On Thursday, November 10, as part of the Spotlight on the Arts Festival at the University of Georgia, the University of Georgia Press will present award-winning author Ted Geltner and filmmaker Tom Thurman for a special book and film night celebrating the wild life and literary works of the late, near mythical writer Harry Crews at Ciné in downtown Athens.
The evening starts with a rare public screening of Thurman’s 54-minute “lost” 1993 documentary “Harry Crews: Guilty As Charged” at 6:30pm sharp (doors open at 6:00pm). After the screening Thurman and Geltner, author of Blood, Bone, and Marrow: A Biography of Harry Crews will discuss Crews’s life and legacy.
Avid Bookshop will be there to sell books. A book signing along with a light reception provided by University of Georgia Press will follow.
About the book: Recently named one of Publishers Weekly‘s Best Books of 2016, Blood, Bone, and Marrow: A Biography of Harry Crews is the first full-length biography of one of the most unlikely figures in twentieth-century American literature, a writer who emerged from a dirt-poor South Georgia tenant farm and went on to create a singularly unique voice of fiction. With books such as Scar Lover, Body, and Naked in Garden Hills, Crews opened a new window into southern life, focusing his lens on the poor and disenfranchised, the people who skinned the hogs and tended the fields, the “grits,” as Crews affectionately called his characters and himself. He lived by a code of his own design, flouting authority and baring his soul, and the stories of his whiskey-and-blood-soaked lifestyle created a myth to match any of his fictional creations. His outlaw life, his distinctive voice and the context in which he lived combine to form the elements of a singularly compelling narrative about an underappreciated literary treasure.
“A lean and pleasingly consumable book . . . Harry Crews led a big, strange, sad and somehow very American life. It is well told here.”
—Dwight Garner, New York Times
“Geltner brilliantly renders the life of the late writer Harry Crews (1935-2012) in this well-researched and vivid biography. It captures the wild spirit of an unflinching American writer.”
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
About the film: “Harry Crews: Guilty As Charged” is directed by Tom Thurman and Chris Iovenko and released in 1993. This film is an intimate portrait of the controversial, Georgia-born author featuring candid and exclusive interviews with Crews and his friends and consorts. This is the first screening in theaters of the cult favorite in over 20 years.
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Tickets: Entry for this event is $5.00. Tickets can be purchased from Ciné’s website.