Stewart talked to That Stack of Books a few days back — check out the podcast! Also, more reviews have rolled in:
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
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:
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).
Savannah Book Festival, 2/14/2015 4:10-5:10PM