Journalist and filmmaker Peter Davis
Castine journalist and filmmaker Peter Davis has published his first novel, “Girl of My Dreams,” exploring the business of movies during the 1930s. PHOTO BY ALICIA ANSTEAD

Academy-Award winner Davis to bring newest novel to Jesup

BAR HARBOR — Academy-Award winning filmmaker and acclaimed author Peter Davis will introduce his newest novel, “The Girl of My Dreams,” at the Jesup Memorial Library on Thursday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m. Set against the backdrop of Hollywood in the 1930s, it centers on the seductive and ever-changing love triangle of screenwriter, star and tycoon.

At the heart of the story is Owen Jant, a young screenwriter, who falls in love with the glamorous Palmyra Millevoix, the Hollywood “it girl.” Also pursuing Palmyra is Amos “Mossy” Zangwill, founder of Jubilee Pictures. The author ties in murder, rioting, sex, conspiracy and deception, along with appearances by Clark Gable, Marlene Dietrich, the Prince of Wales, Edward G. Robinson, the famous feuding gossip columnists Louella Parsons and Walter Winchell and legendary San Francisco labor leader Harry Bridges.

“‘Girl of My Dreams’ is irresistible,” says National Book Award-winning author Joan Didion. “It has been a long time since I read anything so interesting in every way.” Christina Baker Kline, author of the New York Times bestselling “Orphan Train” and Mount Desert Island resident says, “Thrumming with kinetic energy, ‘Girl of My Dreams’ is a mad dash through Hollywood in the 1930s. With insight and humor, Peter Davis explores the magic of filmmaking, the vagaries of fame and the lives of the many players and participants – from directors to actors to writers – who populate this outrageous and captivating world.”

Davis won an Academy Award for his documentary “Hearts and Minds,” a film about the war in Vietnam. He is the author of three nonfiction books, covered the war in Iraq for “The Nation” magazine and has written articles for “Esquire,” “The New York Times Magazine” and “Vanity Fair.” He is the son of two Hollywood screenwriters. He now lives in Castine.

Books will be on sale at the Jesup that night with a percentage of sales donated to the library. Sherman’s is a co-sponsor of this event.

For more about Davis, visit For more about the event, contact the Jesup at 288-4245 or [email protected].


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