14 theater-related books to enjoy as fall arrives

Find a shady tree, relax in the park, or relax in a cozy cafe with these 14 theater-related reads that will transport you to fall. Below are memoirs, biographies, performance retrospectives and more that any theater lover will enjoy.

Come and listen to my life in the theaterby Martin Markinson
The longtime owner of the Little Theater (now Helen Hayes) and award-winning producer of Harvey Fierstein’s Song of the Torch Trilogy Sharing tells her inspiring story of climbing to the top of Broadway. After growing up in poverty, taking big risks and eventually selling his Main Stem venue in 2015, Mackinson’s story is a classic tale of the American Dream. (Available now by Archway Publishing)

me and the sky, by Beverly Bass
American Airlines’ first female captain (and Come from afar character) tells his story of growing up wanting to take flight in this picture book. Enjoyable for kids, Broadway aficionados and history buffs, this autobiography is for anyone looking for an uplifting and inspiring story of hard work and dedication. (Released September 10 by Alfred A. Knopf Books)

A moment on the world clockedited by David Bruin and Mélanie Joseph
This collection of stories, essays, interviews and photos examines how the Foundry Theater can influence social justice and activism. Contributing writers include Cornel West, Taylor Mac and Laura Flanders, all of whom have strong ties to the 25-year-old experimental performing arts company. (Released October 1 by Haymarket Books)

Joanne Woodward: her life and careerby Peter Shelley
Woodward is best known for her Oscar-winning performance in The Three Faces of Evebut the comedian has appeared on Broadway throughout her career, including as a stunt double in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Picnic, opposite future husband Paul Newman. One half of a Hollywood power couple whose last on-screen appearance was in 2005, this shining star is now being introduced to a new generation. (Released October 10 by McFarland Publishing)

Homework: Memory of my Hollywood yearsby Julie Andrews
Following his first memoirs, House, the Broadway and movie superstar is picking up where she left off: arriving in Hollywood. The Oscar-winning actress tells the story of her meteoric rise to fame in the film industry with all the ups (and challenges) that come with it, including starring roles in Mary Poppins and Victor/Victoria, meets her husband, director Blake Edwards, and becomes a mother. (Released October 15 of Hatchet)

The Contender: The Marlon Brando Storyby William J. Mann
One of the most famous performers of the 20th century is examined in this biography using The Godfather and At the water’s edge photos and personal writings of the star. Using Brando’s own archives, the book dives deep into every part of the actor’s life, from his childhood in Nebraska to his triumph on Broadway in A tram called Désir to his wild days in Hollywood. (Released October 15 by Harper)

Inspirational stories that make a differenceby the Loukoumi Foundation and Come from afar
In partnership with Come from afar, this collection of essays is collected from children around the world and from Gander making the world a better place, which is sure to warm the hearts of young and old alike. (Released October 22 by Hybrid Global Publishing)

Still There: The Crazy, Nervous, and Singular Life of Elaine Stritchby Alexandra Jacobs
Everyone gets up for this in-depth look at the Broadway star best known for Company, 30 Rockand her Tony-winning solo exhibition Elaine Stritch at Liberty. Stritch’s story is here in full, from his Detroit upbringing through his Broadway heyday to his late second act. (Released October 22 of Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Aloud: a memoirby Mark Morris and Wesley Stace
Growing up, Mark Morris only knew his dream of becoming a professional dancer. He did more than that after arriving in New York, including founding the Mark Morris Dance Group to create the Broadway Steps. The Capman– and here, Morris shares the life he led as one of America’s greatest contributors to dance in the modern age. (Released October 22 from Penguin Press)

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – The Journey: Behind the Scenes of the Award-Winning Stage Production, by Harry Potter Theatrical Productions and Jody Revenson
Winner of eight Olivier Awards, six Tony Awards and countless other accolades, this sequel to the Harry Potter The series is one show that fans can’t get enough of. Go behind the curtain (but not beyond the veil) with photographs, interviews, sketches, notes, and more to see how this story came to life on stage. (Released November 5 by Scholastic)

A is for Audra: Broadway’s Leading Ladies A-Zwritten by John Robert Allman and illustrated by Peter Emmerich
This illustrated guide is an introduction to the most influential female performers to ever hit the Great White Way. From Kristin Chenoweth to Patti LuPone, Bernadette Peters to Liza Minnelli, this is a book that all children (and many adults) will enjoy as they discover and fall in love with theatre. (Released November 12 by Doubleday Books)

Life isn’t everything: Mike Nichols remembered by 103 of his closest friendsby Ash Carter and Sam Kashner
The EGOT-winning director of The graduation, Angels in America, and more, had a storied career and developed many friendships along the way. Stars like Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Natalie Portman and Lorne Michaels fondly remember Nichols through this collection of essays, poems and anecdotes. (Released November 12 of Henry Holt and Company)

Carrie Fisher: A Life on the Wireby Sheila Weller
Perhaps better known as Princess Leia to some and a recovering alcoholic on Broadway to others, this look at the star’s life of stage and screen touches it all. From Fisher’s childhood in Hollywood as the daughter of Debbie Reynolds to finding her own niche in the industry, Weller paints a comprehensive portrait of the feminist artist who was taken from us too soon. (Released November 12 by Sarah Crichton Books)

Ian McKellen: A Biographyby Garry O’Connor
The star of The Lord of the Rings had a stellar stage career in the West End and on Broadway before becoming one of the most memorable fantasy characters of all time. This look at McKellen’s life is based on O’Connor’s own interviews with his lifelong friend, whom he met while they were attending Cambridge University. (Released November 26 from St. Martin’s Press)

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