Telluride Library: Author, “Ordinary People,” 9/28

Telluride’s five-star Wilkinson Public Library hosts a conversation and meet-and-greet with “Ordinary People” author Judith Guest. The event takes place Thursday, September 28, 6 p.m. The movie, “Ordinary People,” is scheduled to be shown at the library on Saturday, September 30, 6 p.m. Scroll down to watch the trailer.

Judith Guest

Published in 1976, Judith Guest’s first book, “Ordinary People,” was made into the 1980 film “Ordinary People,” which won the Academy Award for Best Picture.

In “Ordinary People,” the Jarrets are a typical American family. Calvin is a determined, successful provider and Beth is an organized, efficient wife. They had two sons, Conrad and Buck, but only one is still alive.

Guest takes the reader into the Jarrets’ lives to share their misunderstandings, pain, and ultimate healing. “Ordinary People” is an extraordinary novel about an “ordinary” family divided by pain, yet bound by their struggle to heal.

Guest’s most recent book, “The Tarnished Eye” (2004), is loosely based on a real unsolved crime that took place in her native Michigan.

Guest will be in town visiting her granddaughter, local resident Olivia LaVercombe, and helping to promote the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Colorado Chapter’s Southwest Colorado “Out of the Darkness Walk” on Saturday, September 30, 9:30 a.m.(Registration at 8:30 a.m.)

The movie, “Ordinary People,” will be shown at the library on Saturday, September 30, 6 p.m.

“Adapted from Judith Guest’s 1976 novel, ‘Ordinary People’ is an elegantly restrained drama about the Jarrett family, shattered by tragedy after an accident leaves their elder son dead and their surviving son crippled by grief. Mary Tyler Moore and Donald Sutherland star as parents who once seemed to have it all and Hutton, in his first major film role, broke America’s collective heart as Conrad, the son left behind. Judd Hirsch costarred as the therapist who helps him. A young Elizabeth McGovern played Conrad’s love interest.”

Judith Guest will introduce the film.

More about Judith Guest:

Judith Guest was born in Detroit, Michigan and graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in Education. Her first novel, “Ordinary People,” was made into a movie by Robert Redford and won six Academy Awards, including Best Picture for 1980.

Guest has written six other novels, several screenplays, including one calle”Rachel River.”

She is currently at work on a TV series based on her mystery novel,”The Tarnished Eye.”

Judith Guest has three children and seven grandchildren and spends half of each year in Minnesota and the other half in Michigan.

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