Babich Goes Hollywood
"He has made the magic too strong," said Maurice.
"And what can we do about it?" asked Rodolfo.
"We must find Fortescue Lymph," said Maurice. "And I must find him anyway. My son Hyacinth, for whose sake I have under taken this acting job, has run away with a wicked river woman. I fear he will ruin his life."
In The Age of the Bicycle, scenes that lay out such considerable depth of intrigue and portent occur at about the rate of one per page, so any film version of the novel is bound to make the head spin around and around and around. But don't think of the novel as a movie until you actually sit down for the opening sequence; producers express interest in optioning titles more often than we get letters from Babich, which is often. And Rosen's call to Babich expressing interest in optioning The Age of the Bicycle is not the same as a call offering an actual dollar amount to option the novel. (Rosen was unavailable to comment on his interest in the novel because he's in Germany making a movie.) "[Rosen] said that he ordered the book just because it was about bicycles but then when he read it he thought it was really, really original, and that's what they were looking for," Babich says. "So I don't really know whether anything is going on with that or not but I sure hope it does!"
Literacy Austin expected to raise $40,000 at their annual BookFest last weekend but amassed a record $62,000... A belated congratulations to the six writers awarded Fellowships in Literature from the Austin Writers' League: Fiction winners include Miles Wilson of San Marcos and Karen Stolz of Austin; poetry winners are William Wenthe of Lubbock and Michael Blumenthal of Austin; and creative nonfiction winners are Gwendolyn Wooten Scott of Missouri City and Lee Martin of Denton. The deadline for the 2000 Fellowships in Literature is December 15, 1999.