Sundance Festival not just about filmmakers
While many Main Street venues shut their doors to the public during the Sundance Film Festival, Dolly’s Bookstore takes advantage of the cultural milieu to host its own cinematically inspired community events.
This year, the locally owned bookstore has scheduled seven author signings throughout the festival to shine a light on the written word in the film industry.
According to store manager Sue Fassett, Dolly’s always devotes special attention to film-related books and authors during the span of the festival. "We like to support the festival and invite any authors who come to Sundance to participate," she says.
There are actually a large number of authors who attend the festival, whether they are involved with a film or just want to experience Sundance, Fassett says. Last year, bestselling author Nick Hornby unexpectedly stopped by the store to chat. "That was pretty exciting," she says.
Each year, Fassett sifts through the festival catalog and picks out films that are based on or inspired by books. She reaches out to publishers and agents, letting them know that the bookstore likes to feature authors who may be stopping through Park City.
The signings are open to the public and geared toward people in the industry as well as locals. "We encourage people to walk in off the streets," Fassett says. The events are informal and typically consist of readings, discussions, Q & A and autograph sessions.
This year’s scheduled author events include:
Sunday, Jan. 24
Monday, Jan. 25
Tuesday, Jan. 26
Friday, Jan. 29
In addition to author events, Dolly’s Bookstore will host live performances by local musician Thomas Benoit throughout the festival.
The store will also set up a special Sundance section including all of the books featured during the signings as well as other film-related books. "We have a really good selection of film books that I’ve been collecting all year," says Fassett.
Dolly’s Bookstore is located at 510 Main Street behind the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. For more information, call 649-8062 or visit http://dollysbookstore.com.
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