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Louis Sachar on writing for film

Posted at 8:52 PM on October 19, 2008 by Euan Kerr

Believe it or not, it's been 10 years since Louis Sachar's Newbery Award-winning novel "Holes" first came out.

His publishers are celebrating by releasing a 10th anniversary edition and sending him out on tour. He'll be in Minnesota at the end of the week, with a signing at the Red Balloon bookstore in St Paul on Thursday and the Wayzata Community Church on Friday, both reading start at 7pm.

It's also been five years since the movie version of "Holes" hit the silver screen, with an all-star cast including Sigourney Weaver, Jon Voight, Tim Blake Nelson and a young Shia LaBeouf. The movie was a lot of fun, perhaps because Sachar wrote the screenplay.

One of the features of the 10th anniversary edition of "Holes" is a section on how he adapted his own novel for the screen and then a segment of the screenplay itself, cross referenced with the applicable pages in the novel. It's not going to explain much to a hard-core film fan, but as an introduction to the adaptation process for youngsters, it's really cool stuff.

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