– Posted by Misha.
This summer The Seattle Public Library, in partnership with Seattle Arts & Lectures, is excited to offer a summer reading program for adults called Summer Book Bingo! In order to help you along on your quest to complete your bingo sheet, we have pulled together some book suggestions based on each category. Stay tuned for more throughout the summer!
Every year I love to put together our Oscars slash “Made into a Movie” display at the Central Library, so I was thrilled to see “Turned into a Movie” as a Summer Book Bingo category. What is amazing every year is to see just how many films are made with novels, nonfiction, short stories or comics as source material. Hollywood has caught on to what so many readers already know–that some of the best stories are already out there and that fans of the book will usually go see the movie, too.
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Posted by Eric G.
John Green’s popular and acclaimed novel The Fault in Our Stars gets the big screen treatment this week! Here are some books that form a complementary reading constellation.
Somebody Up There Hates You by Hollis Seamon
On the surface this story of cancer-stricken teens seems very similar to Green’s novel, but this humorous, moving story stands on its own. The snarky narrator Richard doesn’t have long to live, but is making the most of his remaining days in the hospice wing with Sylvie, another teen awaiting the same fate. Continue reading “Romantic Wednesdays: If You Liked The Fault in Our Stars”
Hollywood looking to books for inspiration is not a “novel” idea. (Ahem.) Certainly the upcoming slate of 2014 theatrical releases is no different. After the runaway success of the Hunger Games and Twilight sagas, teen fiction will continue to provide fodder for the multiplex with adaptations of Vampire Academy, Divergent, The Fault in Our Stars, even Lois Lowry’s two decade old tale of dystopia, The Giver (starring Meryl Streep no less) coming down the pipeline over the next eleven months. Of course, we’ll also be seeing big releases of some of the most popular adult novels of the last several years, including Fifty Shades of Grey, and Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, the latter being filmed by Zodiac and The Social Network director David Fincher. I thought it might be prudent to mention some slightly lesser-read works so you can place that hold right now, before the rest of the city is on to you. Continue reading “Movie Mondays: See the Movies of Tomorrow Today (In Your Mind)!”
It has been three long years since a Coen brothers film graced the silver screen. Thankfully, the drought ends this month with the release of their sixteenth feature, Inside Llewyn Davis. The film follows a struggling singer-songwriter in the burgeoning New York folk scene of the early 1960s. Want to get the most out of the film as you possibly can? Try a few of these items available at the Library to give you a leg up on the guy rudely chomping away on a bucket of popcorn next to Continue reading “Movie Mondays: The ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ Primer”