ALLEN UNWIN (dist. by IPG)
Aussiewood: Australia's Leading Actors and Directors Tell How They Conquered Hollywood (Sept., $16.95) by Michaela Boland and Michael Bodey features interviews with Nicole Kidman, Naomi Watts, Hugh Jackman and more.
So You Wannabe on Reality TV (Sept., $19.95) by Jack Benza. An experienced contestant shares methods for auditioning and winning over the producers.
Haydn (Sept., $27.95) by David Hurwitz. The sixth book in the Unlocking the Masters series includes two CDs from Naxos Records.
AMERICAN UNIVERSITY IN CAIRO PRESS (dist. by IPM)
Encyclopedia of Arab Women Filmmakers (Dec., $39.95) by Rebecca Hillauer is a comprehensive resource.
Letters to a Young Artist: Straight-Up Advice on Making a Life in the Arts—For Actors, Performers, Writers, and Artists of Every Kind (Jan., $12) by Anna Deavere Smith offers inspiring insights. Author tour.
King Kong: The History of a Movie Icon from Fay Wray to Peter Jackson (Nov., $18.95) by Ray Morton chronicles the making of all seven feature films in which the great ape has starred.
AURUM PRESS (dist. by Trafalgar Square)
Film Posters of the 90s: The Essential Movies of the Decade (Oct., $30), edited by Tony Nourmand and Graham Marsh, is a treasure trove for cinephiles.
Led Zeppelin 1968—1980 (Nov., $29.95) by Keith Shadwick explores the legendary band's greatness.
Get Real (Sept., $49.95), edited by Morten Sondergaard, examines the influence on, and significance of, real-time media in art, history, theory and practice; with DVD.
Yellowbeard: The Novel, Screenplay, Photos, and Exclusive Extended Foreword (Sept., $14.95) by Graham Chapman marks the U.S. publication of Monty Python member Chapman's pirate novel, the basis for his 1983 cult film of the same name.
The Encyclopedia of Novels into Films, Second Edition (Sept.; $24.95, cloth $75) by John C. Tibbetts and James M. Welsh notes the cinematic adaptations of more than 300 novels.
CHICAGO REVIEW PRESS (dist. by IPG)
Big Star: The Short Life, Painful Death, and Unexpected Resurrection of the Kings of Power Pop (Sept., $16.95) by Rob Jovanovic chronicles the travails of the band that was, for many, the embodiment of the 1970s.
A New History of Documentary Film (Sept., $19.95) by Jack C. Ellis and Betsy McLane covers these films up through Fahrenheit 9/11.
Brown Sugar: The History of America's Black Female Superstars (Feb., $35) by Donald Bogle updates the classic celebration of "dark divas."
Dallas: The Complete Story of the World's Favorite Prime-Time Soap (Sept., $19.95) by Barbara A. Curran chronicles the TV megahit through its 13-year series run plus three made-for-TV movies.
Approaching the Possible: The World of Stargate SG-1 (Oct., $19.95) by Jo Storm features a season-by-season episode guide.
WM. B. EERDMANS
Notes on Bach, Noteson Brahmsand Notes on Mendelssohn (Oct., $10 each) by Conrad Wilson illuminate each composer's music in relation to his private life.
Stuff Happens: A Play (Oct., $13) by David Hare recounts the events leading to the American invasion of Iraq.
A Midsummer Night's Dream: Actors on Shakespeare (Dec., $12) by F. Murray Abraham. The actor shares his experiences in playing Bottom, his favorite role, in various productions.
The Declaration of Independent Filmmaking: An Insider's Guide to Making Movies Outside of Hollywood (Oct., $15) by Mark Polish et al. examines the creation of short and feature-length indies.
HARPER SAN FRANCISCO
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Nov., $19.95) by Perry Moore is a companion volume to the upcoming film. 250,000 first printing.
Desperate Housewives: Behind Closed Doors (Sept., $16.95) by Amy Sohn. What goes on behind those doors on Wisteria Lane? 100,000 first printing.
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition: The Official Companion Book (Sept., $19.95) looks at the show, profiles families who've had their homes rebuilt and more. 100,000 first printing.The Lost Chronicles: The Official Companion Book (Sept., $17.95) by Mark Cotta Vaz includes behind-the-scenes glimpses, a detailed episode guide and more. 100,000 first printing.
Little Musicals for Little Theaters (Oct., $16.95) by Denny Martin Flinn spotlights some 150 shows that are suitable for small theaters or school productions.
James Merrill: Collected Novels and Plays (Oct., $25), edited by J.D. McClatchy and Stephen Yenser, gathers Merrill's two novels and three plays.
On This Day in Black Music History (Jan., $16.95) by Jay Warner covers more than 60 years of jazz, R&B, soul and hip-hop in a day-by-day format.
HAL LEONARD/ CHERRY LANE MUSIC
Off the Rails: My Adventures in the Land of Ozz (Sept., $17.95) by Rudy Sarzo looks at Ozzy Osbourne's antics from inside the band.
Acting for Life: A Textbook on Acting (Sept., $19.95) by Jack Frakes targets high school and college drama students.
NORTHWESTERN UNIV. PRESS
Nine Parts of Desire: A Play (Oct., $14) by Heather Raffo explores the interior lives of nine Iraqi women.
OREGON STATE UNIV. PRESS
Jumptown: The Golden Years of Portland Jazz, 1942—1957 (Oct., $24.95) by Robert Dietsche explores the musical activity that exploded in Portland after WWII.
Entertainment Weekly's Great American Pop Culture Quiz (Sept., $12) by the editors of Entertainment Weeklyfeatures multiple-choice questions, challenging brainteasers and more.
Laguna Beach: The Early Years (Nov., $12) by Kathy Passero checks out the backgrounds of the characters on the popular TV show.
The Making of King Kong (Dec., $19.95) by Jenny Wake takes a behind-the-scenes look at the forthcoming remake.
Bob Marley and the Wailers: The Definitive Discography (Oct., $17.95) by Roger Steffens and Leroy Jodie Pierson compiles the recordings made by Marley, Bunny Wailer and Peter Tosh into a single discography.
Is Rock Dead? (Nov.; $19.95, cloth $85) by Kevin J. Dettmar analyzes the many ways in which the death of rock has been discussed.
SANTA MONICA PRESS (dist. by IPG)
L.A. Noir: The City as Character (Oct., $24.95) by Alain Silver and James Ursini is a guide to noir films and their California settings.
Music Lust: Recommended Listening for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason (Sept., $16.95) by Nic Harcourt points readers to the best in recorded music through more than 80 thematic lists.
Princes Amongst Men (Nov., $22) by Garth Cartwright recounts the author's travels through the Balkans in search of the great European musicians: the Roma Gypsies.
Now Playing at the Valencia: Pulitzer Prize—Winning Essays on the Movies (Nov., $14) by Stephen Hunter. The Washington Post film critic—and prolific novelist—groups numerous reviews according to genre.
SIMON SPOTLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT
The Pocket DJ (Oct., $12.95) by Sarah Lewitinn provides a list of must-have songs and shows readers how to create playlists.
Playing Comedy: A Primer (Feb., $16.95) by Jon Jory looks at leading comic actors and explores the art of comedy acting from a technical perspective.
STATE UNIV. OF NEW YORK PRESS
Rebel Without a Cause: Approaches to a Maverick Masterwork (Oct., $27.95), edited by J. David Slocum, assesses the layered meanings of this film classic.
STONE BRIDGE PRESS
The Way of Taiko (Nov., $18.95) by Heidi Varian is the first English-language guide to the world of Japanese spiritual drumming. Author tour.
Musical Europe: A Guide to the Opera, Concert Halls and Classical Music Festivals of Europe (Dec., $24.95) by Chiara Monti points the way to Europe's leading music venues.
I.B. TAURIS (dist. by Palgrave Macmillan)
Why Buffy Matters (Nov., $14.95) by Rhonda Wilcox. The woman dubbed by CNN "the mother of Buffy studies" celebrates the series.
THREE RIVERS PRESS
Spin: Original Writing on 20 Years of Alternative Music by Spin Magazine (Oct., $19.95), edited by Will Hermes and Sia Michel. Original essays trace the history of alternative rock.
THUNDERS MOUTH PRESS
Jerry Garcia: The Collected Artwork (Sept., $37.50) by Jerry Garcia assembles the first-ever collection of art by the Grateful Dead founder.
The Art of Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (Sept., $14.95) is the companion volume to the animated pair's first feature-length film, due in theaters October 7.
UNIV. OF GEORGIA PRESS
Real Punks Don't Wear Black: Music Writing (Feb., $24.95) by Frank Kogan looks at the truth about pop music.
UNIV. OF TENNESSEE PRESS
Jook Right On: Blues Stories and Blues Storytellers (Oct.; $19.95, cloth $45) by Barry Lee Pearson offers a "blues quilt" of stories told in the blues musicians' own words.
UNIV. OF TEXAS PRESS
All over the Map: True Heroes of Texas Music (Oct., $19.95) by Michael Corcoran profiles 32 pioneering Texas musicians, including Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings.
UNIV. PRESS OF FLORIDA
May O'Donnell: Modern Dance Pioneer (Oct., $21) by Marian Horosko. The story of America's modern dance movement is told through the memories of performer, teacher and choreographer O'Donnell.
UNIV. PRESS OF MISSISSIPPI
Walt Disney: Conversations (Jan.; $20, cloth $50), edited by Kathy Merlock Jackson, profiles the father of feature animation and theme parks.
WATSON-GUPTILL/ BACKSTAGE BOOKS
Performance Anxiety Workbook: A Self-Help Guide for Anyone Who Speaks, Sells, or Performs in Public (Oct., $19.95) by Eric Maisel addresses the fear of public speaking.
WATSON-GUPTILL/ BILLBOARD BOOKS
The Language of the Blues (Jan., $16.95) by Debra DeSalvo includes interviews with Dr. John, Bonnie Raitt, Jimmie Vaughn and others.
WRITERS DIGEST BOOKS
It's a Bitter Little World: The Smartest, Toughest, Nastiest Quotes from Film Noir (Oct., $14.99) by Charles Pappas collects quotes from such classics as Double Indemnity, The Maltese Falconand Taxi Driver.