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Read It First! Film Adaptations Headed to Theatres Near You

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department,
Movie poster and book cover for King’s classic horror novel "it"

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 September


Release Date - September 8, 2017

Something is terribly wrong in Derry, Maine. Seven kids find themselves hunted by a being that can take the shape of their worst nightmare. Harassed by a group of local bullies and beset upon by this monster, how will this group of misfits survive the summer? King’s classic horror novel gets a second cinematic adaptation.

book cover of stephen king's it, an illustration of a sewer drain with a paper boat and a clawed green hand poking through the sewer cover

Year by the Sea

Release Date - September 8, 2017

With her children gone off to college, Joan Anderson finds herself adrift in a life she no longer recognizes. Rather than follow her husband as he moves out of state for a new job, she decides to instead spend the year at the family’s Cape Cod cottage. Anderson’s true story is one of discovery, transformation and the never ending possibility of starting anew.

year by the sea book cover.  an illustration of blonde woman in a pantsuit with her back turned, looking out over the ocean.

American Assassin

Release Date - September 15, 2017

Mitch Rapp’s world was torn apart when he lost his girlfriend in a massive terrorist attack. Once a star college athlete, now he has only one goal in life; revenge. Rapp soon joins a covert group of operatives who work in secret, under no direct military command. And he will take down those responsible for killing his girlfriend one by one. Vince Flynn’s fast paced thriller tells the origin of his famous character Mitch Rapp.

american assassin book cover red and black abstract illustrated background with a silver star illustration in the middle

Rebel in the Rye

Release Date - September 15, 2017

J.D. Salinger, author of Catcher in the Rye, was a notoriously private man who shirked interviews and public appearances. Kenneth Slawenski’s biography, J.D. Salinger: A Life, offers fans an intimate look at the life of the famously elusive author. The film adaptation will be released under the title Rebel in the Rye.

photograph of J.D. Salinger looking into camera with a cigarette in his.  Black and White photo with a slight smile. Photo is several decades old.


Release Date - September 22, 2017

While cheering on his girlfriend from the sidelines of the Boston marathon, Jeff Bauman saw a suspicious man in the crowd. And then the bomb went off. Bauman ended up losing both of his legs but his report to the police was integral to their investigation. This is the true story of Bauman’s painful recovery and the strength it takes to survive.

photograph of the scene at the boston marathon bombing.

Victoria and Abdul

Release Date - September 22, 2017

Abdul Karim met Queen Victoria as a servant waiting tables at her Golden Jubilee. Within a year, he was one of her closest confidantes and her advisor on Indian affairs. This unlikely friendship caused great controversy at court at a time when the independence movement was gaining strength in India. Shrabani Basu’s Victoria & Abdul chronicles the true story of an intimate friendship that flouted social conventions.

victoria and abdul book cover. faded photograph of both of them. in black and white

Last Rampage

Release Date - September 22, 2017

While serving a life sentence for murder in an Arizona prison, Gary Tison staged an infamous breakout with the help of his sons. For the next two weeks, the Tisons terrorized the southwest, committing six more murders before their final confrontation with police. James Clarke’s Last Rampage details the true story of a crime spree that took the nation by storm.

black and white photograph of author.  book cover

Our Souls At Night

Release Date - September 29, 2017

Addie Moore and Louis Waters have been neighbors for years. They watched each other’s children grow, their spouses pass and their families move away. Tired of spending her twilight years in solitude, Addie approaches Louis with an offer of companionship to ease the years of widowhood. Together they rediscover the comfort of friendship and intimacy, the type of joy they thought long past them. But not everyone understands their arrangement. The adaptation of Kent Haruf’s final novel will be released on Netflix.

a black and white photo of a bedpost.  book cover