The Hendrick’s Lecture Series

TWILIGHT OF THE IMMORTAL    
with Marilyn Jaye Lewis

Friday the 21st October 2011
Doors at 6 pm, Show commences at 7 pm

Twilight of the Immortal is an extensively researched novel about Hollywood in the Silent Era, with a predominant focus on the gays, lesbians and bisexuals who not only worked in Hollywood movies at that time, but who also thrived in them. The main characters in the novel actually lived – for instance, Alla Nazimova and Rudolph Valentino, to name two legendary icons – but their stories are told through their interactions with fictional characters. The story spans the years 1916 to 1927. I will do selected readings from the book, interspersed with discussions about the artistic genius and creative ingenuity of the artists of those times and of how their talents came to be trivialized – if not outright forgotten – over time. I’ll also discuss the scandals, trends, and overall culture of that era in Hollywood, as well as the resurgence of interest in Silent Films bubbling up in the culture today and why that era deserves to be celebrated and even honoured. In taking questions from the audience, I hope that by the evening’s end, I will have transferred to them some of my inherent love for the art form and the era, and with luck plant some seeds of a new understanding of how truly modern the Silent Era actually was.

Marilyn Jaye Lewis

Marilyn Jaye Lewis is an award-winning writer of cutting-edge fiction, memoirs, and essays. The author of numerous short stories and novellas, her career thus far has spanned two decades and her work has been translated into French, Italian, Japanese, German, and Spanish. Her many novels include Freak Parade, In the Secret Hours, and the work-in- progress Curse of Our Profound Disorder (winner of a New Century Writers Award and a finalist in the William Faulkner Writing Competition). Readers can find her on the web at blog.marilynjayelewis.com.

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