Perrotta offers 'Leftovers'
Belmont author Tom Perrotta’s getting a lot of press - much of it positive - for his new book, “The Leftovers.’’ (Three mentions in The New York Times in a week seems like a lot, no?) Tuesday, the author dubbed “the Steinbeck of suburbia’’ treated a crowd of fans to a passage from the novel during a reading at Porter Square Books in Cambridge. There were a few familiar faces in the crowd, including Oscar winner Chris Cooper and his wife, Marianne, writer Janet Tashjian, and Providence-based author Ann Hood, with whom Perrotta has something in common: Hood’s semi-autobiographical novel, “The Knitting Circle,’’ will soon be an HBO film starring Katherine Heigl, while “The Leftovers’’ is being turned into a series by HBO. Perrotta will be reading again Sept. 19 at the Harvard Book Store.