Monthly Archives: March 2013

44th anniversay of JKT’s death

JKT's final resting place.  Photo taken 3/26/12. Message left to Toole on the paper had been washed away by the rain.

JKT’s final resting place. Photo taken 3/26/12. Message left to Toole on the paper had been washed away by the rain.

Today is the 44th anniversary of John Kennedy Toole’s death. Every year this day makes me ponder the question of “why” someone so talented, someone with so much promise, would take his own life.

A few months ago The Daily Beast published some new findings I made on his death.  At least for me, this story brings a kind of rationale to his untimely end.  You can read “The Professor and the Doomsday Clock” here.

Rest in Peace, Professor Toole.

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BBC on A Confederacy of Dunces: the Movie

BBC’s Matt Wells takes a fresh look at the story behind A Confederacy of Dunces and why attempts to make the novel into a film seem to be cursed:

Curse of the Confederacy of Dunces – BBC 4 Radio


March 18, 2013 · 10:06 pm

Paperback Release, Talks and the BBC


Some new developments in the past few weeks:

The paperback for Butterfly in the Typewriter will be released at the end of March with a new cover as pictured above. Look closely–JKT’s face is made of typewriter letters.  Pretty cool, I think.  With the release of the paperback this means your last chance to pick up a hardcover edition draws near.

On March 11 at 11 a.m. EST (16:00 GMT) the BBC Radio 4 will air the show “Curse of the Dunces.”  I participated in this production. It will be of particular interest to those of you who are intrigued by the attempts to adapt Confederacy into a film.

I have two more talks scheduled. At the end of March I will be at the Virginia Festival of the Book in Charlottesville, VA. Our panel will be at the University of Virginia Bookstore. The last time I was there I was buying books for my last graduate seminar, so it will be quite meaningful to return to sign my own book.

I will also be speaking at the Gaithersburg Book Festival in Maryland on May 18. More details to follow.

Other dates can be seen here.

Lastly, I am happy to announce Butterfly has been nominated for the Library of Virginia 2013 Literary Award. Finalists will be announced this summer.

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