New novel, film adaptations, occupying Michael Farris Smith


The latest novel by Michael Farris Smith, a faculty member at the University of Mississippi for Women, “Blackwood,” will be released on Tuesday, March 3. It will be Smith’s fifth novel in eight years and follows the highly acclaimed “The Fighter,” which has been named on numerous must-read lists and caught the attention of Hollywood.

“I’ve done things in Blackwood that I haven’t done in other novels, in terms of using the unknown, the power of grand storytelling, the possibility of the supernatural or just straightforward nature. of you know there is some evil lurking but you can’t put your finger on where or what it is, ”said Smith, associate professor of English.

“This is also the first time that characters from one novel are found in another novel, with some characters from ‘The Fighter’ found in this story. Each of my novels has been a unique experience for me and, hopefully, for the reader.

In “Blackwood,” Smith remains in his familiar Mississippi landscape, this time venturing into the hills of northern Mississippi, where a kudzu-covered valley sits on the outskirts of a small town and emits ghostly whispers in the city. night. It is characteristic of all of Smith’s work, of tough people in complicated and sometimes overwhelming circumstances, propelled by the unknown, shrouded in a dark and mythical landscape of the Deep South.

Smith’s two most recent novels, “Desperation Road” and “The Fighter,” have been screened for theaters, with a screenplay by Smith for both projects. Her first novel, “Rivers”, is currently in negotiations for development into a television series. “The Fighter”, which will be known as “Rumble Through the Dark” screen, is produced by Cassian Elwes, known for such films as “The Butler”, “Dallas Buyers Club” and “Mudbound”. Parker and Graham Phillips, brother producers and directors, will direct “Rumble through the Dark”, which follows their first feature film “The Bygone”, which was to critical acclaim in early November.

“It’s exciting and interesting. It’s still storytelling, but it’s a different kind of storytelling. Writing the adaptations was like sitting in a room with a bunch of old friends and getting to know them again, ”Farris said of his novels translated into film.

In addition to garnering the attention of the film industry, Smith’s novels have been regularly featured on Best of the Year lists and were finalists for the Southern Book Prize, the Gold Dagger Award in the UK, and the Grand Readers’ Prize in France.

The book tour dates for “Blackwood” are added, with an event scheduled in Columbus at the Rosenzweig Center on Wednesday March 4th.

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