10/15/16: Culver City Centennial Read – One Book, One City


After spending several months investigating books that are relevant to Culver City itself, we chose West of Sunset by best-selling author Stewart O’Nan for our Citywide Centennial Read. This is the fictionalized story of F.Scott Fitzgerald’s life while he was trying to make ends meet as a screenwriter at MGM studios, now the Sony Pictures Entertainment lot on Overland. Filled with references to the Golden Age of Hollywood, local color and the actors, movies and players of the time, this is a perfect complement to our celebration of Culver City’s Centennial.

We are planning several activities to enhance your enjoyment of the book. Among other activities, we will have a readers’ discussion at the library and one at the senior center, a historical tour of the Sony lot, and a talk by Stewart O’Nan himself at the library on Saturday morning, October 15 at 10:30 a.m. In addition, the author will be speaking to students at Culver City High School on October 14 during lunch, and to a couple of classes during the day.



10/2/16: Harbor Springs Festival of the Book


Stewart will be at the Harbor Springs Festival of the Book this weekend!

Sunday, 10/2/16
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Harbor Springs Library
206 S Spring Street
Harbor Springs, MI 49740

Fiction: A Lens on the Past
Historical events and real figures from history brought to life in novels that evoke a time and place.
Luke Davies, Stewart O’Nan, Jim Shepard

Moderator: Dan Poppick

The New York Times Book Review: Stewart O’Nan’s New Thriller Is Set in Post-World War II Jerusalem


The desperate group of four men pried loose the tracks, flagged down the train, held the engineer and passengers at gunpoint and blew the mail car to smithereens to crack the safe and make off with the payroll for the troops in town. Not Butch and Sundance, but a raid by an action cell of the Haganah, the Israeli underground resistance operating against British Mandate forces in post-World War II Jerusalem.

To Stewart O’Nan’s 15 previous, omniform novels we can now add the excellent “City of Secrets,” a little jewel, ­wonderfully sparse, moody and uneasy, reminiscent of the delicious, frayed-­collar noir of le Carré’s “The Spy Who Came In From the Cold.”


July 14, 2016 11:30am: Author Luncheon with Stewart O’Nan @ Bristol Public Library


The Friends of the Bristol Public Library invite you to a community Author Luncheon with best-selling author Stewart O’Nan, Thursday, July 14 at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 42 Century Drive, Bristol, CT. Stewart O’Nan will discuss how he came to write three books set in Connecticut (Night Country, Circus Fire and Last Night at the Lobster) and how area libraries were of help to him. Stewart will also read from his national best-selling novel, Last Night at the Lobster, based on true events in Bristol and the local area. Doors open @ 11:30 AM.


Also, in case you missed it, Last Night at the Lobster was featured on Moyers and Company: