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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Tom Bissell to Write a Book About The Room

Posted by Alison Hallett on Wed, May 25, 2011 at 11:30 AM

From Publishers Weekly:

Fans of the film Entertainment Weekly dubbed "the Citizen Kane of bad movies," The Room, will now get a behind-the-scenes look at this cult turkey. Greg Sestero, who co-starred in the film, and Tom Bissell, who wrote about the film for Harper's, sold Locked Inside "The Room" to Trish Todd and Molly Lindley at Simon & Schuster. Jim Rutman at Sterling Lord brokered the North American rights deal. The book, S&S said, will delve into the various mysteries behind the making of the film, especially the enigmatic director at the center of the project, Tommy Wiseau. Sestero added that the story behind The Room is one of "sadness and ultimate artistic heroism" that is "just as surreal, baffling, and entertaining as the film itself." The book is scheduled for January 2013.

Tom Bissell is an assistant professor at Portland State, and if you're not familiar with his excellent non-fiction work, well, you should be. Start with this article about Grand Theft auto and cocaine, and then read our interview with Bissell from last year.

I also recommended Bissell's work over on Questionland, where a reader asked for suggestions on great local authors. Remember, we've got some "experts" possed up over there to offer personalized book recommendations—stop by, tell us what you like, and we'll see if we can't come up with something you might like.

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