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Read it First! Film adaptations headed to theatres near you. January 2017 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 January :


Hidden Figures

The true story of the African American women who worked as NASA's human computers from World War II through the Cold War. Though integral to the computations that allowed us to launch into space, these women were segregated from their white counterparts and encountered resistance at every turn. Margot Lee Shetterly's Hidden Figures documents their success in the face of great resistance. 

Learn more about the true history behind the story and the cast and crew behind the film here

Release Date - January 6, 2017


The Bye Bye Man

Based on one chapter from historian Robert Damon Scheck's non fiction book on unexplained events across America, The Bye Bye Man is a terrifying account of a serial killer who can be called by merely thinking his name. 

See the trailer here

Release Date - January 13, 2017


A Dog's Purpose

Follow Dog through his many reincarnations from feral pup to beloved pet, as he seeks the meaning behind it all. Dog is reborn several times, each time learning something new and getting closer to his purpose in life.  W. Bruce Cameron's A Dog's Purpose is a heart warming tale about the bond between man and dog.

Watch the trailer and see pictures from the film here

Release Date - January 27, 2017

In addition to films headed to movie theatres this month, the Sundance Film Festival will premiere 66 new films in Park City, Utah. Below are those films which were adapted from books - 


Walking Out

Based on a short story in David Quammen's Blood Line: Stories of Fathers and Sons"Walking Out" follows a father and son on their trip into the wilderness. Estranged by divorce and different living circumstances, they come face to face both with their relationship and the hardships of nature. 



Yellow Birds

Privates Bartle and Murphy first met at boot camp, scared and excited for the challenge ahead. Promising each other to not be the 1,000th casualty of the Iraq war, they went into battle in Al Tafar intent on keeping each other alive. Kevin Powers' Yellow Birds is a story about how war changes and challenges our soldiers and the effect it has on their families left at home. 




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