READING: John Sayles, "A Moment in the Sun"

Event date: 
Saturday, April 30, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
6422 Montgomery St., Suite 6
12572-0482 Rhinebeck

John Sayles, photo by Ric KallaherThis event will be held at our Rhinebeck store.

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Please join us for a special event with film director John Sayles. His new novel is A Moment in the Sun.

It’s 1897, and the world seems on the verge of offering its outcasts a new kind of opportunity. Hod Brackenridge has turned his back on years spent working for the mining concerns to follow news of gold to the Yukon; Clarence Rice, sentenced to hard labor in the South Carolina swamps, has stolen a horse and broken free. And while Royal Scott and Junior Lunceford are offering themselves up to an African American infantry regiment, Diosdado Concepción, a young insurrecto thousands of miles away, is preparing for a war that will pit him against them. Each of these men is intent on forging a new life. What happens next will determine how far they get.

Spanning five years and half a dozen countries, John Sayles’s latest novel takes the whole era in its sights—from the white coup in Wilmington, North Carolina, to the bloody dawn of U.S. interventionism in Cuba and the Philippines. Built on the voices of a breathtaking range of men and women, and shot through with a lyrical intensity and stunning detail that recalls Doctorow and Deadwood both, A Moment in the Sun is an indispensible chronicle of a pivotal time. This is a story as big as its subject: history rediscovered through the lives of the people who made it happen.

John Sayles’s previous novels include Pride of the Bimbos, Los Gusanos, and the National Book Award–nominated Union Dues. He has directed seventeen feature films, including Matewan, Lone Star, and Eight Men Out, and  received two Academy Award nominations. His latest film, Amigo, will be released in the US in August. 

author photo by Ric Kallaher


A Moment in the Sun