An Illustrated History

BL Press, LLC
405 pages / 9 x 12
849 photographs


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"A meticulously detailed, anecdote-filled
urban history of Tinseltown."

Variety Review by Ted Johnson (pdf)


HOLLYWOOD, CA – “The Story of Hollywood: An Illustrated History” by Gregory Paul Williams receives a National Best Book Award 2007 for Film/TV/Radio. Illustrated with over 800 vintage images from the author’s private collection, some never-before-published, “The Story of Hollywood” takes readers on the ultimate armchair tour of one of the most famous places on earth

The National Best Book Awards are sponsored by, an online publication providing coverage for books from mainstream and independent publishers . Winners and finalists traversed the publishing landscape: Simon & Schuster, Penguin-Putnam, HarperCollins, Random House, McGraw-Hill, Houghton Mifflin Co., John Wiley & Sons & hundreds of independent titles.

It is the second award of the year for “The Story of Hollywood: An Illustrated History.” The history won a Silver Medal for Best Non-Fiction book in the Pacific Western region category at the 11th Annual Independent Publishers Book Awards in Spring 2007.


Read about “The Story of Hollywood” in
and the Winter 2007 issue of

Here are links to Blogtalkradio with Greg March 29, 2007.
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Here's the link to AirTalk with Greg December 4, 2006.
Thanks Larry Mantle and Everyone at AirTalk KPCC 89.3.

In December 2006. KCET/PBS Los Angeles, "Life & Times" featured a segment on our new book The Story of Hollywood and author Greg Williams. Special thanks to Vicki Curry, segment producer for her support and interest in the project! Also seen on Real Orange News, PBS KOCE TV / Channel 5

We presented a copy of "The Story of Hollywood" to Honorary Mayor Johnny Grant at the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce's Annual "Hollywood Expo." Johnny introduced Greg to the audience and the book was prominently featured throughout the evening. We also had active interest from the Chamber and many other businesses and individuals in attendance.

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National Best Books 2007
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An Illustrated History

by Gregory Paul Williams

"Old Hollywood through a pair of fresh eyes...."
Los Angeles Magazine, November 2006
Review by Ed Leibowitz

"Other books have traced the history of moviemaking in Los Angeles and the cultural history of Hollywood, but this ambitious and handsome new volume is the most thorough examination of the town itself I’ve ever seen."
Leonard Maltin

The Huntington Library, San Marino, California | The Seaver Center for Western History Research, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
University of California at Los Angeles, Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library | Los Angeles Public Library/ Security Pacific Collection
University of Southern California, USC Specialized Libraries and Archival Collections | Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley
California Historical Society

Silver Medal Winner
Best Regional Non-fiction
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