Free with open seating to the public. In 1989, author Will Weaver received the Minnesota Book Award for Best Fiction for A Gravestone Made of Wheat & Other Stories. Sixteen years later screenwriter and director Ali Selim adapted the title short story from this collection to create the critically acclaimed movie, Sweet Land. Sweet Land received numerous awards including Best Narrative Feature Film at the Hamptons International Film Festival and the Film Independent's Spirit Award for Best First Feature, and it was named one of the Ten Best Films of 2006 by over a dozen critics. Shot on location in Southern Minnesota, Sweet Land is the story of immigrant America, “a visually indelible movie… of extraordinary tenderness (Entertainment Weekly).” In this unique installment of Talk of the Stacks, together Selim and Weaver will discuss fiction writing, film making, and the process of adapting a short story to a feature-length movie. For more information: 612-630-6174 or www.friendsofmpl.org. (Talbin)
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