Stock up your library
by Ellen Moorhouse
Book Revue host Geoff Pevere has picked the books. The film screenings are scheduled until the end of the year, and we’ve got the lineup picked for the first months of 2011.
- To Kill a Mockingbird, Tuesday, October 26, 7 p.m. Both the book, a perennial on high school reading lists, and the film earned awards and accolades. Author Harper Lee won a Pulitzer Prize for what was her only novel, published 50 years ago in 1960. The film, made in 1962, won three Oscars, including best actor for Gregory Peck and best adapted screenplay. In 2003, the American Film Institute named Peck’s character Atticus Finch the greatest movie hero of the 20th century.
- Mildred Pierce, Tuesday, November 23. This film noir was adapted from a novel by American author and journalist James M. Cain, who also wrote Double Indemnity and The Postman Always Rings Twice, both popular film adaptations. This will be a special evening. Mildred’s Temple Kitchen (located at 85 Hanna Ave. in Liberty Village and the restaurant sequel to Mildred Pierce) will provide refreshments. Crawford won an Oscar for her 1945 portrayal of the abandoned wife who became a successful restaurateur but could never please her spoiled daughter.
- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Tuesday, December 14. If you haven’t dipped into the trilogy by Swedish journalist Stieg Larsson that has swept the globe, here’s a reason to read the first novel. A number of Book Revuers have requested this selection.
- Coming next year: The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck) in January; Atonement (Ian McEwan) February; The Killer Inside Me (Jim Thompson’s 1952 novel) March; The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Jean-Dominique Bauby), in April; and Gomorrah (Roberto Saviano) in May;