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Jamie MacGillivray

John Sayles

Warwick’s, in partnership with Coronado Public Library, presents
John Sayles
in conversation with Merridee Book, Executive and Artistic Director of the Coronado Island Film Festival

Jamie MacGillivray

Wednesday, March 8, 2023 - 7:00pm PST

Coronado Public Library - Winn Room
640 Orange Ave.
Coronado, CA 92118
Jamie MacGillivray
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PLEASE NOTE: This event is free and open to the public; free admittance is subject to available space. Limited open seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. To ensure seating, we encourage you to pre-order one book per seat through Warwick’s for everyone in your party.

  • Free open seating is first-come, first-served, subject to available space.
  • Guaranteed Preferred Seat holders will receive a copy of John Sayles's book when they check in. Guaranteed seating is unnumbered and first-come, first-served.
  • Please call the Warwick's Book Department at 858-454-0347 for more information.

On Wednesday, March 8th at 7:00pm Warwick's, in partnership with Coronado Public Library, will host John Sayles as he discusses and signs his new book, Jamie MacGillivray: The Renegade's Journey, in conversation with Merridee Book, Executive and Artistic Director of the Coronado Island Film Festival. John Sayles is a much-celebrated film director who has made 18 movies, beginning in 1980 when his debut Return of the Secaucus Seven was released. Among the other movies he is known for directing—and often writing as well—are Lianna, Brother from Another Planet, Matewan, Eight Men Out, City of Hope, Sunshine State, Passion Fish and Lone Star, the last two of which earned him Academy Award nominations for Best Original Screenplay. He also has written screenplays for other directors, including the iconic Eighties horror movies The Howling and Alligator. Sayles also directed three of Bruce Springsteen’s most famed music videos for the songs Born in the USA, Glory Days and I’m on Fire.

As an author, Sayles has written numerous novels and short stories since 1975, when his first novel, Pride of the Bimbos, appeared. His second novel, Union Dues, was nominated for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Subsequent books include At the Anarchist’s Convention, Los Gusanos, Dillinger in Hollywood, A Moment in the Sun, and Yellow Earth. John Sayles has been honored by, or spoken at, such respected organizations as the American Historical Association, the Modern Language Association, and the American Studies Association. His screenplay for the film Sonora, released in 2021, won the Ariel Award, Mexico’s equivalent to the Oscar, for Best Adapted Screenplay. Sayles divides his time between Los Angeles and Connecticut. 

Spanning 13 years, two continents, several wars, and many smoke-filled and bloody battlefields, John Sayles's thrilling historical and cinematic epic invites comparison with Diana Gabaldon, George R. R. Martin, Phillippa Gregory, and Charles Dickens.

It begins in the highlands of Scotland in 1746, at the Battle of Culloden, the last desperate stand of the Stuart 'pretender' to the throne of the Three Kingdoms, Bonnie Prince Charlie, and his rabidly loyal supporters. Vanquished with his comrades by the forces of the Hanoverian (and Protestant) British crown, the novel's eponymous hero, Jamie MacGillivray, narrowly escapes a roadside execution only to be recaptured by the victors and shipped to Marshalsea Prison (central to Charles Dickens's Hard Times) where he cheats the hangman a second time before being sentenced to transportation and indentured servitude in colonial America "for the term of his natural life." His travels are paralleled by those of Jenny Ferguson, a poor, village girl swept up on false charges by the English and also sent in chains to the New World.

The novel follows Jamie and Jenny through servitude, revolt, escape, and romantic entanglements - pawns in a deadly game. The two continue to cross paths with each other and with some of the leading figures of the era - the devious Lord Lovat, future novelist Henry Fielding, the artist William Hogarth, a young and ambitious George Washington, the doomed General James Wolfe, and the Lenape chief feared throughout the Ohio Valley as Shingas the Terrible.

Merridee Book is the CEO + Artistic Director of the Coronado Island Film Festival. Before that, she spent 3 years as the Vice President of Development at the San Diego International Film Festival. She has held key positions in the arts and entertainment industry, and the non-profit sector for 30 years., working with bestselling authors, artists, musicians, filmmakers, major studios and record labels. These relationships culminated in producing and hosting an inspirational television program, DeeperLiving. She has held several board director positions including the Coronado School of the Arts and she currently sits on the board of the well-respected Patrons of the Prado, a non-profit that raises funds for ten beneficiaries in Balboa Park, the largest urban park in the U.S.

Jamie MacGillivray: The Renegade's Journey By John Sayles Cover Image
ISBN: 9781612199887
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Melville House - February 28th, 2023