PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) – In his debut novel, Thomas Sweterlitsch destroys Pittsburgh.
He says it’s a love letter to the city and “there’s no better way to write a love letter to a city then to completely obliterate it off of the face of the Earth.”
Sweterlitsch joined “The KDKA Morning News” with Larry Richert and John Shumway to talk about the new book “Tomorrow and Tomorrow.”
Sweterlitsch came to Pittsburgh from Canton, Ohio in 1997 to attend Carnegie Mellon University, where he majored in creative writing and has been here ever since. He says he wrote “Tomorrow and Tomorrow” during his free time while working for the Carnegie Library. It took him about two years.
In the post-apocalyptic novel, Sweterlitsch says that the book, “is set 10 years after Pittsburgh is eviscerated in a terrorist attack and the main character is one of the few survivors and he’s able to relive his lost memories of the city, his lost loves, by interacting with a fully immersive digital reconstruction of Pittsburgh.”
He says, “Most of the book takes place in a very recognizable Pittsburgh. You can really walk the streets as I describe it.”
The novel that officially came out on July 10 has already been optioned by Sony Pictures to possibly become a movie. Sweterlitsch says he’d like the film to be shot here, but he doesn’t have a say in that.
“Tomorrow and Tomorrow” is available wherever books are sold.
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