Only two sleeps (and probably not a lot of tickets) left before this year's winner of the Governor General Literary Award for Fiction AND the Rogers' Writers Trust Fiction Prize will grace the stage of the John Dutton theatre. Rather than butcher Wordfest's elegant description of this exciting event (the way I butchered that first sentence), I'm just gonna use their write-up:
Tuesday, December 6
John Dutton Theatre, Calgary Public Library
Author Patrick deWitt shares from his new book, The Sisters Brothers and discusses the challenges of depicting the Old West with Hell on Wheels producer Chad Oakes.
The Sisters Brothers was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Scotiabank Giller Prize and received the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. Film rights for the novel have been sold to actor John C. Reilly’s production company, with Reilly to play one of the brothers. Reilly recently starred in Terri, a film written by deWitt.
Tickets: call the EPCOR CENTRE’s Box Office at 403.294.9494 or purchase tickets online.
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If you're like me - very interested in this author and delighted by his success but haven't had a chance to read his work - the Calgary Herald has printed a couple of great articles recently that discuss some of deWitt's influence, history, the state of Canadian literature, and top-secret plans for a film:
"SISTERS BROTHERS AUTHOR PATRICK DEWITT LETS BOOK DO THE TALKING", by Eric Volmers
And this one appeared in the latest Swerve magazine - the author discusses some of his favorite films and novels of the Western genre:
"PATRICK DEWITT'S TOP 5 WESTERNS"
For library copies of The Sisters Brothers, place a hold today. The waiting list is long, and growing, but we also have his 2009 novel, Ablutions, which is another sweet piece of cover art and sounds like a very good read...
In a famous but declining Hollywood bar works a barman. Morbidly amused by the decadent decay of his surroundings, he watches the patrons fall into their nightly oblivion, making notes for his novel. In the hope of uncovering their secrets and motives, he establishes tentative friendships with the cast of variously pathological regulars.
But as his tenure at the bar continues, he begins to serve himself more often than his customers, and the moments he lives outside the bar become more and more painful: he loses his wife, his way, himself. Trapped by his habits and his loneliness, he realizes he will not survive if he doesn't break free. And so he hatches a terrible, necessary plan of escape and his only chance for redemption.
Step into Ablutions and step behind the bar, below rock bottom, and beyond the everyday take on storytelling for a brilliant, new twist on the classic tale of addiction and its consequences.
The library also has copies of Terri, deWitt's screenplay for a film starring John C. Reilly. The story "centers on a large 15-year-old boy in a small town as he struggles to adjust to his difficult life" and comes from the producers of Half Nelson and Blue Valentine.