Safe Haven - my new, unbelievably beautiful, cinematically conceptualized book - is a highly commercial yet redemptively complex art-house version of Under The Tuscan Sun or A Year In Provence, except that what those writers did for golden Meditteranean sunlight I'm doing for damp, arthritic, grey Nova Scotia coastal fog that can cause lingering psychological impairment in stressed-out urbanites. Change the title to Room With No View and we've got a blockbuster.
LARRY GAUDET , who joins a round table Saturday (October 20), reads October 26 and moderates a round table October 27
Here's a book that'll never be made into a movie, and I don't care because if I'd wanted to make a film, I would have written a screenplay. And while we're at it, I'm sick and tired of well-wishers who tell me, &147;Congratulations on your new novel. Maybe someday it'll be made into a film.
GINA B. NAHAI , who reads from Caspian Rain tonight (Thursday, October 18)
The Firm meets Girl Interrupted meets Gandhi. It can't miss.
Mohsin Hamid , who reads from The Reluctant Fundamentalist on Tuesday (October 23) and joins a round table October 27
It's the story of a young orphaned English boy who goes to wizard school to learn how to become a wizard. He has this cool scar on his forehead. (It's the ol' bait and switch. Once I've hooked 'em, out comes my weighty tome about a dysfunctional Canadian family living with a dark secret buried deep in their past.)
WILL FERGUSON , who reads from Spanish Fly on Wednesday (October 24) and joins a round table October 26
Alas, just as I never read in the bathroom, I can't pitch. I was wretched at softball in elementary school.
DAVID LEAVITT , who reads from The Indian Clerk on Tuesday (October 23) and joins a round table Wednesday (October 24)