O’Nan Reads From ‘West of Sunset’ at Point Park


This year marks the 90th anniversary of the publication of “The Great Gatsby” – the height of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s literary fame. But a new novel suggests that some of Fitzgerald’s best work came much later, at a time of loss and personal struggle.

Its author, Pittsburgh native Stewart O’Nan, will read from”West of Sunset” Wednesday evening at Point Park University, where he’s teaching a master class in fiction writing.

90.5 WESA’s Josh Raulerson spoke with O’Nan about Fitzgerald’s career as a Hollywood screenwriter during the final years of his life.


Maureen Corrigan and Stewart O’Nan on Writers on Writing


Maureen Corrigan, author and NPR book critic, talks to co-host Nicole Nelson about her latest book, So We Read On: How The Great Gatsby Came To Be And Why It Endures, as well as what some of Fitzgerald’s revisions left behind in earlier drafts of the novel, the importance of water imagery in the book, and her experience retracing some of the author’s steps. In the second half, Stewart O’Nan discusses his latest novel West of Sunset, which fictionalizes the last chapter of Fitzgerald’s life, the Hollywood years. He talks about coming late to appreciate Fitzgerald himself, what kind of research was required to immerse himself in the world of Hollywood in the late 1930s, and how his experience writing narrative nonfiction helped create a world that served both history and his character. (Broadcast date: February 25, 2015)

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Stewart on Rick Kleffel’s The Agony Column; Asheville and Savannah This Week


Read the review and listen to the podcasts of West of Sunset on Rick Kleffel’s The Agony Column!

Stewart is on the last leg of his tour — Asheville and Savannah this week:

Asheville, NC
ABA Winter Institute
The Man in Room 441: A Conversation About F. Scott Fitzgerald, With Maureen Corrigan, Stewart O’Nan, and Erik Larson
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 – 10:20am to 11:45am

Asheville has a rich literary history.  Included among the authors with ties to the city  is one of the 20th century’s greatest novelists, F. Scott Fitzgerald.  (His wife, Zelda was treated at Asheville’s Highland Hospital, a psychiatric facility.) Maureen Corrigan, author of So We Read On: How the Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures (Little, Brown) and Stewart O’Nan, author of West of Sunset (Viking, published January 2015), a novel of Fitzgerald’s last years in Hollywood, will share their insights and observations about the writer, his works, and his times. The conversation will be moderated by bestselling author Erik Larson, author of Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania (Crown, to be published in March 2015).
Heritage BR – A, B

Savannah, GA
Savannah Book Festival, 2/14/2015 4:10-5:10PM