"The Spectacular Now" Winner at Film Festival

Rose State College humanities professor Tim Tharp’s 2008 young-adult novel “The Spectacular Now,” a finalist for the National Book Award that year, was chosen as winner at Oklahoma City’s deadCENTER Film Festival June 5-9.

Called a “sharply witty coming-of-age story” by the festival, “The Spectacular Now” is the story of Sutter Keely, a high school senior who “lives in the moment and wants everyone to live in the moment,” Tharp said, and “a lot of this involves partying and drinking.” Keely’s life changes, however, when he befriends a high school girl who is a social misfit and he discovers he has a powerful effect on the lives of others.


“What starts as an unlikely romance becomes a sharp-eyed, straight-up snapshot of the heady confusion and haunting passion of youth – one that doesn’t look for tidy truths,” reports the deadCENTER listing on its website. “’The Spectacular Now,’ directed by James Ponsoldt, was selected as the Grand Jury Feature category winner…”

Directed by James Ponsoldt, the film adaptation of “The Spectacular Now” features a cast including Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Shailene Woodley, Brie Larson, Bob Odenkirk, Kyle Chandler and Miles Teller.

In addition to “The Spectacular Now,” Tharp’s other books have garnered acclaim. His first novel, “Falling Dark” (Milkweed Editions), was awarded the Milkweed National Fiction Prize. “Knights of the Hill Country” (Knopf Books for Young Readers), his first novel for young adults, was on the American Library Association’s Best Books of 2007 list. His most recent novel, “BADD” (Knopf, 2011), tells the story of how war affects the family of a returning soldier.

For more information, visit the deadCENTER’s website at http://www.deadcenterfilm.org/

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