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Book to TV – The Strain

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

The Strain, the 10-episode TV series based on the vampire novel trilogy by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, is coming to the FX Network in July.  Click here for the exclusive preview.

The books in the trilogy are:

The Strain.

“A Boeing 777 arrives at JFK and is on its way across the tarmac, when it suddenly stops dead. All window shades are pulled down. All lights are out. All communication channels have gone quiet. Crews on the ground are lost for answers, but an alert goes out to the CDC. Dr. Eph Goodweather, head of their Canary project, a rapid-response team that investigates biological threats, gets the call and boards the plane. What he finds makes his blood run cold.

In a pawnshop in Spanish Harlem, a former professor and survivor of the Holocaust named Abraham Setrakian knows something is happening. And he knows the time has come, that a war is brewing . . .

So begins a battle of mammoth proportions as the vampiric virus that has infected New York begins to spill out into the streets. Eph, who is joined by Setrakian and a motley crew of fighters, must now find a way to stop the contagion and save his city – a city that includes his wife and son – before it is too late.  (HarperCollins)

The Fall.

The war continues…




The Night Eternal.

The Night Eternal begins where The Strain and The Fall left off: with the last remnants of humankind enslaved by the vampire masters in a world forever shrouded by nuclear winter. Still, a small band of the living fights on in the shadows, in the final book of the ingenious dark fantasy trilogy that Newsweek says is, “good enough to make us break that vow to swear off vampire stories.”



Book to TV – The Leftovers

Friday, June 6th, 2014

The HBO series, The Leftovers, based on Tom Perrotta’s novel and starring Justin Theroux, Liv Tyler, Christopher Eccleston, Amy Brenneman, Michael Gaston and Ann Dowd, premieres June 29. Click here for a trailer.

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“What if—whoosh, right now, with no explanation—a number of us simply vanished? Would some of us collapse? Would others of us go on, one foot in front of the other, as we did before the world turned upside down?

That’s what the bewildered citizens of Mapleton, who lost many of their neighbors, friends and lovers in the event known as the Sudden Departure, have to figure out. Because nothing has been the same since it happened—not marriages, not friendships, not even the relationships between parents and children.

Kevin Garvey, Mapleton’s new mayor, wants to speed up the healing process, to bring a sense of renewed hope and purpose to his traumatized community. Kevin’s own family has fallen apart in the wake of the disaster: his wife, Laurie, has left to join the Guilty Remnant, a homegrown cult whose members take a vow of silence; his son, Tom, is gone, too, dropping out of college to follow a sketchy prophet named Holy Wayne. Only Kevin’s teenaged daughter, Jill, remains, and she’s definitely not the sweet “A” student she used to be. Kevin wants to help her, but he’s distracted by his growing relationship with Nora Durst, a woman who lost her entire family on October 14th and is still reeling from the tragedy, even as she struggles to move beyond it and make a new start.”


Books to TV – Longmire

Friday, May 16th, 2014

A&E’s Longmire, the Western crime drama based on the Walt Longmire mystery series by Craig Johnson, begins its third season on Monday, June 2.

The 10th Longmire novel, Any Other Name (Find in our catalog),  came out  May 13.

This is what it says in our catalog: “Sheriff Walt Longmire had already rounded up a sizable posse of devoted readers when the A&E television series Longmire sent the Wyoming lawman’s popularity skyrocketing. Now, with three consecutive New York Times bestsellers to his name and the second season of Longmire reaching an average of 5.4 million viewers per episode, Craig Johnson is reaching a fan base that is both fiercely loyal and ever growing. In Any Other Name, Walt is sinking into high-plains winter discontent when his former boss, Lucian Conally, asks him to take on a mercy case in an adjacent county. Detective Gerald Holman is dead and Lucian wants to know what drove his old friend to take his own life. With the clock ticking on the birth of his first grandchild, Walt learns that the by-the-book detective might have suppressed evidence concerning three missing women. Digging deeper, Walt uncovers an incriminating secret so dark that it threatens to claim other lives even before the sheriff can serve justice–Wyoming style” (Provided by publisher)

Twelve Longmire short stories, including a new one, come out October 21 in Wait For Signs.


Book to TV – Rosemary’s Baby

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Enjoy the remake of Flowers in the Attic? Prepare for another blast from the past. Ira Levin’s 1967 novel Rosemary’s Baby (find it in our catalog) is coming to NBC as a two-part series, which began Sunday, May 11.

Here’s what it says about the book in our catalog:

“Rosemary Woodhouse and her struggling actor husband Guymove into the Bramford, an old New York City apartment buildingwith an ominous reputation and mostly elderly residents. Neighbors Roman and Minnie Castavet soon come nosing around towelcome the Woodhouses to the building, and despite Rosemary’sreservations about their eccentricity and the weird noises that shekeeps hearing, her husband takes a special shine to them. Shortly after Guy lands a plum Broadway role, Rosemary becomes pregnant, and the Castavets start taking a special interestin her welfare. As the sickened Rosemary becomes increasingly isolated, she begins to suspect that the Castavets’ circle is not what it seems…” – (Norton Pub)

“A masterpiece of spellbinding suspense, where evil wears the most innocent face of all…” – (WW Norton)


Book to Movie – Invisible Woman

Monday, January 13th, 2014

The Invisible Woman (click here for Sony Classics trailer), starring Ralph Fiennes (who also directed) and Felicity Jones as Charles Dickens and his mistress Nelly Ternan, opened December 25.

The film is based on the book, The Invisible Woman: The Story of Nelly Ternan and Charles Dickens by Claire Tomalin (Find this book in our collection).

Here’s what it says about the book in our catalog:  “Now a major motion picture directed by Ralph Fiennes, co-starring Fiennes and Felicity Jones with Michelle Fairley, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Tom Hollander: the unforgettable story of Charles Dickens’s mistress Nelly Ternan, and of the secret relationship that linked them.

When Charles Dickens and Nelly Ternan met in 1857, she was 18: a professional actress performing in his production of The Frozen Deep. He was 45: a literary legend, a national treasure, married with ten children. This meeting sparked a love affair that lasted over a decade, destroying Dickens’s marriage and ending with Nelly’s near-disappearance from the public record. In this remarkable work of biography, Claire Tomalin rescues Nelly from obscurity, not only returning the neglected actress to her rightful place in history, but also giving us a compelling and truthful account of the great Victorian novelist. Through Dickens’s diaries, correspondence, address books, and photographs, Tomalin is able to reconstruct the relationship between Charles and Nelly, bringing it to vivid life. The result is a riveting literary detective story—and a portrait of a singular woman.” – (Random House, Inc.)



Book to Movie – Lone Survivor

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Both Tina Brown and Glenn Beck called Lone Survivor, based on the 2007 bestseller by Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell (Find the book in our catalog) one of the best war movies ever. The promo for the movie is bringing new attention to the book.  It went back onto the 12/8/13 NYT Paperback Nonfiction Bestsellers list.  The movie is due out for limited release on December 25, 2013 and general release in January 2014.

Here’s what it says about the book in our catalog:  “Four US Navy SEALS departed one clear night in early July, 2005 for the mountainous Afghanistan-Pakistan border for a reconnaissance mission. Their task was to document the activity of an al Qaeda leader rumored to have a small army in a Taliban stronghold. Five days later, only one of those Navy SEALS made it out alive. This is the story of the only survivor of Operation Redwing, SEAL team leader Marcus Luttrell, and the extraordinary firefight that led to the largest loss of life in American Navy SEAL history. His squadmates fought valiantly beside him until he was the only one left alive, blasted by an RPG into a place where his pursuers could not find him. Over the next four days, terribly injured and presumed dead, Luttrell crawled for miles through the mountains and was taken in by sympathetic villagers who risked their lives to keep him safe from surrounding Taliban warriors. A born and raised Texan, Marcus Luttrell takes us from the rigors of SEAL training, where he and his fellow SEALs discovered what it took to join the most elite of the American special forces, to a fight in the desolate hills of Afghanistan for which they never could have been prepared. His account of his squadmates’ heroism and mutual support renders an experience for which two of his squadmates were posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for combat heroism that is both heartrending and life-affirming. In this rich chronicle of courage and sacrifice, honor and patriotism, Marcus Luttrell delivers a powerful narrative of modern war.” (Little Brown & Co)


Short Story to Movie – The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Planned for release on Christmas Day 2013 is Ben Stiller’s  The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (see clips), adapted from James Thurber’s short story. The most famous of Thurber’s stories, it first appeared in The New Yorker on March 18, 1939, and was first collected in his book My World and Welcome to It. It has since been reprinted in James Thurber: Writings and Drawings, and is one of the most frequently anthologized short stories in American literature. The story is considered one of Thurber’s “acknowledged masterpieces”. It was made into a 1947 movie of the same name, with Danny Kaye in the title role, though the movie is very different from the original story.


Book to TV – Flowers in the Attic

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

V. C. Andrews’ 1979 novel, Flowers in the Attic (Find this book in our catalog) has been adapted as a Lifetime movie, to air on January 18. Ellen Burstyn is cast in the role of the evil matriarch.

Click here for trailers.

Here’s what it says about the book in our catalog:


“The four Dollanganger children had such perfect lives — a beautiful mother, a doting father, a lovely home. Then Daddy was killed in a car accident, and Momma could no longer support the family. So she began writing letters to her parents, her millionaire parents, whom the children had never heard of before.

Momma tells the children all about their rich grandparents, and how Chris and Cathy and the twins will live like princes and princesses in their grandparents’ fancy mansion. The children are only too delighted by the prospect. But there are a few things that Momma hasn’t told them.

She hasn’t told them that their grandmother considers them “devil’s spawn” who should never have been born. She hasn’t told them that she has to hide them from their grandfather if she wants to inherit his fortune. She hasn’t told them that they are to be locked away in an abandoned wing of the house with only the dark, airless attic to play in. But, Momma promises, it’s only for a few days….

Then the days stretch into months, and the months into years. Desperately isolated, terrified of their grandmother, and increasingly convinced that their mother no longer cares about them, Chris and Cathy become all things to the twins and to each other. They cling to their love as their only hope, their only strength — a love that is almost stronger than death.” (Simon and Schuster)


Book to Movie – The Book Thief

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Click here for the official international trailer that has been released for The Book Thief (official site), a Fox 2000 film based on Markus Zusak’s bestselling novel. The film, directed by Brian Percival directed and starring Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, Sophie Nelisse and Ben Schnetzer, was released domestically November 8.  The official website includes a book discussion guide.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (Find this book in our catalog).  “It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.

Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.

In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak, author of I Am the Messenger, has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.”(Random House, Inc.)




Book to Movie – 12 Years a Slave

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Indiewire reported that Steve McQueen’s film 12 Years a Slave, based on the book by Solomon Northup, took this year’s Toronto International Film Festival People’s Choice Award. The movie, which stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael K. Williams and Michael Fassbender, has been “drawing nothing short of rave reviews.” Indiewire wrote.

Here’s what it says about the book, 12 Years a Slave, in our catalog:

“Perhaps the best written of all the slave narratives, Twelve Years a Slave is a harrowing memoir about one of the darkest periods in American history. It recounts how Solomon Northup, born a free man in New York, was lured to Washington, D.C., in 1841 with the promise of fast money, then drugged and beaten and sold into slavery. He spent the next twelve years of his life in captivity on a Louisiana cotton plantation.

After his rescue, Northup published this exceptionally vivid and detailed account of slave life. It became an immediate bestseller and today is recognized for its unusual insight and eloquence as one of the very few portraits of American slavery produced by someone as educated as Solomon Northup, or by someone with the dual perspective of having been both a free man and a slave.” (Penguin Putnam)