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Powell's Books Announces New Film
Out of the Book™ film series to take viewers State by State

May 22, 2008, Portland, OR —Powell's Books today announced its third Out of the Book film, to be screened in partnership with independent booksellers in as many as one hundred cities and towns across America between September 16 and November 2, 2008.

The film's subject couldn't be more timely or topical.

On September 16th, Ecco will publish State by State: A Panoramic Portrait of America. The hardcover collection introduces original writing from fifty prominent authors and artists. Each contributor addresses one state.

Sarah Vowell writes about Montana. Alexander Payne takes on Nebraska. Jonathan Franzen considers New York. Louise Erdrich, S.E. Hinton, Dave Eggers, John Hodgman, Susan Orlean, Joshua Ferris, Alison Bechdel...

Approximately ten of the book's contributors will star in Out of the Book, Volume 3: State by State, to be shot in early June.

Out of the Book, Volume 3 will premiere August 24th at 2008's Bookmark Festival in Nantucket, Massachusetts, where a full day of discussions and events will be dedicated to the book and film.

The brainchild of editors Matt Weiland and Sean Wilsey, the State by State collection resurrects an effort from the 1930s, when the WPA created the Federal Writers' Project, commissioning America's writers to describe their states.

Is our nation truly so divided between blue regions and red? What remains of the country Saul Bellow, John Steinbeck, and Zora Neale Hurston wrote about so eloquently seventy years ago? Where have we been as a country? How did we get here? As a Presidential election fast approaches, the book and film look at America anew, through personal essays by some of its most articulate, insightful, and engaging storytellers.

The first Out of the Book film, Ian McEwan: On Chesil Beach, played in fifty-four cities. Its follow-up, David Halberstam: The Coldest Winter, screened in more than sixty.

Partnering once again with independent booksellers across the country, Out of the Book aims to be a catalyst for informed, deeply personal conversation about America.

"We're so excited to be working with Sean and Matt," says Out of the Book's creator, Dave Weich. "It's a dream project. In the weeks before a momentous election, the book and film will give people a way to talk about the country that's free of political jargon and media spin."

Michael Powell, the Portland-based bookstore's president and founder, added, "We believe that independent business fosters independent thought. Nothing could please us more than to see communities come together in independent bookstores to share their ideas about what this country is today."

 

 

Contacts: Dave Weich
Creator and Producer, Out of the Book
dave@powells.com
Michael McKenzie
Director of Publicity, Ecco
Michael.McKenzie@HarperCollins.com
  Matt Weiland
Co-editor, State by State
mweiland@theparisreview.org
Sean Wilsey
Co-editor, State by State
seanwilsey@mcsweeneys.net
  Jage Toba
Head of Production
Plum TV / Bookmark 2008
jtoba@plumtv.com
 
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