Pub­lish­ing in­dus­try in a mess, says Har­vey

The Compass - - EDI­TO­RIAL OPIN­ION -

“I didn’t have to per­form like a trained mon­key,” he said. “I just had to sit in a seat and watch what I had al­ready done and hope the pop­corn didn’t hit the back of my head. Plus, the event sold out, which helped.”

Har­vey’s al­ready moved on to more films. He re­cently wrapped up “ Con­fes­sion,” shot in se­quence in just one day on Su­per 8mm film and edited in-cam­era. The film was shot in the Basil­ica, park­ing lots and stores with­out any per­mis­sion, in a get-in-and-get-out style.

“ We only had one con­fronta­tion, at a su­per­mar­ket chain, when the as­sis­tant man­ager came over and asked us what we were do­ing. With cam­era in hand, I re­as­sured him that we were up to noth­ing im­por­tant, that we would be done in a few min­utes and be gone. He kindly let us get on with our busi­ness and walked off, only to spin around in hor­ror when the lead ac­tress, my el­dest daugh­ter Katie, swiped a long row of bags of candy off a shelf onto the floor. It was the shot I needed. What could I do? I guess I’ll have to go to con­fes­sion on Sun­day.”

“It’s a Girl,” about a baby that goes over a cliff in a crib, is a “creepy lit­tle film” shot in black and white, Har­vey said, meant to be a com­pan­ion to his lat­est novel, “ Rein­vent­ing the Rose.” That book, which hit lo­cal book­stores around the mid­dle of June, was first pub­lished in Rus­sia last year, and quickly be­came a best­seller.

Part emo­tional thriller and part le­gal drama, the novel fol­lows Anna, a St. John’s artist, in a bat­tle against her gyne­col­o­gist boyfriend, Kevin. Once Anna dis­cov­ers she’s preg­nant, Kevin takes le­gal ac­tion against her, seek­ing the ter­mi­na­tion of the em­bryo as a “re­turn of prop­erty.”

When asked his per­sonal view on abor­tion, Har­vey, who wrote two dif­fer­ent end­ings for the book (and de­signed the cover), said he “stands for what is right for the in­di­vid­ual.” “Ei­ther de­ci­sion lingers,” he said. “Rein­vent­ing the Rose” is pub­lished by Dun­durn Press.

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