After the reading, John Sayles was brief, articulate, and brilliant in talking about why he wrote the book and fielding a host of questions from the audience about the novel and about his many films. Regarding the inspiration for his film "Passion Fish," he said that Ingmar Bergman's film "Persona" combined with his time working as an orderly in a hospital both served as catalysts. He discussed the Southern setting for his film "Matewan," which seemed to be a crowd favorite, and talked about his book on the making of that film, Thinking in Pictures: The Making of the Movie Matewan. Before wrapping up the evening and signing everyone's books, Sayles discussed his method of writing versus his method of filmmaking, pointing out their distinct differences. Filmmaking, to paraphrase, is about everything that is revealed and shown to the audience while writing is everything that isn't. A Moment in the Sun is an excellent book and Publisher's Weekly says it "will stand among the finest work on [Sayles'] impressive resume." Call today for signed copies. DS
To home Tom Franklin triumphantly comes, then, with the L A Times Prize, presented by Attica Locke, who visited us in the summer of 2009 with her award winning first novel, Black Water Rising. Another winner at the Los Angeles ceremony, for the 2010 Innovator’s Award, are our friends at Powell’s Books, for “cutting edge work to bring books, publishing, and storytelling into the future.”
Hooray for Tom Franklin and Powell’s Books!
We thought about charging people for bathroom use, but that seems like making people who are thirsty pay for a glass of water, which is contrary to our fundamental beliefs. So we had a bright idea for 2011 Double Decker: charge $1 for use of our bathrooms, and all the money goes to the Oxford Boys and Girls Club.
On Saturday we will be working with Boys and Girls Club members who will be getting paid to help us monitor bathroom use. So we encourage you to visit us when you have the urge, at either Square Books or Off Square Books, enjoy our clean facilities, and donate a dollar, all the proceeds of which will go to a great organization, the Boys and Girls Club. (Jr. bathrooms will not be available for public use.)
And don't forget to get something to read before you go, because it's through the SALE OF BOOKS that we pay the water and sewer bill.
Happy Double Decker!
Don't miss Tracey Jackson this Thursday on Thacker Mountain Radio to kick off the Double Decker Arts Festival Weekend. Her book, Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Why Fifty is Not the New Thirty, is out now at Square Books.
Not since Nora Ephron's Crazy Salad (Dear Readers of a certain age will no doubt recall her insane essay "Dealing With the Er, Problem." Or maybe you won't.) can I remember a funnier, more out-front collection that rounds up and explores the universal changes that age and the new age are bringing us all. Jackson writes about motherhood, marriage, careers, bodies, medical procedures, sex, and how these things change not only in the course of our own lives but generationally, and supplies many wacky personal anecdotes; my favorite being her fantasy about Doing It with Jon Stewart, related in a discussion of masturbation after fifty. This is not one of those books that explains how to sunnily navigate menopause and other natural disasters and pretend that it's all good; Jackson tells us what we all know anyway: getting old sucks, but we might as well laugh our saggy asses off about it. Good choice for book groups. LH
Sara Foster, the owner of Foster's Market, the acclaimed gourmet stores for pick-up or eat-in in North Carolina, came to Square Books a week ago to promote her fourth (and I think best) cookbook. Sara wanted to have samples of her recipes and graciously offered to prepare them if I could find a kitchen for her. That is how I ended up cooking alongside a famous chef. As Sara's pound cake from her first book has become our family standard, I thought I'd try her Buttermilk Pound Cake with Tangy Buttermilk Glaze (p 316), while Sara and her sister effortlessly whipped up Deviled Ham Salad (p 11), Carmelized Red Onion Tarts (p 14) and Rosemary Cheese Crackers (p 8). We brought all these tasty treats to the store for the event that afternoon and enjoyed them with an Edward Sellers' Paso Robles Rhone. All was delicious and quickly gone. The Rosemary Cheese Crackers were great plain or with a little brie and a dab of pepper jelly. I wish Sara & Judy were still in my kitchen, but will think of them as I prepare Roasted Asparagus with Country Ham, Red-Eye Gravy and Poached Eggs (p 84) for Easter brunch.