The book or the movie?

. November 1, 2014.

Nicholas Rombes’s debut novel, The Absolution of Roberto Acestes Laing, brings readers to a world where cinema and reality are intertwined. The story follows Roberto Acestes Laing, a highly regarded filmmaker, whose work is mysteriously burned by an old librarian. Laing agrees to tell the story of his forgotten career to a journalist, but only through a cinematic lens. Rombes teaches at the University of Detroit Mercy, and his writing has appeared in The Believer, Filmmaker Magazine and the Los Angeles Review of Books.

November 12, 7pm. Free. Literati Bookstore, 124 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor, MI, 48104, (734) 585-5567. literatibookstore.com

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