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

A man racing on a chariot. Movie poster

Lew Wallace's classic, Ben-Hur, tells the parallel stories of Judah Ben-Hur, a Jewish prince enslaved by the Romans, and the life of Jesus Christ. Timur Bekmambetow's 2016 version will be the fourth film adaptation of this beloved story.

Watch the trailer and get updates on the film here.

Release Date - August 19, 2016


A Tale of Love and Darkness is the memoir of both a man and a nation. Israeli writer Amos Oz's story begins with his childhood in war-torn Jerusalem. As Oz struggles through a turbulent adolescence, Israel emerges as a new nation. This non-linear memoir offers an intimate look at history and struggles of one man and his country.

See the trailer here

Release Date - August 19, 2016


John Cleaver has a secret. As long as he can remember, he has been obsessed with serial killers. And he fears this fixation is the first step towards becoming a killer himself. In order to avoid indulging in his illicit urges, he lives his life by strict rules. But when these rules don't save him from being drawn into a murder investigation, Cleaver must face his own true nature. Dan Wells' I Am Not A Serial Killer is the first in a thrilling trilogy.

Watch a clip from the film here

Release Date - August 26, 2016


The local grump must contend with new extroverted neighbours whose exuberance threatens to bring him out of his shell and reintroduce him to the world and all its wonders. Fredrick Backman's A Man Called Ove was hailed as an instant classic upon its publication.

Read a synopsis and see the trailer here

Release Date - August 26, 2016 (limited release)

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