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TV producer-author Stephen J. Cannell

July 10, 2008 10:28:27 AM PDT
You might not recognize his face, but you're bound to remember the scene at the close of all of his TV shows: writer-producer Stephen J. Cannell finishing a script and ripping the page out of the typewriter with a flourish. While he's best known as the creator of the "A-Team" and "21-Jump Street," Cannell is also the best-selling author of twelve novels and winner of the Mystery Writers of America's Marlowe Lifetime Achievement Award. He's the author of the critically acclaimed Shane Scully series that includes White Sister, Cold Hit, Vertical Coffin, Hollywood Tough, The Viking Funeral, The Tin Collectors and the latest installment, Three Shirt Deal. In addition, Cannell wrote Runaway Heart, The Devil's Workshop, Riding the Snake, King Con, Final Victim, and The Plan. His latest stand-alone novel At First Sight: A Novel of Obsession hit the bookstores this week. Cannell will be signing copies of the book tonight, July 10 at 7:30 pm at the Old Orchard Barnes and Nobles store in Skokie. For information, call 847. 676-2230. You can also hear Cannell this afternoon from 4 to 5 pm on the Roe Conn Show on WLS Radio. www.wlsam.com

An Emmy award-winner and Chairman of Cannell Studios, he overcame severe dyslexia to become one of television's most prolific writers. In a highly successful career that spans three decades, he has created or co-created more than 40 shows, of which he has scripted more than 450 episodes and produced or executive produced more than 1,500 episodes. His hits include "The Rockford Files," "Greatest American Hero," "The A-Team," "Hunter," "Riptide," "Hardcastle & McCormick," "21 Jump Street," "Wiseguy," "The Commish," "Profit," "Renegade" and "Silk Stalkings."

Cannell Studios is currently producing a series of independent films including "The Poker House" directed by actress Lori Petty. Other projects in development include feature films of "The A-Team," "21 Jump Street," and "The Greatest American Hero."

Cannell is an avid spokesperson on Dyslexia and has produced a series of videos about the condition .http://www.cannell.com/dyslexia.php. He is a third generation Californian who lives in the Los Angeles area with his wife, Marcia, and their three children.

For more information, visit www.cannell.com.

MEET STEPHEN CANNELL

THURSDAY, July 10, 2008
AT 7:30 PM
Barnes and Noble
Old Orchard Center
Skokie
(847) 676-2230

AT FIRST SIGHT: A NOVEL OF OBSESSION

Meet Chick Best--a middle-aged, self-absorbed, disaffected, California dot-com millionaire. Other than his house and high-priced foreign cars, Chick's most expensive possession is his trophy wife, Evelyn. Evelyn is good at spending Chick's money, money that has pretty much run out. Another problem is his drug-addled sixteen-year-old daughter, Melissa. Though concerned about his life and family, Chick has resigned himself to a miserable state of acceptance. That is, until he, Evelyn and Melissa take a Christmas vacation in Maui. With this, Chick's life changes...

Chick experiences unrequited love at first sight when he observes Paige Ellis emerging from the hotel swimming pool. His obsession, exceeded only by his need to possess her, isn't diminished when he learns that she is happily married. Instead he befriends Paige and her near-perfect husband, Chandler. A short time later, back from Hawaii, Chick's obsession compels him to drive to Paige's house where he runs down and kills Chandler in a drugstore parking lot. But this is just the beginning of Chick's nightmare as his life spirals homicidally out of control resulting in the destruction of everything he holds dear. Will Paige learn the truth about Chick before it's too late?


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