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And the Emmy Goes To...Books!

Tina Lerno, Librarian, Digital Content Team,
game of thrones book covers with Emmy statue

The 70th Annual Emmy Awards will air live Monday, September 17. Will you be watching?

Remember when television was bad for you? Television will rot your brain! There's too much violence on TV. Kids are doing poorly in school because they would rather watch TV than read. That last one did frighten me a bit, but in spite of all we have available to watch, reading is still a favorite activity, ask any librarian. And, in this era of multiple screens and multiple modes of watching content, the scourge of television sounds pretty quaint. Many kids these days eschew television altogether for newer forms of media such as streaming video content and online games. My own family does watch some television, but we access it on our desktops, laptops, and phones; the actual TV set sits abandoned in the den collecting dust.

The good news is we also seem to have entered a new "Golden Age" of television with shows of such high caliber, we'd rather stay home and binge watch, and many of these shows are based on, you guessed it, books. Which brings us to the Emmys. Books have been the source material for quality TV since the days of Roots by Alex Haley, which won nine Emmy Awards and 36 nominations in 1976-77. More recent past winners have included Little Big Lies by Liane Moriarty, Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman. And what will surely be on next years nominee list, Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn, and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows.

Here is the list of books that have inspired Emmy nominated shows and performances for this year. Stay tuned, don't touch that dial, and may the best book, I mean show win!

And the Emmy Goes To...Books!

The Alienist
Carr, Caleb, 1955-

The Handmaid's Tale
Atwood, Margaret, 1939-

A Game of Thrones
Martin, George R. R.

The Walking Dead: Book 1
Kirkman, Robert.

The Patrick Melrose Novels: Never mind, Bad News, Some Hope, and Mother's Milk
St. Aubyn, Edward, 1960-

The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11
Wright, Lawrence

Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace, and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U.S. History
Orth, Maureen.

The Sinner
Hammesfahr, Petra,

Codename Villanelle
Jennings, Luke

Codename Villanelle is the collection of Luke Jenning’s four novellas that follow the career of the preternaturally talented assassin Villanelle. Orphaned as a child, Villanelle was brought up and trained as a hit woman by a secretive group who call themselves The Twelve. But Villanelle meets her match when she finds herself pitted against an intelligent and tenacious MI5 agent named Eve Polastri. The BBC America television series Killing Eve was adapted from Jennings’ novellas.

Nominated for: Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, Best Actress in a Drama Series, Best Drama Series.

A Series of Unfortunate Events Collection Books 1-13 With Bonus Material
Snicket, Lemony.

Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit
Douglas, John E.

Altered Carbon
Morgan, Richard K., 1965-