Wednesday Jan 09 2013 7:30 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg
A presentation from John Wiley, Jr., author of Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind: A Bestseller’s Odyssey from Atlanta to Hollywood (Taylor Trade Publishing).
This book is the first comprehensive look at how this iconic novel became an international phenomenon that is still popular 75 years later. Odyssey tells how Mitchell’s story of Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler was written, marketed, distributed, and otherwise groomed for success in the 1930s — and how the savvy measures taken by the author, her publisher, and her estate ensured its longevity. In conjunction with the world premiere of a new Canadian stage version of Gone With the Wind, co-author John Wiley, Jr., will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the special role Canada played in the book’s original copyright and at the 45-year history of Scarlett’s career before the footlights.
A Gone With the Wind fan since first reading Margaret Mitchell’s novel at age 10, John Wiley, Jr., has assembled one of the world’s largest collections of Mitchell and GWTW memorabilia, including every American edition and more than 800 international editions of the book. He was featured in the 2011 PBS documentary Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel and publishes The Scarlett Letter, a quarterly newsletter for GWTW fans and collectors. Wiley, Jr. is currently working on a new book — a compilation of Mitchell’s letters about the 1939 movie made from her story — for the film’s 75th anniversary in 2014. (starfishian)