And the Winner Is… Books to Movies, 2019

Yep: that’s Cate Blanchett, right here in our library!

If Beale Street Could Talk, First Man, BlacKkKlansman, The Wife, Can You Ever Forgive Me? – many films nominated for Oscars this year – and every year – started off as books. 2019 will be a great year for bookish Seattleites, with film adaptations of both Garth Stein’s The Art of Racing in the Rain and Maria Semple’s Where’d You Go Bernadette, the latter featuring scenes filmed in our own Central library!(Digression: Seattle film buffs have to check out these amazing Then and Now videos featuring side by side reshoots of such classic Seattle set films as Cinderella Liberty and Harry and the Hendersons.)

Here are just a some of the other books coming soon to a theater near you:

  • The Aftermath, by Rhidian Brook. Keira Knightley, Alexander Skarsgård, and Jason Clarke star in this taut drama of postwar Berlin, premiering March 15.
  • The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the South, by Osha Gray Davidson. Based on the true story of civil rights lawyer Ann Atwater’s  remarkable struggle with Ku Klux Klan leader, C.P. Ellis. April 5.
  • Motherless Brooklyn, by Jonathan Lethem. Look for a tour de force performance from Edward Norton as the Tourette’s afflicted Lionel Essrog, November 1.
  • The Good Liar, by Nicholas Searle. Ian McKellen is an elderly con man, and Helen Mirren his intended mark. Swoon! Premieres November 15.
  • The Knife of Never Letting Go, by Patrick Ness. This gripping SF trilogy premieres March 1 under the title Chaos Walking, and features Daisy Ridley, Tom Holland, and Nick Jonas.
  • Artemis Fowl, by Eoin Colfer. Expect millennials who grew up on these books to pack the theaters on August 9.
  • Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, by Alvin Schwartz. Meanwhile on August 9, their Gen-X parents will be in another part of the cineplex, watching this.
  • Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase, by Carolyn Keene. …and the Boomers will stay home for the streaming video release of this, in theaters March 15.
  • The Sun is Also a Star, by Nicola Yoon. …while Gen-Z will eat up this hit YA novel, in theaters May 17: how adorable is this publicity still with stars Charles Melton and Yara Shahidi?

We’ve only scratched the surface here, so be sure to check out our full list of 2019 Books to Movies.

    ~ Posted by David W.

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