Author Rachel Kushner will select a batch of films at the 42nd Telluride Film Festival, set to run from September 4-7.

Kushner’s selections along with the rest of the Telluride line-up will remain secret until opening day.

In what festival organisers hailed as a rare co-presentation between Telluride and the San Francisco International Film Festival, Kushner will present the 1970 film Wanda on April 25 at the Castro Theatre.

Barbara Loden’s film screened at the 2005 Telluride Film Festival as guest director Don DeLillo’s selection.

“Rachel was a natural choice as the 42nd TFF guest director,” said Telluride Film Festival executive director Julie Huntsinger.

“Our audience will be as grateful as Tom and I have been to listen to her thoughts and insight and see the outstanding film choices she has made. We actually owe a huge debt of thanks to our past guest director Michael Ondaatje for urging us to work with her. “

Kushner is the only author to become a National Book Award finalist for her first and second novels – Telex From Cuba and The Flamethrowers.