Hopewell Box Goes Hollywood 

A local entertainment company has optioned author Jim Squires’ 1996 political memoir, Secrets of the Hopewell Box, with plans to turn the story about Nashville’s sordid political history into a movie.

Squires, a former Tennessean reporter who went on to become editor of the Chicago Tribune, confirms that Nashville’s Imprint Entertainment has purchased the rights to adapt the memoir into a motion picture.

Meanwhile, Squires says he’s pleased that the Random House book detailing the especially corrupt nature of Nashville politics during the first half of the century has apparently sold out.

“I’m delighted people are buying it. It’s generated sort of a cult following,” Squires says from his home in Versailles, Ky.

Local political junkies who haven’t read the story about stolen votes, political machines, and generally flavorful Southern politics will have a hard time finding the Hopewell Box in mainstream bookstores. All but a few of the 15,000 copies Random House published two years ago are gone.

Bookman Rare and Used Books on 21st Avenue South has bought up some of the city’s few remaining copies, Squires says. That’s because the store is owned by friends, attorney Larry Woods and his wife Saralee. Woods himself has been known to dabble as an advisor in local political races.

“I think he has every book that’s still available,” Squires says. “That’s where I get mine when I need one.

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