Upcoming Events

Join me Thursday April 10 for two talks on Whidbey Island. At 1 p.m. I’ll present “The End of the Trail: How the Movie Western Rode Into the Sunset,” a free talk in the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau series, at the Freeland Library in Freeland. Details here. Then at 6 I’ll give the talk farther north, at the Oak Harbor Library; details here.

Saturday April 12, join me in Tumwater, WA, for “The Movie Mashup: Wild Literary Adaptations on Film,” a look at some of the kookier ways movies have treated original texts: how The Odyssey became O Brother, Where Art Thou? and The Tempest turned into Forbidden Planet – that kind of thing. In the meantime, we’ll think about how movies differ from literature, always a rich subject. This is at 2 p.m., Tumwater Timberland Library, and it’s free. More here.

Sunday April 13, I’ll introduce a free screening of Hisako Matsui’s 2010 film Léonie, a biopic of Isamu Noguchi’s mother, Léonie Noguchi. That’s at 2 p.m.; more info here.

Thursday April 17, join me for “The End of the Trail: How the Movie Western Rode Into the Sunset,” a free talk in the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau series. That’s at the Jefferson County Library in Port Hadlock, WA, at 6:30 p.m. More info here.

Sunday, April 27, join the talkers of Framing Pictures for another free conversation at the Northwest Film Forum. This one’s a different day of the week and a different time: 5:30. Check some details here, and look into the FP Facebook page for updates.

This is out: My new book on the 1931 Frankenstein, from Columbia University Press. One place to get it is here.


Out now: the first two volumes of Rotten, a wild, provocative, and gory graphic novel I have co-authored with Mark Rahner (art by Dan Dougherty). It’s a zombie Western set in 1877, with overtones of recent U.S. political history. Or possibly undertones. Click on my Rotten tab above for further info and marching orders. Order the Rotten trade paperbacks at the Rotten website and see cover art here. The Rotten page at Moonstone, where you can also order the Rotten book The Lost Diary of John J. Flynn, U.S. Agent, is here. Check the Rotten music video here.

For a list of past lectures at the Frye, click here.

To contact me about a speaking gig, drop me an email: thecropduster@gmail.com

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