Nikki Finke, of Deadline Hollywood, breaks the story about Graham Moore’s screenplay The Imitation Game winning the top spot on the coveted “Black List” by film executive, Franklin Leonard. Moore, the son of former FLOTUS chief of staff Susan Sher, first novel, The Sherlockian, was a fiction hit in 2010.
The Imitation Game by Moore is “the story of British WWII cryptographer Alan Turing, who cracked the German Enigma code and later poisoned himself after being criminally prosecuted for being a homosexual” and is based off the book “Alan Turing: The Enigma.”
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Susan Sher, Graham Moore and Valerie Jarrett at a book party celebrating the publication of Moore's "The Sherlockian"
Graham Moore (right) with Vice President Joe Biden and Susan Sher
Graham Moore, the New York Times best-selling author for his first novel, The Sherlockian, has scored a 7-figure deal with Warner Bros for his script about math genius, Alan Turing, titled The Imitation Game. The script, just like his book, is receiving rave reviews and is reported to have been picked up due to Leonard DiCaprio “chasing the project.”
Moore is no stranger to DC, as his mother, Susan Sher, spent over two years in the White House as Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama. The family even celebrated the release of his first novel at the Vice President’s residence (pictured right).
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For the second time in a week, author Graham Moore graciously thanked his supportive mother, Susan Sher – soon departing the East Wing as the First Lady’s Chief of Staff – while celebrating the publication of his first novel “The Sherlockian,” a new take on the characters of Sherlock Holmes.
Moore was surrounded by friends during the relaxed evening at the home of Hilary Rosen. The party was thrown by his “other mother” Valerie Jarrett who in true mother form told the crowd how Moore had a wild streak growing up. The other “mother” co-hosts were Anita McBride, Tammy Haddad, Rhoda Glickman, Anne Fleming and Anita Dunn.
There to wish the young novelist well and have a few books signed were US Ambassador to Israel Michael Oren and wife Sally, Tom Oliphant, Wolf Blitzer, Sally Quinn, Winston Lord, Lynne Wasserman, John Coale, Mark Leibovich, Jodi Kantor and Mark Ein. Most of the East Wing staff took photos with proud mama and son.
Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden brought together a small gathering of friends, family and media at the Vice President’s residence to celebrate FLOTUS Chief of Staff Susan Sher’s son, Graham Moore, on the publication of his first novel, The Sherlockian, a twist on the Sherlock Holmes characters.
It was a family affair with Moore’s younger brother Evan, Sher’s husband Judge Neil Cohen, and grandfather – young and spry at 92 – Dr. Charles Steiner. Vice President Biden told Moore how Sher told everyone at the White House about her son the novelist and his brother, Evan, a music executive.
The residence glowed with holiday decorations and cheer spread through the intimate crowd as Sher remarked The Sherlockian would make a great Chanukkah or Christmas gift! Friends and fans gathered to greet Christopher Hitchens who helped the first time author and wrote a back cover blurb praising the book. Moore told WHCInsider how proud he is to have ” the great writer Christopher Hitchens as a friend and supporter.”
Also seen: Andrea Mitchell and Alan Greenspan, Robin Sproul, Amy and Rome Hartman, Claire Shipman and Jay Carney, Courtney O’Donnell, Kathy Russell, Howard Fineman and Amy Nathan, and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. SELF‘s new Washington Editor Marc Adelman must have been telling the Vice President a laugh riot joke because he was shaking with laughter.
The Sherlockian is published by TWELVE, the home of the great Christophers – Hitchens and Buckley. For more about the book, check out Graham Moore’s web site thesherlockian.com.
Graham Moore at the White House with actress Rita Wilson and mother, FLOTUS COS Susan Sher, at the screening of HBO’s The Pacific.
Susan Sher’s son, Graham Moore, makes his HuffPost debut!
Graham Moore, is a first time novelist, but to Washingtonian he is the younger son of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Chief of Staff, Susan Sher.
Moore’s first novel, The Sherlockian, will be published in December by 12 Books, home of the great Christophers — Hitchens and Buckley.