Page to Screen: The Devil All the Time with Donald Ray Pollock, Antonio Campos, Paulo Campos, and Wiley Cash
Thursday, 7:30 pm EDT October 8, 2020
Nine years after publishing his debut novel The Devil All the Time to critical acclaim, author Donald Ray Pollock’s “sickly beautiful” (New York Times) story of the lonesome and depraved barely surviving in rural southern Ohio and West Virginia after World War II is now a feature film, available for streaming on Netflix.
Bestselling author Wiley Cash (The Last Ballad) will moderate a conversation between Pollock, The Devil All the Time director Antonio Campos, and Paulo Campos who co-wrote the screenplay with Antonio. They’ll dive into the surprises and challenges of adapting Pollock’s grim noir tale and what they want audiences to gain from viewing the movie and reading the book.
Presented in collaboration with Netflix.
A recording of this conversation will be made available for public viewing within two weeks after the event date.
Antonio Campos is an acclaimed writer, producer and director. His notable feature credits as a director include the Sundance sensation, Christine, starring Rebecca Hall; Simon Killer, starring Brady Corbet; and Afterschool, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2008, and featured Ezra Miller in his debut performance. Campos also directed the pilot episode of USA’s Emmy-nominated hit series The Sinner. He also serves as an executive producer on the show which is heading into its third season.Photo courtesy of Sofia Subercaseaux.
Paulo Campos has published several works of short fiction. Glimmer Train awarded him a Best Start 50 award in 2009. The Devil All the Time is his first screenwriting credit. A graduate of NYU, where he studied Twentieth Century Literature, he lives in New York.
Wiley Cash is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels The Last Ballad, A Land More Kind Than Home, and This Dark Road to Mercy, all from William Morrow/HarperCollins. The Last Ballad was an American Library Association Book of the Year and a Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2017. The novel received the Southern Book Prize, the Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction, the Weatherford Award, and the Bloodroot Mountain Prize. His second novel, This Dark Road to Mercy, was a national bestseller and a finalist for both the Edgar Award for Best Novel and the Southern Book Prize. Cash’s debut novel, A Land More Kind Than Home, won the Thomas Wolfe Book Prize, the Maine Reader’s Choice Award, the Southern Book Prize, the Crook’s Corner Book Prize, and the Appalachian Writers Association’s Book of the Year. The novel was a finalist for the American Bookseller Association’s Debut of the Year and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize. He is the writer-in-residence at the University of North Carolina-Asheville.Photo courtesy of Mallory Cash.
Donald Ray Pollock
Donald Ray Pollock
Born in 1954, Donald Ray Pollock grew up in Knockemstiff, Ohio. After dropping out of high school, he worked at a meat processing plant and a shoe factory before hiring on at a paper mill in Chillicothe, Ohio, where he spent the next thirty-two years. He is the author of three books of fiction: Knockemstiff (2008), The Devil All the Time (2011), and The Heavenly Table (2016).Photo courtesy of Patsy Pollock.
The Devil All the Time
By Donald Ray Pollock
Published by Anchor Books
Set in rural southern Ohio and West Virginia, follows a cast of compelling and bizarre characters from the end of World War II to the 1960s. There’s Willard Russell, tormented veteran of the carnage in the South Pacific, who can’t save his beautiful wife, Charlotte, from an agonizing death by cancer no matter how much sacrificial blood he pours on his “prayer log.” There’s Carl and Sandy Henderson, a husband-and-wife team of serial killers, who troll America’s highways searching for suitable models to photograph and exterminate. There’s the spider-handling preacher Roy and his crippled virtuoso-guitar-playing sidekick, Theodore, running from the law. And caught in the middle of all this is Arvin Eugene Russell, Willard and Charlotte’s orphaned son, who grows up to be a good but also violent man in his own right.
Donald Ray Pollock braids his plotlines into a taut narrative that will leave readers astonished and deeply moved. With his first novel, he proves himself a master storyteller in the grittiest and most uncompromising American grain.
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