Peter Hedges

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April 15, 2010 - 7:00pm
Iowa City Public Library

Peter Hedges, author of What's Eating Gilbert Grape?,  will read from his new book,The Heights. This incredibly engaging novel unravels in alternating narratives as  Kate and Tim tell the story of their practically perfect life (he's a history teacher in a posh private school, she's a stay-at-home mom). Brooklyn Heights, their neighborhood, rife with social strata, rules and conventions, is rocked by a newcomer, Anna Brody, the beautiful, mysterious wife of a very wealthy man who latches onto the couple. Peter Hedges founded the Edge Theater in 1985 along with Mary-Louise Parker and Joe Mantello. Over the next three years he wrote and directed twelve plays for the company. His first novel, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?, was the basis for the 1993 film, for which he wrote the screenplay. Starring Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio, the movie won a Silver Guild Film Award. Hedges next co-wrote the screenplay for the film "A Map Of The World "(1999), based on the novel by Jane Hamilton. He collaborated with Chris Weitz and Paul Weitz on the screenplay "About A Boy "(2002), based on Nick Hornby’s novel, and the three were nominated for an Academy Award. He grew up in West Des Moines, Iowa and now lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Susan Bruce, and their two children, Simon and Lucas.