Posts tagged “Holliday

Books to Get You in That Spooky Spirit!

We know that you’re surprised, what kind of chilling tales has SUP been hiding? If you dare, pick up one of our suggestions of the strange and paranormal. Here are a few books to get you in the spirit of Halloween, show your friends that you know the meaning of spooky!


You know the story of Dracula, but what about the vampire who inspired that blood-sucking fiend? Do you dare take on Carmila on All Hallows Eve? This classic gothic tale will have your spine tingling, and maybe even sporting a fashionable, yet protective scarf come the 31st.

under devils spell

Not interested in vampires? What about witches? Delve into the tales of witchcraft and sorcery in Renaissance Italy. Let the magic of Under the Devil’s Spell take over your mind!


Does Halloween fall on a full moon this year? The Literary Werewolf provides a little truth to the tale, these 22 stories ranging from Stephen King to Brian Stableford, will have you questioning what you know!


Vampires, wolves, and witches aren’t your thing? How about ghosts? Dive into the classic, Anna in the Afterlife, and find more than a tale of things that go bump in the night. Take a journey with Anna as she watches loved ones move on after her death, and looks back on her life with a refreshing new view.


“Falling Up” Book Signing With Thomas Holliday

The event was held at the Tattered Cover Book Store in Denver, Colorado on Feb. 22, 2013.

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Let the Author Talks Begin!

In honor of our year-long 70th Anniversary celebration, Syracuse University Press presents two author events this week.  Fall 2012 authors, Bill Rezak and Thomas Holliday will each be holding a book talk and signing for an audience of interested readers.  If you’re around the area, we invite you to attend these events, engage with our authors, and be part of the celebration!  For more information, please contact Syracuse University Press at 443-5541 or

Bill Rezak

Rezak picThe Arab and the Brit: The Last of the Welcome Immigrants

Bill Rezak was president of Alfred State College from 1993 until his retirement in 2003. He was dean of the School of Technology at Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta, Georgia. Rezak is a mechanical engineer and spent eighteen years in the design and construction of power plants before moving to higher education.

“Rezak re-creates, in novel form, detailed genealogical accounts and emigrations by his Arab and British forebears who share values of ambition, hard work, devotion to family and education.”—James A. Jacobs, author of Transgressions: A Novel

Thursday, Feb. 21 at Barnes & Noble

3454 Erie Blvd. East, Dewitt, NY at 7:00 p.m.

Thomas Holliday

Thomas Holliday author photoFalling Up: The Days and Nights of Carlisle Floyd, The Authorized Biography

Thomas Holliday has directed multiple productions of over fifty operas, operettas, and musicals in Europe and the United States. He has worked as a composer, conductor, opera educator, writer, and lecturer on operatic subjects.

“Tom Holliday’s astonishingly comprehensive biography of one of America’s preeminent composers makes great reading because it marries the private and the professional, the trials and the triumphs of a long and fascinating career.”—Hal Prince, Tony Award–winning producer and director

Friday, Feb. 22 at Tattered Cover Book Store

1628 16th Street, Denver, CO 80202 at 7:30 p.m.

In Conversation With Carlisle Floyd- Falling Up Launch

Carlisle Floyd fans will be flockingfalling up to the National Opera Center of New York, New York on January 10th to hear the legendary composer speak and join the launch of his authorized biography, Falling Up: The Days and Nights of Carlisle Floyd by Thomas Holliday.  At 7:00 PM the celebrated Carlisle Floyd will be discussing his career, past and future works, and his new biography.  Following the conversation, Floyd and author Thomas Holiday will participate in a book signing.

Falling Up: The Days and Night of Carlisle Floyd is an essential reading for opera fans and combines insights from hundreds of interviews to provide a compelling, full-length study of the modern Renaissance man.  Holliday’s book comes out this month and is available for purchase at the event, courtesy of The Julliard store, or at the Syracuse University Press website.

The National Opera Center event is open to the public, but registration is required.  Visit Opera America for more information and to register.  If you are unable to attend, the event will be streamed live at Opera America.  Don’t miss the opportunity to celebrate the life of the greatest living opera composer!

For upcoming Thomas Holliday book readings/signings, see the Events page.

Author Spotlight: Thomas Holliday

Book: Falling Up: The Days and Nights of Carlisle Floyd, The Authorized Biography

Thomas Holliday has directed multiple productions of over fifty operas, operettas, and musicals in Europe and the United States. He has worked as a composer, conductor, opera educator, writer, and lecturer on operatic subjects. His book Falling Up: The Days and Nights of Carlisle Floyd, The Authorized Biography will be published in the fall.

On the Nightstand Now:

“Jan Wallentin: Strindberg’s Star. Intriguing but chaotic, and not very elegantly translated; but l’ll read most anything about the inexplicable and clinically insane Nazis, especially the Holocaust, about which I mean to write one of these days.”

On the Office Floor:

“(don’t even ask about the shelves) Fiction: Andrew Miller: Pure, Chris Pavone: The Expats, Patricia Highsmith: Ripley Under Water, Strangers on a Train, The Price of Salt (I’ve already read all the other wonderfully creepy Ripley books).

Nonfiction: Christoph Wolff: Mozart at the Gateway to his Fortune, Erik Larson: In the Garden of Beasts, Nicholas Delbanco: Lastingness: The Art of Old Age, The Autobiography of Mark Twain, V. 1, Glenn Watkins: The Gesualdo Hex, Stephen Greenblatt: The Swerve.”

Favorite Childhood Book:

“Holling C. Holling: Minn of the Mississippi.”

Top Five Favorite Authors:

“Hesse, Balzac, Dickens, Stephen King, Hemingway.”

Top Five I’d Like to Hang Out With:

“Pretty much the same crowd, except for Hemingway. That would just be asking for trouble; and King has sworn off the sauce. So I’d probably add someone like Michael Frayn to bring some laughter to the room or Mark Twain. And though he’s a composer, Mozart would have to be included. He’s the one I’d most like to have known; but through his music, we all do.”

Top Evangelist Book:

“Michael Pollan: The Omnivore’s Dilemma. Book I’ve bought for the cover. I honestly don’t think I’ve ever done that. Though an inveterate browser in book and record stores (or at least when we had record stores), I usually know what I’m looking for, or buy a new title or a subject in which I’m already interested.”

Book That Changed My Life:

“Hermann Hesse: Siddartha.”

Favorite Line:

“From Hesse’s diary from November 1920: ‘Concerning this day, at the top of this page from the varied pages of my life, I would like to write one word, a word like ‘world’ or ‘sun,’ a world full of magic, sound, and fullness, fuller than full, richer than rich, a word with the meaning of complete fulfillment, complete knowledge.Then the word occurs to me… I write it in large letters at the top of this page: MOZART. It means: the world makes sense, and it is perceivable in the likeness of music.’”

Book You Most Want to Read Again for the First Time:

“T.H. White: The Once and Future King.”

Questions Inspired by the “Book Brahmin” series on Shelf Awareness.