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Read it First! Film adaptations headed to theatres near you. November 2016 edition

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department,
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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. But if you don't know your beloved series is coming out as a movie or that the fun looking preview you saw was adapted from a book, how can you join the debate? The Library to the rescue! Here we will be exploring the movie adaptations soon to hit your local theatres and give you the chance to read before you view.

Coming this November:


Dr. Louise Banks has been asked to help the military communicate with the first aliens to initiate contact with Earth. These aliens, called heptapods, possess a dual language that makes communication between species extraordinarily difficult. As the world's foremost linguist, Dr. Banks must struggle to wrap her mind around this alien tongue. But as she succeeds, she finds the language changes more than just her ability to communicate. Ted Chiang's short story Story of Your Life is being adapted under the title Arrival.

See the official trailer here

Release Date - November 11, 2016


Billy Lynn is returning home a hero.  After the Bravo Squad won the brief but intense Battle of Al-Ansakar Canal, they are sent home for a victory tour. But during their appearance at the Dallas Cowboys halftime show, the squad learns they will have to return to Iraq for another tour of duty. Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk is a story of betrayal, grief, duty and comradery.

Watch the trailer and read an excerpt from the book here

Release Date - November 11, 2016


James Bowen's best selling memoir, A Street Cat Named Bob, is the true story of a struggling street musician who nursed a sick cat back to health and the extraordinary relationship that developed between the two.


Watch the trailer and get behind the scenes news here

Release Date - November 18, 2016

A man looks up to the sky

After being separated from his brother at a train station, five year old Saroo was left alone to scavenge on the streets of Calcutta. A few weeks later, he found his way to an orphanage who listed him as lost and organized his adoption to a loving couple in Australia. Haunted by his loss and the mystery surrounding his childhood, Saroo, now an adult, decides to track down his birth family and the home he left long ago. Long Way Home is Saroo Brierley's true tale of love, loss and the meaning of family. The film adaptation will be released under the title Lion.

See a trailer and read articles about the film here

Release Date - November 25, 2016


Take a look into the classic textbook used by first year Hogwarts students! Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is Newt Scamander's treatise on various extraordinary creatures and their unique properties. A must for those intending to specialize in the care of magical creatures! (While the book serves as a zoological guide, the movie concerns the life and adventures of the author, Newt Scamander.)

Watch videos, check out photos and read about magic in North America here


Release Date - November 28, 2016

Stay tuned to see what other great books are headed for the silver screen