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100 Years of Great Books & Films

The Maltese Falcon starring Humphrey Bogart and Mary AstorOver the last 100 years quite a few great (and some not-so-great) books have been turned into great (and not-so-great) movies. Since both books and movies play a central role in the life of the John Jermain Memorial Library, we thought it would be fun to honor this tradition as part of the Library’s centennial celebration. So, for the next ten months we will be showing a film made from a classic book that was published in each of the ten decades the library has been in existence. The films will be shown on the third Thursday of each month and, following the showing, time will be allowed to discuss the both the book and the film. We’re calling this series Thursday Night Reads.

If you would like to refresh your memory (or read a book for the first time) before viewing the related film, all the books are available in the library or through interlibrary loan. The first book and film, Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton (copyright 1911), will be shown on Thursday, March 18th at 6:00 p.m. The schedule and titles of all books and films is below. It is also posted in the library.

As is only fitting, popcorn will be served at the films.

Thursday Night Reads Schedule

Date Book
March 181911Ethan FromeEdith Wharton
April 151925The Great GatsbyF. Scott Fitzgerald
May 201930The Maltese FalconDashiell Hammett
June 171940The Heart is a Lonely HunterCarson McCullers
July 151953Fahrenheit 451Ray Bradbury
August 191960To Kill a MockingbirdHarper Lee
September 161975RagtimeE. L. Doctorow
October 211987BelovedToni Morrison
November 181992Snow Falling on CedarsDavid Guterson
December 162003The Kite RunnerKhaled Hosseini

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