Library Moments: Read the book before the movie comes out!

Popcorn-BoxSherrill Sherwood, Collections Development:  Hello, I’m Sherrill Sherwood from the Haliburton County Public Library and this is Library Moments. Once a week some of us from the library will come and talk about books, upcoming events, or the services we offer at the library.

Before there were movies, there were books. While it’s hard to find the answer to the question “What was the first book that was ever made into a movie?” guesses range from Frankenstein to Snow White to A Christmas Carol, all in the early 1900s. It’s funny to imagine people coming out of the theatres back then talking about the book being much better than the movie but it’s certainly commonplace today.

Erin Kernohan-Berning and I have picked a couple of titles to tell you about that are being released in theatres in 2015, giving you the chance to read the books before they are given the big-screen treatment.

a slight trick of the mindmr holmesErin Kernohan-Berning, Branch Services Librarian: Imagine having one of the sharpest, most renowned minds in the world, and then imagine starting to lose it. This is what author Mitch Cullen asks in his book A Slight Trick of the Mind slated to debut on film in July titled Mr. Holmes.

Ian McKellen plays an aging Sherlock Holmes, aged 93 and tending bees on the Sussex Downs, unable to walk without the aid of a cane, and increasingly dependent on his housekeeper (played by Laura Linney) and her son (played by Milo Parker). Mrs. Hudson, Dr. Watson, and Mycroft are all dead, and Holmes is only left with his memory, which is becoming increasingly unreliable. Grappling with the onset of dementia, Holmes reminisces about an unsolved case, attempting to get to the bottom of it before his legendary mind fails completely, and his sense of self – so woven into his intellect – crumbles.

A Slight Trick of the Mind was written in 2005, at the time receiving favourable reviews from critics but only middling reviews from Sherlock Holmes fans who found it difficult to think of their larger-than-life hero in such a human way. Now, with the success of stories that explore Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, such as Still Alice, as well as the popularity stories reimagining the Great Detective in print and on screen, it seems A Slight Trick of the Mind is a book whose time has come. Before Mr. Holmes hits theatres on July 17th, you can reserve A Slight Trick of the Mind in print at the Haliburton County Public Library.

gone girl originaldark placesSherrill: Hot on the heels of the success of Gone Girl’s screen adaptation, Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places is set to be released in August. Dark Places was published three years before Gone Girl, and while both movies are based on the same author’s work, from all accounts the cinematic experience will be quite different. Dark Places is about Libby Day, just seven years old when her older brother massacred her family while she hid in a cupboard. Her evidence helped put him away. Ever since then, Libby has been living off of donations and handouts. Libby’s money is about to run out when she gets a letter from a man who is a part of a Kill Club. The Kill Club is interested in mystery murders and they offer Libby money in exchange for information on her family’s murder. As Libby attempts to reconnect with the slaughter that happened over two decades prior, she begins to question her brother’s involvement and attempts to find the true killer of her family.

It mostly depends on the studio but generally a movie is released as a DVD about five to seven months after its theatrical release.  Whether you choose to read the book or watch the dvd, or both, you will be able to request them through the Haliburton County Public Library. That’s it for this week’s edition of Library Moments, thanks for listening here on 100.9 Canoe FM.

*Originally aired on 100.9 CANOE FM, June 14th – June 20th, 2015.

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