An Evening with Jerry Stahl

Author of the critically acclaimed memoir and film, Permanent Midnight

Jerry Stahl's fiction and non-fiction have appeared everywhere from The Village Voice to Hustler, from Esquire and Detials to Playboy and the New York Times. He has written exclusively for television and film, including the highest-rated episodes of "CSI."

His first book, the highly acclaimed memoir Permanent Midnight, was made into a film starring Ben Stiller and Maria Bello. It's not pretty and it's not "professional," but it's Jerry Stahl's true story of his life as a writer. Beginning his career in the adult film industry, Stahl later wrote fake letters for Penthouse and articles for Hustler before moving on to write scripts for such TV hits as "Moonlighting," "Thirtysomething," and "Alf," jobs that put almost $7,000 a week in his bank account.

Permanent Midnight is also the story of Stahl's addictions to smack, coke, crack and more. Moving between $100 Los Angeles lunches and meetings with Cybill Shepherd to dangerous scores in the worst parts of the city, Stahl managed to lose his family, his house, his screenwriting opportunity for the second season of "Twin Peaks," and nearly his life. Permanent Midnight is not for people with delicate sensibilities or any other low thresholds for truth. Stahl's autobiography provides no glitzy Hollywood confessional with raised letters on the dust jacket, and it's not a self-help book on recovery. Instead, it explores, with brutal honesty and humor, the author's struggle between the nightmares of addiction and the nightmares of sobriety.

He has also published four novels: Pain Killers, Perv: A Love Story, Plainclothes Naked and I, Fatty, a faux-memoir of silent film star Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, which has been optioned by Johnny Depp, and Love Without, a collection of stories. Residing in Los Angeles, he is currently completing a movie about Ernest Hemingway for HBO and James Gandolfini.

Jerry Stahl will host an intimate evening at Merrimack Hall to discuss his memoir, novels, and experience as a former heroin addict. The following day, Mr. Stahl will teach a screenwriting workshop, "My Life, The Movie."

Watch the trailer for Permanent Midnight.

Schedule of events:

Friday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m.: An evening with Jerry Stahl. He will speak about his adventures in Hollywood, followed by a Q&A and book signing.
Saturday, Oct. 31 at 10 a.m.: Two-hour screenwriting workshop with Mr. Stahl: "My Life, The Movie."

Praise for Jerry Stahl:

"Permanent Midnight is one of the most harrowing and toughest accounts ever written in this century about what it means to be a junkie in America" Booklist

"Absolutely compelling ... Permanent Midnight is an extraordinary accomplishment ... A remarkable book that will be of great value to people who feel isolated, alienated, and overwhelmed by the circumstances of their lives." Hubert Selby, Jr., author of Last Exit to Brooklyn

Support for this program has been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Alabama State Council on the Arts

October 30-31, 2009

Friday, Oct. 30:

7 p.m.: An Evening with Jerry Stahl

Saturday, Oct. 31:

10 a.m.: Screenwriting workshop with Jerry Stahl


Evening with: $25.00

Workshop: $25.00

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