Festival Staff / February 13, 2013
We are thrilled to welcome independent writer/director/producer John Sayles to the 2013 Tucson Festival of Books!
Mr. Sayles, widely recognized as one of the country’s top independent filmmakers, has written, produced and directed such quirky, thought-provoking films as "Return of the Secaucus Seven," "Matewan" and "Passion Fish." He also directed and wrote the screenplay for "Eight Men Out," which he adapted from the book by Eliot Asinof.
The multi-talented Sayles not only knows his way around a camera and editing room, but he also creates action and drama on the page. In addition to his screenwriting, Sayles has written short stories and several novels. His latest book, "A Moment in the Sun," is a sweeping historical novel set in the years of 1897-1903, ranging from the Klondike Gold Rush to Cuba to the turmoil and aftermath of the Philippine-American War.
Sayles has been the nominee and winner of countless prestigious awards for both screenwriting and directing. In 1999, the Writers Guild of America honored Mr. Sayles with the Ian McLellan Hunter Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Be sure to be in the audience for "The Best in Film and Fiction" on Saturday, March 9 at 11:30 am in the UA Mall Tent. Sayles will join Thomas Cobb, author of "Crazy Heart," and Stephen Harrigan, author of numerous screenplays and books including the novel "Remember Ben Clayton." The moderator for this exciting panel discussion will be Peggy Johnson from The Loft Cinema.