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Walter’s ‘Poets’ Takes To Stage

Spokane author Jess Walter, pictured, expects an “out-of-body experience” when he attends Book-It Repertory Theatre’s new production, “The Financial Lives of the Poets.” It is based on Walter’s rollicking novel of the same title, about a laid-off reporter’s quixotic attempt over five sleepless days to save his home from foreclosure and his marriage from ruin. It just so happens Walter is now crafting a screenplay from the novel (Jack Black may star), and wonders how Book-It director Myra Platt’s adaptation differs from his. (He gave Book-It the rights for the show, but isn’t involved in it.) Matt Prior, Walter’s frantic protagonist, has a dizzying series of adventures to dramatize. He spies on his wife’s Internet dalliance, hangs with slacker teens a third his age, cares for his very confused dad, visits a pot farm and fails spectacularly at rescuing his unsustainable yuppie lifestyle. And, oh yeah: He also tries his hand at dealing pot/Misha Berson, Seattle Times. More here.

DFO: In my 43 years in the news biz, I've only been out of work for 3 months. Spent my time collecting unemployment checks and painting my house for sale.

Question: Have you read any books by my former SR colleague Jess Walter?

Jack Black To Star In ‘Poets’ Movie

The latest book by Spokane author Jess Walter will hit the big screen — and, a major Hollywood actor has signed on to be part of the project! Ealing Metro International and Prescience will finance and sell worldwide rights on Bailout, based on Walter's book Financial Lives of the Poets. The movie will be directed by Michael Winterbottom and star Jack Black; shooting is scheduled to get underway in August. Financial Lives follows an out of work newspaper reporter, saddled with debt and career uncertainty as the market tumbles. He meets some characters at a late-night gas station and enters into a shady business venture as he tries to save his home and his family. Though never specified, if you read the book, you'll wonder if it's set right here in Spokane/Melissa Luck, KXLY. More here.

Question: Have you ever read a book by my old SR colleague Jess Walter?

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