Indie film director and screenwriter John Sayles will be signing copies of his epic novel, “A Moment In the Sun.”
Best know as the director of “Lone Star,” “Eight Men Out,” “Passion Fish,” and a personal favorite of mine, “The Secret of Roan Inish,” Sayles started his film career working with Roger Corman. The money he made writing scripts for Corman allowed him to fund his first film, “Return of the Secaucus 7.” The 1980 drama was made for $30 thousand. In 1983 Sayles went on to make “Baby It’s You,” starring Rosanna Arquette, and tackled lesbian themes in “Lianna.”
Sayles, who has written over 35 scripts for film and television, is also the author of of the novel “Union Dues,” depicting runaway kids and young revolutionaries in 1969 Boston. “A Moment In the Sun,” a Cervantes-length novel, hits bookshelves May 17, 2011.
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5/10/11 5:00 PM – Square Books – Courthouse Square. Oxford, MS.
5/13/11 7:00 PM – BookPeople – North Lamar Blvd. Austin, TX.
From the Publisher
It’s 1897. Gold has been discovered in the Yukon. New York is under the sway of Hearst and Pulitzer. And in a few months, an American battleship will explode in a Cuban harbor, plunging the U.S. into war. Spanning five years and half a dozen countries, this is the unforgettable story of that extraordinary moment: the turn of the twentieth century, as seen by one of the greatest storytellers of our time.
Shot through with a lyrical intensity and stunning detail that recall Doctorow and Deadwood both, A Moment in the Sun takes the whole era in its sights—from the white-racist coup in Wilmington, North Carolina to the bloody dawn of U.S. interventionism in the Philippines. Beginning with Hod Brackenridge searching for his fortune in the North, and hurtling forward on the voices of a breathtaking range of men and women—Royal Scott, an African American infantryman whose life outside the military has been destroyed; Diosdado Concepcíon, a Filipino insurgent fighting against his country’s new colonizers; and more than a dozen others, Mark Twain and President McKinley’s assassin among them—this is a story as big as its subject: history rediscovered through the lives of the people who made it happen.