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THIS WEEK ON THE ARTSY FARTSY SHOW…
WRITING FRENZY: SCRIPTS, BOOKS, PLAYS AND YOUNG ADULT BOOKS
Today’s program interviews a writer who has won awards for her best selling books, a screen writer and film fanatic, and the culture of young readers enjoying adult books.
SARAH KERNOCHAN TALKS ABOUT HER NEW BOOK “SARAH WAS HERE”
An eerie story that not only kept me guessing but kept me up at night. Sarah Kernochan delivers a quirky tale with the perfect amount of creepiness, intrigue, and small town New England politics. A perfect choice for book clubs.” – Brunonia Barry, author of The Lace Reader and The Map of True Places
About the Author:
Sarah Kernochan has won two Academy Awards for her documentaries Marjoe and Thoth. As a screenwriter, she has written many films, among them Nine and ½ Weeks, Impromptu, and What Lies Beneath. She also directed her film, All I Wanna Do starring Kirsten Dunst and Rachael Leigh Cook. JANE WAS HERE is her second novel. She lives in New York City with her husband, playwright and director, James Lapine.
In a thriller that centers on the world of reincarnation, JANE WAS HERE explores what happens when a mysterious young woman calling herself Jane turns up in a small New England town. She claims a fragmentary memory of growing up in this place, yet she has never been here before in her life. Upon her arrival, strange and alarming things begin happening to some of the town’s inhabitants. As Jane’s memories reawaken piece by piece, they carry her back to a long-buried secret, while the townspeople hurtle forward to a horrific event when past and present fatally collide. Kernochan, who based the novel on experiences in her own life, poses the question, “What if someone could uncover a deed they themselves perpetrated 150 years ago, and finally tell the truth?” In a race against time to solve a mystery that is centuries old, Jane must also protect herself from a killer who may be inhabiting her present day life
“SARAH KERNOCHAN’S ghost thriller is written with a sly knowing and takes you on a compelling ride through at least four dimensions. She expertly binds together seemingly irreconcilable elements: urban relationship distress, 19th century utopian dreams, gritty sexual realities of 21st century rural poverty, reincarnation, and fate. The book holds you tight in the grip of one question all the way to the final, chilling answer. Jane Was Here is not a Whodunit but the first Who is it?” -Joan Juliet Buck, Vogue contributing editor.
“Sarah Kernochan’s second novel, Jane Was Here, has an insane premise — that the presence of one young woman can literally cause the past and the future to collide in real time and space. How Kernochan, the writer of the film ‘What Lies Beneath,’ pulls it off, and she does, is nothing short of magic. See Jane break the world wide open.” – Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean and Second Nature, a Love Story
GETTING DOWN TO THE MINUTE: SCREENWRITING WITH TODD KLICK
In SOMETHING STARTLING HAPPENS, screenwriter and film fanatic Todd Klick does a minute-by-minute breakdown of classic and contemporary films–and for the first time reveals the story telling technique that drives great movies from Star Wars to Tootsie to The Six Sense to The Godfather.
Imagine viewing hundreds of films from the last thirty years and analyzing them minute-by-minute. You’d have to be a die-hard film fanatic, right? Right-and you would also have to be a screenwriter and writing consultant on a mission to discover what makes great films great. In SOMETHING STARTLING HAPPENS: THE 120 STORY BEATS EVERY WRITER NEEDS TO KNOW (Michael Wiese Productions, October 2011, paperback), Todd Klick, an accomplished screenwriter and producer does just that.
In SOMETHING STARTLING HAPPENS: THE 120 STORY BEATS EVERY WRITER NEEDS TO KNOW he shares his discovery with everyone who loves film. Klick will provide examples across the broad spectrum of film to illustrate how the structure and timing that makes rom com fun, drama compelling, and horror scary are identical.
Screenwriter, producer, and author TODD KLICK is VP and Director of Story Development for White Oak Films. Klick’s screenplays have earned him recognition with the prestigious Nicholl Fellowship and the PAGE International screenplay competitions. He earned four options for his latest feature-length screenplays and recently signed a deal with the Hallmark Channel. Klick is the co-founder of the story fix-it Web site: writerwrench.com.
SPOT OF CULTURE WITH HOLLIS WITHERSPOON:
THE ADULT YOUNG ADULT BOOK CLUB
First it was a wizard craze, then the vamps moved into a foggy Northeastern town among the werewolves. Oh, not to forget the wolves who have travelled further than they did when the escaped the Racine Zoo in 1985. The supernatural to the unnatural behavior of children sent into a hunting ground to kill each other what’s next fallen angels?
Fantasy books are the rave as they fill up large sections of the young adult shelves. Series about babysitting have been trumped series about demigod teens going through the throes of teen angst. But have you noticed how the young adult book section has move further and further away from the enclosed children’s area now in a kind of Switzerland area of the bookstore. where 11-17 year olds can feel they are more grown up? No so adults can feel less guilty about purchasing the latest ya book that seems to be ready for blockbuster screenplay draft the moment it is blogged about on Goodreads.
Hollis, Barika and Nikki talk about the guilty pleasure of being in the Adult Young Adult Book Club.
PERFORMING LIVE: JON BRAMAN
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