KC Public Library Blog

Books into Film: My Top 10

Many books get made into movies, including the recent Oscar winner Slumdog Millionaire (Q & A by Vikas Swarup) and Oscar nominee The Reader (The Reader by Bernard Schlink). So, I started thinking about my favorite books that have been adapted into film. Here are my top 10 (in alphabetical order).

Beware the Ides of March

This month we’re taking it back, way back to the Classical age, and shining a spotlight on our main man Gaius Julius Caesar (100BC-44BC) Dictator of Rome, Pro-Consul before that.

Food Writing

Americans love food (well, doesn’t everyone?). If you like to read about food, check out these food writing anthologies or books about Clementine Paddleford, a food writer raised in Kansas who achieved international renown.

The Art of Writing Poetry

Read all about the art of writing poetry from those who do it. This book list includes selections in which poets discuss their craft, handbooks on how to write poetry, as well as some poetry by C.D. Wright.

Leonardo da Vinci

Dig into the life of the great artist, Leonardo da Vinci, with these books or enjoy a few novels with da Vinci at the center.

Mardi Gras Mystery

With “Fat Tuesday” on the calendar this week, Mardi Gras and mysteries partner up in these books.

Best Picture Oscar Winners

Slumdog Millionaire won this year’s Academy Award for Best Picture. For some more award-winning flicks, check out this list.

Marcus Garvey

Marcus Garvey was one of the most influential leaders of the early 20th century civil rights movement. On March 5, 2009, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Steven Hahn presents “Marcus Garvey Reconsidered” at the Library. Learn more about Garvey and his lasting legacy in these books.

Filipino Americans

Today there are more than 2.5 million Filipino Americans in the U.S. This book list includes literature written by Filipino American authors, as well as histories of Filipinos in America, and America in the Philippines.

Polish History & the Architecture of Memory

Polish architect Czeslaw Bielecki discusses his work and the Polish transition from Communism to democracy at the Library in March. This related reading list includes books about memory and architecture, as well as books about Polish history.

Experiencing Missouri: The Great Outdoors

The state of Missouri provides a multitude of opportunities for enjoying its many beautiful natural areas. This reading list includes books about the Show-Me State’s parks and trails, as well as books on camping, cycling, caving, backpacking, and fishing in Missouri.

Wonderment

What's more fun than wondering?

I wonder what stars are made of.

I wonder what makes rivers flow.

I wonder what elephants dream.

Will these books tell you? They might, or maybe they’ll lead you to new wonderings of your own.

Yours with snorts,

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A Woman of Letters

How do you discuss a book when it is not at all what the readers expected? This was the conundrum that faced the Downtowners book group at yesterday's meeting. We gathered to talk about Letter to My Daughter by Maya Angelou and the book did not fail to meet expectations, but it didn't meet reader assumptions.

Military Histories

Check out these military histories about the battles near the Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War or a few regimental histories from other wars.

Art Spiegelman

Award-winning comics artist, editor, and writer Art Spiegelman celebrates his birthday this week. Born on February 15, 1948, Spiegelman’s two-volume graphic novel Maus won the Pulitzer Prize in 1992 and helped establish graphic novels as a form of literature.