Independent filmmaker and author John Sayles will be making a special New York City appearance to sign copies of his latest book titled “A Moment In the Sun.”
Sayles is the director of almost two dozen films, including Passion Fish, City of Hope, Lone Star, The Secret of Roan Inish, and Return of the Secaucus 7. His book titles include “Dillinger in Hollywood,” “Union Dues” (nominated for National Book Award and National Critics’ Circle Award), “Pride of the Bimbos” and “Los Gusanos,” among others. Sayles is primarily a screenwriter, the author of thirty-five titles. Included in them are Passion FIsh, City of Hope, Sunshine State, Honeydripper, The Howling, Return of the Secaucus 7, and Eight Men Out.
“It makes no sense for film workers to seize the means of production unless they also
seize the means of distribution and exhibition (and get a good cut of the ancillaries.)” –John Sayles
Book Signing Event
8/16/11 7:00 PM
New York, NY.
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.
Amazon’s page for John Sayles’ “A Moment In the Sun?”