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Books —> Film

The latest adaptation of Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is garnering most of the attention in this category right now, but there’s other news as well. Here’s some news on upcoming films:

Will Baz Luhrmann’s noise dampen ‘Great Gatsby’s’ joys?

“Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald revisits the book’s melancholy beauty prior to the movie’s release.”

The Confidence Index: What Maisie Knew

Henry James’s What Maisie Knew (1897/1898) is one of my favorite novels. Jennifer Paull has news about the upcoming film version.

Frances McDormand and Director Lisa Cholodenko Team Up for HBO’s Olive Kitteridge Adaptation

Before it became a Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller, McDormand fell hard for Elizabeth Strout’s interwoven collection of vignettes set in a backwater town along the coast of Maine connected by the titular plainspoken protagonist who reveals deep reserves of humanity and empathy (even for the most jagged and broken characters) as the novel unfolds.

Salman Rushdie bequeaths ‘Midnight’s Children’ to film

This article provides an overview of Rushdie’s life and career along with news about the film adaptation of his most famous novel.

Parents, Children, and Libraries

The Pew Internet and American Life Project studies many aspects of American life, including attitudes toward and uses of books and libraries. Here are some of the latest research findings:

Research in the Digital Age: It’s More Than Finding Information…

Two middle school teachers offer advice on how to teach students to evaluate information they find on the internet. This information may seem elementary, but it’s advice all of us can use.

Gillian Flynn on her bestseller Gone Girl and accusations of misogyny

Gone Girl has taken the publishing world by storm with its disturbing portrayal of a relationship gone badly wrong. Author Gillian Flynn talks about how she portrays women, her childhood love of horror – and how her marriage inspired the book