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Film Adaptations: The Books behind New & Popular Films


Adult Enrichment / Writing & Literature -
Spring 2021

Many popular books have been adapted for the big screen, some more successfully than others. Join one or both of these classes to discuss two recent film adaptations of novels and see if indeed “the book is better” or if the movie improved upon the novel we will be reading. Read the novel before the first session, as we will focus on our thoughts of the novel in the first class. Then between the first and second meetings we’ll each watch the movies on our own time, and come back together to discuss how well it was adapted in film and how the messages of the book and film relate to each other.

Session One: News of the World -- The first session will be focused on Paulette Jiles’ moving tale, News of the World. We’ll read about an unlikely duo—a former confederate soldier making money by reading newspapers aloud and a kidnapped girl he is charged with returning to her family. We’ll start with a discussion of the novel that the Washington Post said, “affirms that the news of the world can be good, if we strive together to make it so,” followed by the new film adaptation starring Tom Hanks.
2 Mondays | Apr. 5–Apr. 12  | 7:00–8:30 pm

Session Two: The Dig -- The second session will be dedicated to John Preston’s The Dig, inspired by one of the most famous modern archeological excavations in Great Britain, Sutton Hoo in Suffolk. Set in 1939, John Preston’s novel explores the characters who own the land, help with the excavation (one of which is the author’s aunt), and even those who try to thwart it, set against the backdrop of the approach of WWII. After reading the novel we’ll watch the new Netflix film adaptation starring Ralph Fiennes and Carey Mulligan.
2 Tuesdays  | May 25–June 1 | 7:00–8:30 pm 

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Instructor

Kayleigh Shoen


Kayleigh Shoen holds an MFA from Emerson College and has been published in 100 Word Story, Milk Candy Review, Crack the Spine, and elsewhere. She tweets about writing, pop culture and dogs at ~whowantssoup.

WL-The Dig

  Kayleigh Shoen


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Tue May 25 & Tue Jun 1
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Price: $ 35 00
WL-Film Adaptations-Take Both & Save Closed

  Kayleigh Shoen


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Mon Apr 5, Mon Apr 12, Tue May 25 & Tue Jun 1
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Price: $ 59 00

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