The Hoffman Center in Manzanita will host coastal writer Matt Love Saturday, Nov. 24 at 7:30 for a special presentation on his book “Sometimes A Great Movie: Paul Newman, Ken Kesey And The Filming Of The Great Oregon Novel.” A screening of the film itself will follow.
Admission is $7 and refreshments will be available.
In June 1970, the biggest movie star in the world traveled to the Oregon Coast to film an epic novel about a defiant family of loggers written by a homegrown counterculture hero. The star was Paul Newman. The author was Ken Kesey. The story was “Sometimes a Great Notion” and it has a fanatical following in the Pacific Northwest.
What ensued was a wild working vacation between Hollywood and Oregonians involving beer, sex, scotch, loggers, beaches, and perhaps, a spectacularly vandalized pool table. In his book, author Matt Love documents the legend of that magical summer and presents over a 125 never-before-seen photographs, including many in color.
“I first became interested in the story after Ken Kesey died in 2001, when I heard a remarkable tale from an eyewitness who claimed that during the movie shoot, Paul Newman cut the legs off a pool table with a chain saw in a Toledo bar,” said Love. “I wanted to discover if the story was true. In the course of four years, I interviewed close to a hundred people connected to the filming and collected hundreds of incredibly candid photographs. I think I’ve ended up with a truly fun and poignant narrative about a unprecedented earthy collaboration between Hollywood and a place where they went on location to make a movie.”
Matt Love is the author/editor of eight books about Oregon, including, the best selling “Far Out Story of Vortex I”, “Citadel of the Spirit: Oregon’s Sesquicentennial Anthology”, and “Gimme Refuge: The Education of a Caretaker”.
In 2009, Love won the Oregon Literary Arts’ Stewart H. Holbrook Literary Legacy Award for his contributions to Oregon history and literature. He lives in South Beach and teaches English and journalism at Newport High School. He’s currently working on a novel about teaching in a public high school.