Howard Rodman
Howard A. Rodman is the author of the novel THE GREAT EASTERN — a sprawling, lavish anticolonial adventure, set in New York, London, Paris, India, and the North Atlantic in the late 1800s — forthcoming June 4, 2019 from Melville House Books/Penguin Random House. Jonathan Lethem calls it “A historical phantasmagoria and ripping adventure. Like twelve of your favorite movies at once, in full Sensurround." Rodman’s earlier novel DESTINY EXPRESS, set in the pre-War German filmmaking community, was published by Atheneum and blurbed by Thomas Pynchon, who called it "daringly imagined, darkly romantic—a moral thriller."

As a screenwriter, Rodman wrote SAVAGE GRACE, with Julianne Moore and Eddie Redmayne, nominated for Best Screenplay at the 2009 Spirit Awards, and AUGUST, starring Josh Hartnett and David Bowie. He also wrote JOE GOULD'S SECRET, the opening night film of the Sundance Film Festival, based on the memoir by iconic New Yorker writer Joseph Mitchell.

He is the past president of the Writers Guild of America West; professor of screenwriting at USC's School of Cinematic Arts; a member of the National Film Preservation Board; and an artistic director of the Sundance Screenwriting Labs.

Working with the Library Foundation of Los Angeles and USC, Rodman has conducted public conversations with writers Tom Wolfe, Walter Mosley, Ricky Jay, Geoff Dyer, Robert Polito, Lena Dunham, Spike Jonze, Vince Gilligan, Matthew Weiner, Paul Thomas Anderson, Jean-Claude Carrière, Robert Towne, John Sayles, Mark Z. Danielewski, John McWhorter, Jeannette Seaver, Joan Schenkar, and Lady Antonia Fraser.

In the late 70s and early 80s, Rodman was a guitarist in several lower Manhattan post-punk bands, including Arsenal and Made in USA. Rodman's 2011 celebration of the centennial of the French silent cinema arch-villain Fantômas took him to Yale, Brown, the New School, and City Lights Books.

In 2013, in recognition of his contributions, he was named a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres [Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters] by the government of France. He was also the 2018 inductee to the Final Draft Screenwriters Hall of Fame.
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The Great Eastern Cover
Author: Howard Rodman
Release Date: June 08, 2021
A dazzling, inventive literary adventure story in which Captain Ahab confronts Captain Nemo and the dark cultural stories represented by both characters are revealed in cliffhanger fashion.A sprawling adventure pitting two of literature's most iconic...
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