Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Awards, John Updike, and a fall arts preview

My editor contacted me yesterday to tell me that they're putting forth my book, Small Brutal Incidents, for the Edgar Award nomination.

William Styron has died

Pittsburgh Jeff Goldblum's comedy about his return to his hometown in summer 2004 to star in Pittsburgh CLO's The Music Man with his fiancee, Catherine Wreford is the opening-night selection of the Three Rivers Film Festival.

John Updike talks about his new book:
Coming from Pennsylvania, I’ve always been aware of myself as a Pennsylvanian, because for the first 18 years of my life I really hardly ever left Pennsylvania. Yet, compared to the South, it has a rather murky identity, ranging from the House Amish to those sort of grimy industrial metropolises of Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. It’s fun to try to think about being a Pennsylvanian, in my early fiction there’s quite a lot about Pennsylvania—Pennsylvania as a state of mind, Pennsylvania as a condition.

Pittsburgher Stephanie Lord has won a prestigious fellowship presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Her entry, "Palau Rain," was one of five chosen from 4,899 submissions for the 21st Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, worth $30,000 each.

The Boston Phoenix previews the highlights in Fall art releases.


Joann said...

An Edgar nomination first time out -- wow! Many, many congratulations.

Peter A. Greene said...

Way cool on the Edgar nomination. This very week I was doing the old song and dance about why Poe is more than just a scary-story guy. I always use the Edgar as a hook for that. Much congrats on the nomination.