Filmmaker and author John Sayles will hit the road in February for a national tour to discuss his new book Yellow Earth.
“In his densely textured, overtly political fifth novel, the acclaimed director and screenwriter recounts what happens when shale oil is discovered beneath an Indian reservation in the North Dakota badlands and crowds of outsiders descend.”
—New York Times Book Review
“John Sayles writes with such verve and colloquial humor that even the most esoteric issues brighten with fascination.... Sayles superbly dramatizes the man-made disruptions in his novel’s small pond, but in a book motored by anarchy the most unsettling section occurs when the boom goes bust, bringing Yellow Earth to a surprisingly quiet conclusion: the depiction of a modern-day ghost town.”
—Wall Street Journal
“Without falling prey to false ‘both sides’ equivocation, Sayles masterfully balances and gives fair hearings to competing agendas and doesn’t shy away from the ugly side of human nature; by the same token, he doesn’t give in to cynicism or despair. What animates his fiction is curiosity about different kinds of people and their experiences, and an imagination expansive enough to portray their inner lives. He doesn’t fetishize diversity, but his stories are naturally diverse as a result of his engaged interest in the world around him. Now entering the fifth decade of his career, Sayles remains a standard-bearer for the American novel.”
Rich layers of shale oil are discovered under Yellow Earth, North Dakota and the neighboring Three Nations Indian reservation. All hell breaks loose.
In Yellow Earth, the site of Three Nations reservations on the banks of the Missouri River in North Dakota, Sayles introduces us to Harleigh Killdeer, chairman of the Tribal Business Council. “An activist in his way, a product of the Casino Era,” Kildeer, who is contracted by oil firm Case and Crosby, spearheads the new Three Nations Petroleum Company.
What follows, with characteristic lyrical dexterity, insight, and wit, introduces us to a memorable cast of characters, weaving together narratives of competing worlds through masterful storytelling.
Set shortly before Standing Rock would become a symbol of historic proportions of the brutal confrontation between native resistance and the forces of big business and law enforcement, the fate of Yellow Earth serves as a parable for our times.
John Sayles National Tour Dates:
|January 30||Guilford, CT||Guilford Free Library|
|February 1||Boston, MA||Trident Books Sellers Café|
|February 2||Amherst, MA||Amherst Bookstore|
|February 3||Rhinebeck, NY||Oblong Books and Music|
|February 4||New Haven, CT||Yale Bookstore|
|February 5||New York, NY||The Strand|
|February 6||Philadelphia, PA||Uncle Bobbie's|
|February 7||Baltimore, MD||Red Emma's|
|February 8||Washington, DC||Politics and Prose|
|February 10||Philadelphia, PA||Philadelphia Free Library|
|February 13||Los Angeles, CA||UCLA Billy Wilder Theater|
|February 14||Los Angeles, CA||Egyptian Theater|
|February 15||Los Angeles, CA||UCLA Billy Wilder Theater|
|February 16||Santa Monica, CA||Aero Theatre|
|February 17||Santa Monica, CA||Aero Theatre|
|February 18||Santa Monica, CA||Diesel Bookstore|
|February 19||Santa Barbara, CA||Chaucers Books|
|February 24||San Francisco, CA||City Lights Booksellers|
|February 25||Berkeley, CA||Moe’s Bookstore|
|February 26||Eugene, OR||J. Michaels Books|
|February 27||Portland, OR||Powell's City of Books|
|February 28||Seattle, WA||Elliott Bay Book Company|