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

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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.

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West of Sunset & Inspiration in Stephen King

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Two links of interest in recent news:

  1. West of Sunset was chosen as one of “6 summer novels to perfectly match your summer holiday destination” by bt.com.
  2. In TribLive, “Pittsburgh writers find inspiration in Stephen King, his works“:

“When you look back to the ’70s and a lot of what we thought were important American writers, important literary writers, some of that stuff seems kind of mannered and silly and rather dated,” says Stewart O’Nan, the Regent Square writer who has collaborated with King on two books.

“You can go back and read ‘The Stand’ or ‘The Shining,’ and they’re amazing. I go back and read those books all the time. I end up buying used paperback copies just so I can take them wherever I’m going,” he says.

West of Sunset in Germany — Best in June, Plus Upcoming European Tour

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!

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credit: Der Spiegel

West of Sunset Paperback Tour

West of Sunset Paperback Tour

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Wed 1/6
Pittsburgh/Homestead, PA
Barnes & Noble, The Waterfront, 7 pm

Fri 1/8
Chapel Hill, NC
Flyleaf Books, 7 pm

Sat 1/9
Southern Pines, NC
The Country Bookshop, 2 pm

Mon 1/11
Atlanta, GA
A Capella Books, 7 pm

Tues 1/12
Memphis, TN
The Booksellers at Laurelwood (held at Crosstown Arts Story Booth), 6:30 pm

Wed 1/13
Fairhope, AL
Read It & Eat/Page & Palette, 1 pm

Thurs 1/14
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

Mon 1/25
Sewickley, PA
Penguin Bookshop, 6:30 pm

Tues 1/26
Wichita, KS
Watermark Books & Café, 6 pm

Wed 1/27
St. Louis, MO
St. Louis County Library, 7 pm

Thurs 1/28
Denver, CO
The Tattered Cover (Colfax), 7 pm