Books

 

Uncle Jerry To Win

 

In 1987, author Steven Kunes began his morning visits to the Alfred Coffee Shop on Melrose Place in L.A. He soon found himself seated within earshot of a regular group of aspiring young actresses...and couldn’t believe the things he overheard. It didn’t take long for Kunes to make notes of these conversations, which he did in a composition book that he carried specifically for this mission.

 

Over time, one at a time the actresses would disappear, only to be replaced by a new Hollywood arrival. When one composition book was filled, Kunes began another -- and in 1992 these journals would be packed in a box and then sit in an attic for the next 25 years.

 

When they popped up in the fall of 2017 during a move, Kunes decided to fashion a narrative from some of what was documented, and “Uncle Jerry to Win” is a result of that effort.

 

Much has changed in the last three decades, and what appears in these pages may seem of little relevance in our virtual daily lives. However, frozen moments in time are the real precious jewels in this world, according to Robert Frost. In that spirit, get ready for an interesting ride.

 

“This is an exceptional work of literature by a storyteller at the absolute top of his game.”

-- Anne Tyler

 

 

 

Four on the Floor

 

"Four on the Floor" is a collection of four stage plays by author and screenwriter Steven Kunes.

 

In "Hopeless Romantic," a famous author goes to the airport and finds himself seated beside an unknown woman who is reading his latest book. Should she speak to him? What will she say?

 

"Clock Without Hands" is the long-awaited adaptation of Carson McCullers' final novel and incorporates recently-discovered story notes given to he by best friend Tennessee Williams.

 

"Captain of a Lost Ship" tells the story of a teenage boy who offsets physical abuse and the squalor of his own family life by retreating into a fantasy world that allows him to "do what is necessary" to provide one good Christmas for him mom and siblings.

 

"Then Again" sets its sights on two lost souls, Eleanor and Ted, who heal their fractured lives by stepping into the personas of Ania and Sam -- two immigrants at the turn of the century. In so doing, they prove Winston Churchill's admonition that "...the farther we look into the past, the farther we see into the future."

 

"Each play is well-realized...intelligent, funny, poignant and stirs the imagination."

-- Terrence McNally

 

 

 

 

Pick Six: Six Screenplays

 

Written by author and screenwriter Steven Kunes over the last three decades, these six screenplays (consisting of three originals and three adaptations) were sold to the major studios but eventually landed in "turnaround" -- the term used for Hollywood hell where ninety-percent of all scripts end up. Nonetheless, these works stand out among the industry's finest motion picture scripts. One of them, "Acquitted," won the 2004 William E. Kelley Award as the best unproduced screenplay in Hollywood, and is currently included in the screenwriting curriculum at  NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.

 

“These scripts are uniquely different from each other...and each is a masterpiece in its own way.” –- Jeff Arch, screenwriter of “Sleepless In Seattle.”