The University of Minnesota Press is going Hollywood. The Minneapolis-based university press announced Thursday that it is collaborating with the Weinstein Company to release a movie-tie-in edition of Christopher Isherwood’s novel, A Single Man, originally published by Simon & Schuster in 1964, and reissued by UPM in 2001. The press has sold 10,000 copies of its paperback edition since its publication.
The movie-tie-in edition of A Single Man will be released with a 25,000-copy print run on Dec. 1, to coincide with the movie, A Single Man, which will open on December 11 in a limited U.S. theatre run, with a general theatre run opening on December 25. The movie, which is directed by Tom Ford and stars Colin Firth and Julianne Moore, received rave reviews at a preview screening at the Venice Film Fest. It earned two awards there: best gay-themed film and best actor for Firth’s portrayal of a day in the life of a middle-aged gay man after the sudden death of his life partner.
This month, with the approval of the Weinstein Company, UMP is launching a Web site,
(www.asingleman-book.com), that will promote both book and movie, with reading group tools, movie news and trailers, and multimedia links, as well as general information about A Single Man and Isherwood's other works. UMP has published more than a dozen of the prolific British author’s books, from his early work, such as The Memorial and Lions and Shadows, through his later and more well-known works, such as Prater Violet, Down There on a Visit, and Christopher and His Kind.