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Meet Chris Weitz, director of ABOUT A BOY and AMERICAN PIE, this weekend at Vintage Park!

Weitz will be on hand to talk about his new YA novel THE YOUNG WORLD, sign autographs and screen MAD MAX: BEYOND THUNDERDOME

Meet Chris Weitz, director of ABOUT A BOY and AMERICAN PIE, this weekend at Vintage Park!

Calling all Houston book readers and movie watchers (which hopefully means a lot of you) - this weekend we're hosting acclaimed director/writer Chris Weitz for a book signing, Q&A and movie screening shindig. Weitz, of course, is the director of films that include THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON, THE GOLDEN COMPASS, ABOUT A BOY, AMERICAN PIE and more. Weitz has now turned his gaze towards the world of YA novels - penning his first, THE YOUNG WORLD

In the future, society has been left in shambles after the world's adult population is wiped out by The Sickness. New York City is divided into tribes of teenagers and if society is going to have a chance at rebounding, several teenagers from disparate groups are going to have to embark on a road trip together in search of a cure. Warner Brothers has already penned a deal to turn THE YOUNG WORLD into a movie so here's your chance to get in on the ground floor of this exciting new novel before it becomes the next DIVERGENT or THE HUNGER GAMES

In addition to signing copies of his new novel (your ticket includes a copy of the book provdided by MURDER BY THE BOOK!), Weitz will participate in an in-depth Q&A with Forever Young Adult writer Mandy Curtis. Mandy will quiz Weitz on his inspirations, his writing process, the novel, his film career and more. To read what Curtis thought of the book, click here

Finally, we'll wrap up the evening with a screening of MAD MAX: BEYOND THUNDERDOME. Why this movie? I'll let Chris Weitz explain: 

George Miller and George Ogilvie's MAD MAX: BEYOND THUNDERDOME (1985) serves as the high-water mark and possibly the shark-jumping platform of the remarkably inventive Australian "Road Warrior" cycle.  I saw it as a teen, and was intrigued by the sketches of an end-times economy and anthropology, and confused by the ascendancy of the noticeably American Tina Turner in the Australian wasteland.  Not the least in terms of inspiration for my book was the little tribe of semi-feral kids, who speak their own argot and keep their own counsel, while still retaining an essential innocence and hope.  For all its mayhem and bloodshed, the Road Warrior movies are full of touches of humanity and humor, elements that further influence The Young World.  And its production design -- the flashes of swag in a guard's feathery mohawk headgear, the cow-hide cowling of a jerry-rigged vehicle, the geodesic gladiatorial arena of the film's title -- is tremendously compelling.  That last element influenced one of the sub-cultures of Burning Man, which in turn is a big source of inspiration for my own post-apocalyptic kids.

Buy your tickets today!

 

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