Nothin’ Could Be Finah

Guerneville novelist Dorothy Allison reports that filming of her riveting and award-winning book Bastard out of Carolina –directed by Angelica Huston and starring Jennifer Jason Leigh–finished in January and the movie will likely be shown on TNT in June. Allison met with the two stars last November. “I think they might even do a good movie, but their script is very different from my book,” notes Allison in a pithy e-mail message. “Not a bad thing, just a different thing. I will be interested in seeing what comes out of all that enthusiasm and intelligence. Angelica Huston struck me as extremely smart and way beyond me in thinking through how a movie can expand on a book.”

Second Sundays

North Light Books in Santa Rosa has begun a marvelous new series of Sunday night invitational readings whereby writers may submit their work for consideration, hoping to be chosen as one of five artists each night who is given a lengthy session of reading time. Aiming to solicit the best in the county, North Light staffers have been receiving it. All readings are at 6 p.m. and are free. Writers who wish to participate are encouraged to drop off their manuscripts at the store or mail them to North Light Books, 95 Fifth St., Santa Rosa, CA 95401. 579-9000.

School News

Things have been hopping over at Sonoma State, where the Humanities Department has been sponsoring a Live Literature series of readings with prominent and up-and-coming writers. Slated for March 18 at 7:30 p.m., SSU Professor William Babula will read from his Jeremiah St. James mystery series and San Francisco writer Louis B. Jones (Easy Money) will read from his third novel, in the multipurpose room of the Student Union. Also, look for the Post-Modern Poetry Reading Series every Thursday at 4 p.m. in the Warren Auditorium. Hey, it’s all free. 664-2140.

From the Feb. 15-21, 1996 issue of the Sonoma Independent

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