First the big news: movie deal! Unique Features, headed by Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne who were the founders of New Line Cinema, have bought the rights to turn French Lessons into a movie. I am crazy excited about this, as you can imagine. When I can't sleep, I cast all the characters. Josie should be Emma Stone (Michael actually suggested that one!), Riley should be Natalie Portman (who already expressed interest in playing the role), and of course Jeremy should be George Clooney. (Though Michael suggested John Hamm. I wouldn't kick him out of bed. I mean, off the set.) But none of that is a reality -- we're only on step one. It's a good place to start.
More news: foreign rights! French Lessons was just published in the UK and is doing extremely well there. It will be published in Germany, Portugal, China and Russia. Maybe even more to come.
The other night I was quoted at the National Book Awards by none other than John Ashbery! He read from my article in the current issue of Poets and Writers Magazine. Here's the link -- the mention comes around 30:00.
And more news: I just returned from a 5 week artists' residency in the South of France, Chateau La Napoule. It was heaven. Both my bedroom and my writing studio overlooked the Mediterranean, dinner was served by candlelight in the chateau every evening, my fellow artists were 8 talented writers/sculptors/composers/dancers/film-makers from around the world, and best of all, I wrote up a storm. I finished The Paradise Guest House, my next novel, and it was accepted by my publisher. (pub date to come.) And I started a new novel which takes place in the South of France (more business trips!). I've never had more fun writing a novel than this new one -- which is a very good sign.
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