Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department



Collage of featured authors

Read it First: The Lives Behind the Books

June 16, 2020

On this blog we have featured hundreds of films adapted from novels and short stories by authors from across the world and throughout history. While we have celebrated their works both on page and on screen, we’ve yet to take a look at the people behind the words.

Books about plagues in fiction

Plagues in Fiction: A Lesson in Hope

May 26, 2020

In a world of 24-hour news cycles and constant social media updates, it can seem impossible to escape our current stressful reality. So voluntarily choosing to read even more about world-ending plagues and their effects on the human psyche may feel a bit morbid or sadistic.

Collage of television adaptations of books

Read it First: At Home Television Edition

May 15, 2020

A common complaint leveled against film adaptations is that they often cut too much of the original material to fit their run time. This is where miniseries and television shows can really shine. With more time to tell the story, they can often provide a more faithful adaptation.

Film adaptations of Shakespeare's works

Read it First: At Home Edition - Shakespeare with a Twist!

April 23, 2020

Did you know that scholars are uncertain as to Shakespeare’s actual birthday? We have a record of his baptism on April 26, 1564 and a burial marker that states he was 52 when he passed, but no more physical evidence to go on.

Film and play adaptations of Shakespeare's favorite works

Read it First: At Home Edition - Shakespeare With Familiar Faces

April 16, 2020

Ah, April. The month we celebrate Spring, National Poetry Month and the birth (and death) of one Mr. William Shakespeare. Arguably the most famous author of all time, Shakespeare’s works are perennial favorites, having been performed for centuries.

Books made to film adaptations

Read it First: At Home Edition

April 03, 2020

Movie theaters may be closed and many films delayed, but fear not!

Star Wars: These are the books you're looking for

Star Wars: These Are the Books You're Looking For

May 04, 2017

Can't get enough of Star Wars? Immerse yourself in a galaxy far, far away with these Star Wars fiction series.

Movie Theatre image

Read it First! Film Adaptations Headed to Theatres Near You: February 2015 edition

February 05, 2015

If you've heard it once, you've heard it a million times—the book was better. There's nothing like debating the differences between a favorite book and its translation to the screen.