Fantastic news: John Sayles' new novel A MOMENT IN THE SUN, has found a home. Dave Eggers cool publishing house, McSweeney's, and Eggers will be John's editor. Anthony Arnove is John's happy, hardworking agent, and many thanks go to him.
This is the big book John wrote when we were on the road promoting Honeydripper. The novel is set around 1900 in the US, Cuba, and the Philippines. Formerly called SOME TIME IN THE SUN, John retitled it from a quote from W.E.B. Dubois which goes something like, "After the Civil War the Negro spent a moment in the sun, but then was dragged back into slavery". There is a parallel to the Filipino fight for independence, and that is what John explores in his new movie BARYO/AMIGO.The characters and story of the film are not part of the book, but they come from the copious research John did for the book.
Read below, please, to see it in print!
"Film director John Sayles finally has book deal for long historical novel about Philippines," Los Angeles Times, April 13, 2010
Which is a follow-up to this article last year:
"John Sayles, novelist, seeks a binding agreement," Los Angeles Times, May 26, 2009
Some things are worth waiting for.