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Sayles enjoys 'A Moment' on book tour

By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
July 15, 2011

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Director-writer John Sayles's new work of fiction, ''A Moment in the Sun,'' is so long (almost 1,000 pages) that he's managed to avoid reading the same passage twice during his long, cross-country book tour. On Wednesday night, before Sayles shared an excerpt from the book to a crowd at the Duxbury Public Library, he explained to us that his Massachusetts tour stops have been especially nice. After all, the Williams College grad told us happily, ''I got to swim in the ocean this morning.'' One of the special guests at Sayles's local reading was his friend Chris Cooper, a longtime Sayles collaborator who will star in Sayles's next film, ''Amigo,'' which hits theaters in Boston this fall. The Kingston-based, Oscar-winning actor sat politely in the back row while Sayles read from the book and took questions. Sayles told us that Cooper wouldn't be the only pal he'd be seeing during his trip; he had plans yesterday to stop in Marblehead to visit composer Mason Daring, another longtime collaborator who contributed music to Sayles movies such as ''Lone Star'' and ''Sunshine State.'' Sayles's audience for the reading included Duxbury Library director Carol Jankowski, Sayles's wife, and occasional collaborator, Maggie Renzi, and Brooke McDonough, who's one of the new bosses at Westwinds Bookshop, which hosted the night. McDonough told us that Cooper's wife, Marianne Leone, helped set up the reading and that she couldn't make it herself because she's filming a Farrelly brothers movie. We assume she's talking about the ''The Three Stooges,'' a comedy reboot the Rhode Island directors are filming after years of planning.