“Being Flynn” and Nick Flynn at the WCU Literary Festival

The author Nick Flynn to present at the 10th Spring Literary Festival at WCU, March 22

This week, Western Carolina University’s Spring Literary Festival included a showing of the new dramatic feature from Academy Award-nominated writer/director Paul Weitz adapted from Nick Flynn’s 2004 memoir, “Another Bullshit Night in Suck City.”

“The movie was very inspiring for a writer who is just starting off to watch. It shows that even through the hard times and struggles, you are always collecting information to help you continue through the journey of life,” said Hope Quinn, sophomore at Western Carolina University.

The story was about the lives of father and son, Jonathan and Nick Flynn. Jonathan was everything but a father to Nick. Other than the occasional letter, Jonathan never spoke to or saw his son for the first 18 years of his life.

Jonathan had always described himself through those letters to his son as a great writer, “a master storyteller.” After walking out on his son and wife, Jonathan barely made it by through cashing forged checks. After getting caught and going in and out of prison, he began to drive his cab for work during the day and live out of it at night. His heavy drinking got in the way of this business, causing him to lose his license as well as his job.

When Jonathan was suddenly evicted from his apartment, he turns to his son Nick. Nick willingly opens his helping arms toward his father by allowing him to put his belongings into his pick-up truck. With that, his father was gone as quickly as he appeared.

Several weeks later, Jonathan ended up with no place else to go other than a homeless shelter. This shelter was unexpectedly where his son was employed. After shamelessly asking for a bed for the night, Nick had to decide for himself how to handle his father parading back into his life.

As the story continues, Nick eventually realizes the chances that he has been given to make both his father and his future a brighter one.

This inspiring film is based on a true story in which Nick Flynn will be speaking about at the Spring Literary Festival on Thursday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Coulter Auditorium.