05.15.11: John Sayles - A Moment in the Sun

05/15/2011 3:00 pm

"I'm interested in the stuff I do being seen as widely as possible but I'm not interested enough to lie." 

--John Sayles 
 
Meet one of the most independent voices in American cinema, the director of films including Lone StarSilver CityMatewan, and Secaucus 7.

Sayles was the original do-it-yourselfer. Even though his budgets have increased over the years - from $40,000 for Secaucus 7 to $4.5 million for Limbo (1999) - his basic MO hasn't really changed. His methodical, buccaneering approach to film has become something of a legend in the Hollywood system.

You might not know that Academy Award nominee Sayles has also been nominated for the National Book Award and received the O. Henry short story award.

He returns to Albuquerque to discuss and sign his new book A Moment in the Sun, a vast, kaleidoscopic panorama of the turn of the last century that recalls Dos Passos' USA Trilogy, Doctorow's Ragtime, and Pynchon's Against the Day.  Sayles' new film Amigocomes from the content of this book.

This mammoth book recalls E.L. Doctorow's Ragtime, Pynchon's Against the Day, and Dos Passos's USA trilogy, tracking mostly unconnected characters whose collective stories create a vast, kaleidoscopic panorama of the turn of the last century.  The inspiration for Sayles' most recent film Amigo comes from this book.

"In his most spectacular work of fiction to date, filmmaker Sayles combines wonder and outrage in a vigorous dramatization of overlooked and downright shameful aspects of turn-of-the-nineteenth-century America.... Crackling with rare historical details, spiked with caustic humor, and fueled by incandescent wrath over racism, sexism, and serial injustice against working people, Sayles' hard-driving yet penetrating and compassionate saga explicates the 'fever dream' of commerce, the crimes of war, and the dream of redemption."-Donna Seaman, Booklist

A Moment in the Sun (Hardcover)

$29.00
ISBN-13: 9781936365180
Availability: Special Order – Price & Availability May Change
Published: McSweeney's, 5/2011

Location: 
Street:
4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW
City:
Albuquerque
,
Province:
New Mexico
Postal Code:
87107-3157
Country:
United States




  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • FourSquare
  • Pinterest
  • Google Plus

Kimberley Griffiths Little, Nov. 21, 6:30 pm
Forbidden, new romance

Don Usner, Nov. 22, 3pm
Chasing Dichos, photography

Dick Bakken, Nov. 23, 3pm
Whiskey Epiphanies, poetry

Jamie Anderson, Nov. 25, 7pm
Drive All Night, the life of a touring musician

Manuel Gonzales, Nov. 26, 7pm
But My Friends Call Me Burque

Alayna Roche, Nov. 29, 10:30 am

Mark Stevens, Nov. 29, 3pm
Trapline, a new thriller

Renato Rosaldo, Dec. 1, 7pm
The Day of Shelly's Death, ethnographic poetry

Paul Citrin, Dec. 2, 7pm
Lights in the Forest, on Judaism

Brian Hendrickson, Dec. 3, 7pm
Of Small Children and Other Poor Swimmers

Darynda Jones, Dec. 5, 7pm
Seventh Grave and No Body

Jeffe Kennedy, Dec. 5, 7pm
Twelve Kingdoms: The Tears of the Rose

Kinky Friedman, Dec. 6, 7:30 pm
The Prisoner of Vandam Street
Jewish Community Center
5520 Wyoming Blvd NE
$36 Brown Paper Tickets


Richard Rohr, Dec. 7, 1pm
Eager to Love, on Francis of Assisi

Nasario Garcia, Dec. 7, 3pm
Grandma Lale's Tamales, for children


Gyasi Ross, Dec. 8, 7pm
How to Say I Love You in Indian

Terry Tempest & Brooke Williams
The Story of My Heart, Dec. 13, 7pm
ABQ Academy, 6400 Wyoming Blvd NE

John Kremer, January 10, 3pm
Book Publicity 101

Lynne Hinton, January 11, 3pm
Sister Eye, Private Eye, new mystery

Maggie Hall, January 15, 7pm
The Conspiracy of Us, new YA fiction

Philip Connors, February 19, 7pm
All the Wrong Places, a memoir

Gabrielle Zevin, February 25, 7pm
The Storied Life of AJ Fikry 

 

Hannah Nordhaus, March 12, 7pm
American Ghost, new fiction 

 

Kirstin Valdez Quade, March 25, 7pm
Night at the Fiestas, new fiction of the SW 

 

William DeBuys, April 1, 7pm
The Last Unicorn, on rare species

 

Logan Phillips, April 4, 3pm
Sonoran Strange, new poetry