Ever since the dawn of the silver screen, film and books have been inextricably linked. Early, grainy film adaptations of horror classics like Dracula and Frankenstein, paved the way for blockbuster Hollywood classics also based on novels: The Wizard of Oz, Gone With the Wind, and Mary Poppins, to name a few.
Now, the 2016 Academy Awards are approaching (you can catch them live, Sunday, February 28th, at 7pm) and few things have changed. Five of this year’s eight best picture nominees are based on books! Take a look at this list and consider reading up if you’ve missed a few of the novels these films were adapted from.
It would be fun to read the novels past nominees and winners were based on, too. I’d love to build that list for you, but I think you’ve got some novels to watch and some films to read– Or maybe the other way around. 😉
Check out our library book totes, reading-themed insulated drink bottles, and our library cookbook! On sale now at reasonable prices.
Our Williamstown Branch Manager, Nancy Morehead is featured on the front page of today’s “Parkersburg News & Sentinel.” Congratulations, Nancy, on a job well done! Our thanks to the newspaper for the excellent article and beautiful photos!
Maeve Binchy, a true Irish storyteller, had her name at the top of Britain’s most popular writers list and the New York Times Best Seller’s List. Binchy’s novels touch on issues such as parent-child relationships and the illusion of love. Her novels do not focus entirely on sex, but their appeal, instead, stems from the author’s creation of the ordinary, identifiable characters who love and sometimes lose.
Binchy, as a child would spend her holidays in what she called, “far flung places.” “I wrote marvellous long, rambling letters home from these trips, editing out the bits they didn’t need to know, bits of falling in love with unsuitable foreigners. In fact, my parents were so impressed with these eager letters from abroad, they got them typed and sent them to a newspaper, and that’s how I became a writer.” (http://www.maevebinchy.com/)
Check out our Maeve Binchy display downstairs at the Emerson Library. Here are some titles to look for…
Light a Penny Candle
The Lilac Bus
Circle of Friends
Heart and Soul
The Parkersburg & Wood County Public Library is ever changing it’s displays on the main floor and downstairs. Check out the Main Floor displays located near the circulation desk and the lower level displays located in the main area near the desk also. Check out our Resolutions display upstairs and the Cozy Mysteries and Hen Lit displays downstairs!
Past Authors of the Month
You read it right! Just picture it… you’re in the stacks perusing some books and you pull something that catches your eye. You start to look through and have this thought in your mind like, “Really? Is this really a book that people read?” Well, there is a blog dedicated to these types of books and it’s hilarious! Check out Awful Library Books and really see what some are finding on the shelves!
Anne Rivers Siddons, born 1936, graduate of Auburn University, started her career off as – what people may call, a free minded writer. She knew she was meant to be a writer when she was fired for her powerful articles in an Alabama Newspaper in which gained national attention. It was her articles like these that got her an offer from an editor; eager and interested to have her write a novel. Today Anne writes Domestic Fiction, women and relationship stories, romantic stories, and psycholgical fiction. She states that she doesn’t want to romanticize anything, she wants to write about the South as it really is.
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