Alissa Nutting, Christina Lee, and Dean Bakopoulos: Writers @ Grinnell

April 28, 2021 - 7:00pm
Prairie Lights Virtual - Zoom

Please join us with Writers @ Grinnell for a conversation between Made for Love author Alissa Nutting, showrunner Christina Lee, and Dean Bakopolous about the adaptation of the novel to TV.

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HBO Max’s new hit series Made for Love, was co-created by Assistant Professor of English Alissa Nutting (executive producer) who shepherded the TV adaptation of her acclaimed 2017 novel of the same name alongside showrunner Christina Lee (Search Party). Starring Cristin Milioti, Billy Magnussen, Ray Romano, and Noma Dumezweni, Made for Love follows the adventures of Hazel Green as she attempts to escape her sociopathic tech-billionaire husband, Byron.   Writers @ Grinnell director Dean Bakopoulos, also a writer/executive producer of the series, will talk to Nutting and Lee about the challenges *and fun!) of adapting a novel for TV.

Alissa Nutting is the author of the novels Made for Love, New York Times editor's choice selection, and Tampa, the film version of which is in development at HBO, as well as the story collection Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls, an expanded/revised version of which is being rereleased in Summer 2018 as part of Ecco's "Art of the Story" series. A nonfiction book of her comedic essays is forthcoming from Ecco in 2019. Her fiction and essays have appeared in publications such as Tin House, BOMB, Elle, Real Simple, BuzzFeed, and many others. She is currently at work on two television projects--one animated in development with Cartoon Network, the other based on her recent novel and being co-written with Dean Bakopoulos for Paramount Studios. She is an assistant professor of English and writer-in-residence at Grinnell College.

Dean Bakopoulos’ first novel, Please Don’t Come Back from the Moon, was a New York Times Notable Book; he co-wrote and co-produced the film adaptation, which debuted at the 2017 Los Angeles Film Festival starring Jeffrey Wahlberg and Rashida Jones. His second novel, My American Unhappiness, was named one of the year’s best novels by The Chicago Tribune, and his third novel, Summerlong was an independent bookstore bestseller and is now in development as a feature film based on Bakopoulos' original screenplay. His fiction, essays, and op-eds have appeared in Zoetrope, Tin House, Virginia QuarterlyReview, Real Simple, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Progressive, The Los Angeles Times, and The New York Times. The winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship, as well as NEA fellowships in both fiction (2006) and creative nonfiction (2016), Bakopoulos is writer-in-residence at Grinnell College and also teaches in the Warren Wilson MFA Program. He is also co-writing the television adaptation of Alissa Nutting's novel, Made for Love, for Paramount Studios.