- Tom gave the keynote address at the first annual PEN New England Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence Awards, which were presented to musicians Leonard Cohen and Chuck Berry at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston February 26th. You can read a transcript of his speech (PDF). Also present at the event were Salman Rushdie, Paul Simon, Elvis Costello, Shawn Colvin, Keith Richards, and Peter Wolf. The awards, organized by author Bill Flanagan with PEN New England director Karen Wulf and author Richard Hoffman, were opened with a brief welcome from Caroline Kennedy. Read more about it over at Rolling Stone.
(L to R) Tom Perrotta with Salman Rushdie, Elvis Costello, Peter Wolf, Shawn Colvin, Paul Simon, Leonard Cohen, Chuck Berry, Keith Richards, and Bill Flanagan. (Click the image to enlarge.)
You can watch the full ceremony here (running time is just over an hour).
- The Leftovers has been named one of the "Best Books of 2011" by O the Oprah Magazine, Kirkus Reviews, Amazon.com, GQ, NPR (Fresh Air), The Washington Post, The Seattle Times, and The Book Page.
- Early reviews of The Leftovers are coming in. Read Stephen King's review for The New York Times.
- Tom has also appeared on radio discussing The Leftovers, on NPR's "Fresh Air" and "Weekend Edition".
- The Leftovers was selected as one of Amazon.com's Best Books of the Month for August.
Starred Kirkus Review for Tom's novel, The Leftovers, available in September 2011.
- Tom's novel, The Abstinence Teacher, will be published in paperback. The novel was a New York Times bestseller and received raves from critics across the country, including this glowing front-page review in The New York Times Book Review. In the words of The Los Angeles Times, "Perrotta's balance of humor and pathos has no equal." Check out the events section for a full list of Tom's appearances.
- Although he left the Golden Globes empty-handed, Tom has been nominated for an Oscar by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in the "Writing - Adapted Screenplay" category for his adaptation of Little Children. The film garnered three nominations in the major categories, including Best Actress (Kate Winslet) and Best Supporting Actor (Jackie Earle Haley). The award winners will be announced on February 25. More information at www.oscars.com.
- Tom has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for his screenplay adaptation of Little Children. The film has also been nominated in the "Best Motion Picture - Drama" category. Kate Winslet was nominated in the "Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama" category for her role in the film.
- The film adaptation of Little Children premiered in New York on September 30.
Profiles & Interviews
- "A Writer's Search for the Sex in Abstinence" by Motoko Rich, The New York Times, (Oct 2007)
- "Tom Perrotta's Culture Wars", Interview with Chris Bolton of Powell's, (Sep 2007)
- Onion AV Club, Interview with Scott Tobias, (Nov 2007)
- "God Only Knows," by Benjamin Anastas, Men's Vogue, (Oct 2007)
- "Twenty Questions with Tom Perrotta," Post Road (2005)
- Interview with Claire Zulkey (Nov 2004)
- "Bad Haircut, Making Movies, and American Literature Today," Arriviste Press (1997)
- NPR's The Connection with Tom Ashbrook (October 26, 2007)
- "Small Town 'Winesburg' Reminds Writer of Home," on NPR's All Things Considered (December 5, 2007)
- NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross (April 12, 2004)
- NPR's The Connection with Christopher Lydon (September 8, 2000)
- Audio reading, Salon.com (October 27, 2000)