July 12, 2020

5:00 pm

AC Book Club: Yellow Earth

VIRTUAL EVENT

Join Author & Filmmaker John Sayles Online As He Reads From His New Novel, Yellow Earth

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About the Book

In Yellow Earth, John Sayles introduces an epic cast of characters, weaving together narratives of competing agendas and worldviews with lyrical dexterity, insight, and wit.

When rich layers of shale oil are discovered beneath the town of Yellow Earth, all hell breaks loose. Locals, oil workers, service workers, politicians, law enforcement, and get-rich-quick opportunists—along with an earnest wildlife biologist—commingle and collide as the population of the town triples overnight. Harleigh Killdeer, chairman of the tribal business council of the neighboring Three Nations reservation, entertains visions of “sovereignty by the barrel” and joins forces with a fast-talking entrepreneur. From casino dealers to activists and high school kids, everyone in the region is swept up in the unsparing wave of an oil boom.

Sayles’s masterful storytelling draws an arc from the earliest exploitation of this land and its people all the way to twenty-first-century privatization schemes. Through the intertwining lives of its characters, Yellow Earth lays bare how the profit motive erodes human relationships, as well as our living planet. The fate of Yellow Earth serves as a parable for our times.

About the Q&A

Online discussion with author John Sayles at 5:00 PM PST on Sunday, July 12th. RSVP here to receive a link to the Zoom discussion. Your link will be sent earlier on the day of the discussion.

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About the AC Book Club

The relationship between books and movies goes back to the dawn of cinema. As the medium matured, the written word grew beyond source material to include scholarship on film. Part of the Cinematheque’s mission is to shed light on Hollywood history and the filmmaking process, so we spotlight authors with relevant books whenever possible – often partnering with our friends down the boulevard, Larry Edmunds Bookshop.

During these days of virtual cinema, we continue that initiative with webinar presentations from authors who will shed light on various corners of the movie industry. Join us for the AC Book Club!

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To view the online discussion, you will need to have the Zoom video application installed on your computer beforehand. It can be downloaded at https://zoom.us/ You will receive a Zoom link the day of the online discussion. If you have any issue connecting to our Q&A, please email [email protected] and we will do our best to assist you.

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