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      September 24, 2019

      Tuesday   7:30 PM

      453 South Spring Street
      Los Angeles, California 90013

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      Generation Friends with Saul Austerlitz

      Note: Your ticket includes - and is the same price as - the book! The Last Bookstore presents Saul Austerlitz, who will be reading from his new book Generation Friends: An Inside Look at the Show That Defined a Television Era with special guests Todd Stevens and Jeff Strauss.  Learn more about the creation, decade-long run, and unprecedented afterlife of the show so successful that a quarter-century after its premiere, Netflix is still paying $100 million for one year of streaming rights.   In September 1994, six friends sat down in their favorite coffee shop and began bantering,  A quarter of a century later, new fans are still finding their way into the lives of Rachel, Ross, Joey, Chandler, Monica, and Phoebe, and through a combination of its talented creators, its intimate understanding of its youthful audience, and its reign during network television’s last moment of dominance, Friends has become the most influential and beloved show of its era.   Noted pop culture historian Saul Austerlitz is here to tell us how it happened. Utilizing exclusive interviews with creators David Crane and Marta Kauffman, executive producer Kevin Bright, director James Burrows, and many other producers, writers, and cast members, Generation Friends tells the story of Friends’ creation, its remarkable decade-long run, and its astonishing Netflix-fueled afterlife. Readers will learn how show was created and cast, written and filmed. They’ll be reminded of episodes like the one about the trivia contest, the prom video, and the London trip. And, of course, the saga of Ross and Rachel. They’ll also discover surprising details – that Monica and Joey were the show’s original romantic couple, how Danielle Steel probably saved Jennifer Aniston’s career, and why Friends is still so popular that if it was a new show, its over-the-air broadcast reruns would be the ninth-highest-rated program on TV.   The show that defined the 1990s remains wildly popular today, and has a legacy that has endured beyond wildest expectations. And in this hilarious, informative, and entertaining book, readers will now understand why.     Saul Austerlitz is the author of five books, including Sitcom: A History in 24 Episodes from I Love Lucy to Community (Chicago Review Press, 2014), Just a Shot Away: Peace, Love, and Tragedy with the Rolling Stones at Altamont (Thomas Dunne Books, 2018), and Generation Friends: An Inside Look at the Show That Defined a Television Era (Dutton, September 2019). Just a Shot Away received rave reviews, including from the New York Times Book Review, which called it “the most blisteringly impassioned music book of the season.” His work has also been published in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, and other publications. Austerlitz grew up in Los Angeles and is a graduate of Yale University (B.A. in film studies, 2001) and New York University's Tisch School of the Arts (M.A. in cinema studies, 2003). He lives with his wife and children in Brooklyn. All events are subject to cancellation, so please check back.  

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