From Germany’s Southwest Deutschland Public TV, Westlich des Sunset (West of Sunset) was chosen as their #1 recommended book for June! Great timing, as Stewart will be heading back out to Europe for West of Sunset. European fans can catch him at cities such as Salzburg and Stuttgart in the coming weeks. Here’s a great photo of German writer and actor Joachim Meyerhoff reading a copy of Westlich des Sunset!
West of Sunset Paperback Tour
Barnes & Noble, The Waterfront, 7 pm
Chapel Hill, NC
Flyleaf Books, 7 pm
Southern Pines, NC
The Country Bookshop, 2 pm
A Capella Books, 7 pm
The Booksellers at Laurelwood (held at Crosstown Arts Story Booth), 6:30 pm
Read It & Eat/Page & Palette, 1 pm
Vero Beach, FL
The Vero Beach Book Center, 6 pm
Sat 1/16 – Sat 1/23
St. Petersburg, FL
Writers in Paradise Conference, Eckerd College
– Fri 1/22 reading at 8 pm with Andre Dubus III
Penguin Bookshop, 6:30 pm
Watermark Books & Café, 6 pm
St. Louis, MO
St. Louis County Library, 7 pm
The Tattered Cover (Colfax), 7 pm
A reminder that Stewart will be at the 19th Annual F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival! He’s the Keynote Speaker and will be on a variety of panels.
Also, on Friday 10/9/2015, there will be Readings in Tribute to Richard Ford — “Four distinguished contemporary fiction writers will read selections from their work as their tribute to Fitzgerald Award honoree Richard Ford.” The lineup:
Robert Olen Butler
In the Chicago Tribune:
Hollywood doesn’t have a benevolent reputation when it comes to nurturing novelists, but F. Scott Fitzgerald, it seems, had little grounds for complaint.
In fact, the down-on-his-luck writer used the opportunity to work as a highly paid day laborer on screenplays including “Gone with the Wind” to rejuvenate himself personally and professionally before his sudden death at the age of 44. Those rewarding final years in Hollywood are the subject of Stewart O’Nan’s 14th novel “West of Sunset” and appearance March 21 at novelist Elizabeth Berg’s Writing Matters event at the Hemingway Museum in Oak Park.
We caught up with O’Nan for a few quick questions about Fitzgerald, “West of Sunset” and his admiration for people who react to dire circumstances with resilience and endurance.
And a reminder:
Author Stewart O’Nan discusses his novel ‘West of Sunset’
7 p.m. March 21
Hemingway Museum, 200 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park
“An Evening With Stewart O’Nan” will be held March 24 at 7 p.m. in the Mellon Middle School as part of Mt. Lebanon Public Library’s Joseph Wertheim Memorial Author Lecture Series. It’s free. No registration necessary.
Do you read the reviews or your books — good or bad?
I’ll read them to see if they say something interesting and tell me something more about the book that I might not know. Sometimes people are pretty insightful, especially in this case for this book. I am being reviewed sometimes by people that know more about Fitzgerald than I know, which is great. I think for the Huffpo [Huffington Post] and also for the Fitzgerald Society there was a woman who is writing a nonfiction book about, I think, Scott’s time in Hollywood.
Have you found yourself embraced by the Fitzgerald fans?
Yeah, yeah very much so. I think because they are interested just the way I’m interested. I think they are fascinated. They want to get closer. I think that is always the feeling you have with someone you admire, whether that is a good instinct or a bad instinct, especially for celebrity.