator Ann Jefferson relates, "[Pierre] Michon's great theme is the precarious balance between belief and imposture, and the way the greatest aspirations can be complicated by physical desire or the equally urgent desire for what he calls glory."