IN THE WORKS
As of August 14, 2000:
- My third (published) novel, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, will be published at the end of September. Here are the confirmed dates and times, where available, for the publicity tour on which my publisher, Random House, is being so kind as to send me.
Sept. 21 Boston, MA Wordsworth Books (Cambridge) 7:00 PM Oct. 4 Sonoma, CA Reader's Books 7:30 PM Oct. 5 Menlo Park, CA Kepler's Books 7:30 PM Oct. 10 Los Angeles, CA Dutton's Books 7:00 PM Oct. 11 Seattle, WA Elliott Bay Books 7:00 PM Oct. 12 Portland, OR Powell's Books 7:00 PM Oct. 16 New York, NY Barnes & Noble (2289 Broadway) 7:00 PM Oct. 17 Philadelphia, PA Borders Books 7:00 PM Oct. 18 Washington, DC Politics & Prose 7:00 PM Oct. 19 Pittsburgh, PA Barnes & Noble (Location TBD) Time TBD Oct. 24 Minneapolis, MN Ruminator Books (St. Paul) Time TBD Oct. 25 Iowa City, IW Prairie Lights 7:00 PM Oct. 26 Austin, TX Book People 7:00 PM Nov. 11 Lafayette, CA Contra Costa Jewish Book Festival 7:00 PM (Talk) Nov. 17 Miami, FL Miami Book Fair Time and Event TBD
- Remarkably, Paramount Pictures have decided to re-release Curtis (L.A. Confidential) Hanson's fine version of my second novel, Wonder Boys, starring Michael Douglas (Grady), Frances McDormand (Sara), Robert Downey, Jr. (Crabtree), Tobey Maguire (James Leer), and Rip Torn (Q.), with a screenplay by Steven (Fabulous Baker Boys, Flesh and Bone) Kloves. The re-release date will be sometime in Oct.. The reviews were almost uniformly appreciative but the box office was lousy. The studio, to their credit, is going to give it another shot with new ads, posters, etc. There is also some idea of reminding Academy voters of the film, which flickered so briefly across the public consciousness way back in February and March. The producer is Scott (Searching for Bobby Fisher, Nobody's Fool) Rudin, the cinematographer Dante (L.A. Confidential) Spinotti, and the editor the legendary Dede (Bonnie and Clyde) Allen.
- I'm writing another pilot, this time a one-hour number for Turner Network Television. It's a show of my own creation called Telegraph Avenue. It is, or would be if produced, a contemporary drama about a pair of entangled families, one black, one white, living here in the East Bay.
- Nursery Crimes, by my wife, Ayelet Waldman, has just been published; it's a mystery novel, featuring a highly engaging sleuth named Juliet Applebaum, unquestionably the most vastly pregnant detective in the annals of crime. It's a lot of fun.
- NO LONGER IN THE WORKS: The attempt to film The Mysteries of Pittsburgh independently, with a script by Jon Sherman and Steve Chbosky and starring Jason Schwartzman in the lead role. This effort, sadly, collapsed, just when it was looking like filming might actually commence. Ah, well. Maybe someday.