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Spike Jonze to sign behind-the-scenes book on 'Wild Things' film Sunday

November 11, 2009 | 11:45 am

The movie "Where the Wild Things Are" has sparked bookish interest around LA. Dave Eggers' young-adult reworking of the tale, "The Wild Things," has been on our hardcover bestsellers list for two weeks. Will the enthusiasm continue for Spike Jonze? The film's director has a "Wild Things"-related book that he'll be signing at the independent bookstore Family on Sunday.

"Heads On and We Shoot" is a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film, with drafts of the screenplay, character sketches, random ephemera (like this on-set playlist) and photographs that reveal the puppetry workings and computer animation. The 240-page oversize book is unusually constructed -- it folds like an accordion -- and includes forwards by both Jonze and Eggers.

On Sunday, Jonze will be signing books and  answering questions. Things are set to get underway at 5 p.m. Be warned: Family is a tiny shop, barely big enough to hold one Wild Thing in full gear.

-- Carolyn Kellogg

Photo: Spike Jonze on the set of his movie "Where the Wild Things Are." Credit: Warner Bros.