Books by Tom Soter
Tom Soter is a writer, editor, and improv teacher. He has written for Entertainment Weekly, Diversion, Backstage, The New York Observer, Empire, and countless other magazines and newspapers. He was the managing editor of Firehouse magazine from 1978 to 1981, and since 1982, he has been an editor at Habitat magazine, the definitive publication for boards of cooperatives and condominiums in New York City. He currently produces and performs in the Sunday Night Improv comedy jam, which he has run since 1993, and has been teaching improv since 1987. He lives in New York City.
CAROL SCHINDLER and TOM SOTER share the lessons of improv learned during 30 years of performing and teaching improvisation. “This is a great teaching tool,” says Master Teacher Rob McCaskill. “It will remain a document of our time and will be read by actors and improvisers for decades to come!”
Original “mad man” George Soter tells the story of his event-filled life and career, starting in the mail room of a Chicago ad agency and working his way to the top of his profession as the award-winning creator of many campaigns including “You Gotta Have Park” for the Central Park Conservancy and the ground-breaking, history-making “Le Car Hot” for Renault. He reveals how a major campaign is created, and offers a blunt analysis of why the industry suffers from a lack of ideas.
Newly revised and updated! OVERHEARD ON A BUS is Tom Soter’s collection of witty, touching, perceptive, and funny reflections on people – both famous and not – he has met, places he has visited, and experiences he has had.
WOMAN IN HEELS is a new collection of personal essays, film and TV analysis, and fiction by Tom Soter, author of the critically acclaimed DISAPPEARING ACT (which KIRKUS REVIEWS called “witty and breezy) and YOU SHOULD GET A CAT (“a delight” — KIRKUS). WOMAN IN HEELS contains essays on DONALD TRUMP…
Tom Soter’s latest book, a follow-up to DISAPPEARING ACT (which KIRKUS REVIEWS called “witty, breezy, and engaging”), features a collection of nearly 40 essays. Here are quirky stories from his life (including the tales of a bogus check for $7,500 and a dead man who wouldn’t lie down), a poignant new fictional tale, and a series of rumination on the greatest science-fi writer you’ve never heard of, on a popular drug addict despised by George Bernard Shaw and admired by Franklin Roosevelt, and on James Bonds who might have been.
For boards and other interested parties: a book of essays and stories about co-op and condo living, with advice and insights about running your building from Tom Soter, editorial director of Habitat magazine.
Male-female detective pairings often exhibit offbeat, dark humor and considerable chemistry as they investigate crimes. They have proven to be both entertaining and alluring on screen and television. This work reveals an evolutionary progression in the depictions of three detective duos: the married pair Nick and Nora Charles of The Thin Man, black-humored special agents John Steed and Emma Peel of The Avengers, and finally the smoldering Mulder and Scully in The X-Files. Ten chapters offer critical analysis, rich with background information and insider observations.
Disappearing Act is a wonderful book of life stories big and small. The essays run the gamut from laugh out loud funny to deeply affecting. Tom Soter is a natural storyteller and writes on a range of themes and topics.
It’s here! The “greatest hits” collection you’ve been looking for! “Perfect for passing time on an uptown subway ride!” KIRKUS REVIEWS Enjoy the best essays from TOM SOTER’s six critically acclaimed volumes of autobiography, including two new stories!
See why KIRKUS REVIEWS called this new collection by Tom Soter (OVERHEARD ON A BUS, DRIVING ME CRAZY) “a compilation that’s as diverse and surprising as life on a New York City block…his topics range across his many interests, including the cats that he’s owned over the years, his encounters with cyclists on the streets of New York City, his love life, and his pop-culture obsessions, such as the 1960s television program Combat! The pieces differ not only in content, but in form and structure as well.
LOOK AT THEM NOW AND OTHER STORIES FROM THE GUARDIAN ERA, 1968-1975 – featuring 40 exciting mystery, science fiction, and fantasy stories from the legendary Guardian Group.
In DRIVING ME CRAZY, the follow-up to the “hilarious and heart-wrenching” OVERHEARD ON A BUS and the “funny, touching, and revealing” DISAPPEARING ACT, TOM SOTER recalls learning to drive in his 30s, talking to James Bond screenwriter TOM MANKIEWICZ about SEAN CONNERY, trying to get his father to quit smoking, shooting the long-running public access TV show VIDEOSYNCRACIES, discovering he had a sister,, discussing improv comedy with CAROL SCHINDLER, meeting the “real” GEORGE COSTANZA from SEINFELD, and facing bomb threats and angry neighbors as the president of his co-op.