Gus Van Sant’s 1991 indie darling My Own Private Idaho perplexed and provoked, inspiring a new ethos for a new decade: being different was better than being good. In her newest book, Gentlemen of the Shade, author Jen Sookfong Lee examines how the film was a coming-of-age for a generation of young people who would embrace the alternative and bring their outsider perspectives to sustainability, technology, gender constructs, and social responsibility. In this media-interactive book launch, Jen Sookfong Lee will look at film clips, media responses, and her own unique exploration of Van Sant’s cult classic.
Jen Sookfong Lee is a Canadian broadcaster, novelist, and radio personality for CBC Radio One. She is the author of The Conjoined, The Better Mother, Shelter, and The End of East. Gentlemen of the Shade was launched this summer on ECW press.
Free event with Festival membership. Books will be for available for sale, cash only.
With support from CMHC – Granville Island.