MHCC Instructor’s ‘Dora’ Novel May be Made into Movie

Posted: February 4, 2014

Lidia YuknavitchDora, a Headcase, a novel by  Lidia Yuknavitch, Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) instructor, has been optioned by Katherine Brooks of Big Easy Pictures.

Dora, Yuknavitch’s debut novel, was released in September 2012 by Hawthorne Books. She describes it as “a contemporary revision of the Freud/Dora case study. You could call it a girl liberation story. I’ve always wanted to write about messed-up girls, girls with their hair on fire, not-sorry girls, loudmouthed girls.”

Yuknavitch teaches writing, literature, women’s studies and film at MHCC. About the news that her book may be made into a movie, she says, “I am tickled pink that a young woman character, Dora, who uses art rather than sexuality to find her identity, might actually turn into a film” and wonders “how they’ll render the reverse Oedipal Freud scene.”

DoraYuknavitch is also the author of the memoir, The Chronology of Water, which won the 2012 Reader's Choice Oregon Book Award. The book also won the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award. She has written three short story collections: Her Other Mouths, Liberty’s Excess and Real to Reel.  

Brooks’ resume includes The Osbournes, Newlyweds Nick and Jessica and MTV’s The Real World. She also has two award-winning feature films under her belt, Loving Annabelle and Waking Madison.

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