Howard A. Rodman , former president of the Writers Guild of America West, is the author of the novel The Great Eastern published in 2019 by Melville House Books/Penguin Random House. The novel has been praised by Jonathan Lethem, Walter Mosley, Jake Gyllenhaal, Janet Fitch, Steven Soderbergh, the New York Times and many others. His previous novel, Destiny Express, published by Atheneum, was described by Thomas Pynchon as “a boldly imagined, darkly romantic moral thriller”. As a screenwriter, Howard Rodman wrote Savage Grace with Julianne Moore and Eddie Redmayne, nominated for Best Screenplay at the 2009 Spirit Award;, August, with Josh Hartnett and David Bowie; and Joe Gould’s Secret, which opened the Sundance Film Festival. His most recent work was writing on the Max series The Idol, currently airing on Sunday nights. In 2013, in recognition of his contributions, Rodman was in 2013 made a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres de la République française, and in 2023 promoted to Officier. In 2020, he received an Associates Award for Artistic Achievement from USC (University of Southern California), “the highest honor the university bestows on its members for outstanding artistic influence.” In addition to his work with the Guild, Rodman is a Governor of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and a member of the National Film Preservation Board.