Oscar Winning Novels

February 23, 2013

The Huffington Post recently posted a list (created by Random House) of novels that were adapted into films that won an Oscar at the Academy Awards. Links to the book records in the Newton Free Library Minuteman Catalog are below. The full article can be read on the Huffington Post, “Academy Award Books: Oscar-Winning Tomes From Years Past” and on the Random House Blog.

Mutiny On The Bounty
By: Charles Nordhoff
The award: The film adaptation of this 1932 novel won Best Picture for 1935 and starred Charles Laughton, Clark Gable and Franchot Tone.

Gone With The Wind
By: Margaret Mitchell
The award: When this book originally published in 1936, was adapted to film, it took home the prize of Best Picture in 1939. It once again starred Clark Gable.

By: Daphne du Maurier (1938)
The award: When a naive young woman marries a rich widower and settles in his gigantic mansion, she finds the memory of the first wife maintaining a grip on her husband and the servants. This film won Best Picture in 1940.

By: William Shakespeare (approximately 1599)
The award: “To be, or not to be.” The film took home the prize of Best Picture in the year 1948, though the 1996 version (with Kenneth Branagh) was also nominated for four Academy Awards.

All The King’s Men
By: Robert Penn Warren (1946)
The award: Robert Rossen directed the film version of this tome. It won Best Picture for 1949, though another version was made in 2006.

Around The World In Eighty Days
By: Jules Verne
The award: This adaptation of Jules Verne’s 1873 novel about a Victorian Englishman won Best Picture in the year 1956.

The Bridge Over The River Kwai
By: Pierre Boulle
The award: This film adaptation of this 1952 book starred William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins and it took home the prize of Best Picture in 1957.

Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ
By: Lew Wallace
The award: Lew Wallace wrote the book in 1880, and Karl Tunberg wrote the screenplay that took home the Oscar for Best Picture in 1959.

Romeo And Juliet
By: William Shakespeare (approximately 1594)
The award: This classic love story took the form of a musical when it was adapted into the film West Side Story, starring Natalie Wood. It won Best Picture in 1961.

Oliver Twist
By: Charles Dickens
The award: The musical adaptation of this 1838 book about an orphan won Best Picture in 1968.

The Godfather
By: Mario Puzo
The award: When Marlon Brando and Al Pacino brought this 1969 book to life in 1972, it took home the prize for Best Picture the same year.

One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest
By: Ken Kesey (1962)
The award: There was no one better to play the role of R.P. McMurphy than Jack Nicholson. The movie won Best Picture in 1975.

Dances With Wolves
By: Michael Blake
The award: Lt. John Dunbar befriends an unlikely beast in this adaptation of the 1988 book. This film won the Oscar in 1990 for Best Picture.

The Silence Of The Lambs
By: Thomas Harris
The award: One of the scariest films ever! Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins brought Thomas Harris’ characters to life in this film adaptation of the 1988 book. It won Best Picture in 1991.

Forrest Gump
By: Winston Groom
The award: Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get. In this case, the film adaptation of Groom’s 1986 book starring Tom Hanks took home the award for Best Picture in 1994.

The English Patient
By: Michael Ondaatje
The award: Michael Ondaatje’s 1992 book came to life on the big screen in 1996 and took home the prize for Best Picture the same year.

The Lord Of The Rings
By: J.R.R. Tolkien (1955)
The award: Hobbits and The Shire came to life the trilogy of J. R. R. Tolkien’s classic trilogy that started with The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, the final book in the series, won Best Picture in 2003.

Brokeback Mountain
By: Annie Proulx
The award: Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger brought this 1997 love story to the screen in 2005. It took home the prize of Best Picture in the same year.

No Country For Old Men
By: Cormac McCarthy (2005)
The award: Adapted into film in 2007, this gripping story won Best Picture and starred Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem and Josh Brolin.

Slumdog Millionaire
By: Vikas Swarup
The award: Slumdog Millionaire was the adaptation of the 2005 novel Q & A by Indian author and diplomat Vikas Swarup. The film adaptation won Best Picture in 2008.


Books to read before their movie adaptations are released in 2013!

January 6, 2013

The blog BUZZSUGAR posted a list of 26 books that will be released as movies in 2013. The post includes a full description of the book, the actors starring in the film adaptation, and the movie release date. Links to many of the titles in the Minuteman Library Network Catalog are listed below so that you can read the book before you go see the movies!

Hunter – The Parker book series by Donald Westlake. (Westlake wrote the series under the pseudonym Richard Stark. Hunter is the first book published in the series, it is also published under the title Point Blank.)

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margie Stohl

Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

Admission by Jean Hanff Korelitz

Carrie by Stephen King

The Host by Stephenie Meyer

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Company You Keep by Neil Gordon

World War Z by Max Brooks

Paranoia by Joseph Finder

The Spook’s Apprentice (also published under the title Revenge of the Witch) by Joseph Delaney

Percy Jackson: The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

The Monuments Men: Allied Heros, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert M. Edsel

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty by James Thurber

Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin

Serena by Ron Rash

The Wolf of Wall Street by Jordan Belfort

Horns by Joe Hill

Devil’s Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three by Mara Leveritt

Thérèse Raquin by Émile Zola

Syrup by Maxx Barry

Dorothy of Oz by Roger S. Baum

Boston Book Festival: Saturday, October 27th 2012

August 25, 2012

The Boston Book Festival will be held this year on Saturday, October 27th in the Copley Square area of Boston. The event showcases a wide variety of author discussions and workshops for kids, teens, and adults. It spans over the night of the Friday October 26th into Saturday the 27th. This year’s schedule, which is still being created, already features an impressive array of speakers.

A full listing of events along with information about the speakers is available on the Boston Book Festival Website: http://www.bostonbookfest.org. The Book Festival blog is another source for information about authors, books, and reading-related local events. Of particular interest is the summer reading list created by the Book Festival staff in June 2012, it features a unique list of selections: Summer Reading from the BBF.

Some information about this year’s main events and speakers is below, book titles available through the Newton Public Library are linked to the Minuteman Catalog.

2012 Presenters:

Keynote address: Richard Ford “Richard Ford is a Pulitzer Prize and PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction winner who has taught at Williams College and Princeton University. He is most noted for the Frank Bascombe series, comprising The Sportswriter (1986), Independence Day (1995), which won the Pulitzer Prize and PEN/Faulkner award, and The Lay of the Land (2006). His most recent novel, Canada, tells of how Dell Parsons’ life changes after his parents are arrested for robbing a bank. Richard currently lives in Maine with his wife Kristina.”

Kids’ Keynote: Lemony Snicket

Lemony Snicket is the author of far too many books, most recently Who Could That Be At This Hour?, the first volume in his new series, All The Wrong Questions, which chronicles his suspicious childhood and his childhood suspicions. His other books include the alleged bestsellers A Series Of Unfortunate Events, and 13 Words, a collaboration with illustrator Maira Kalman. When inconvenience or the treachery of his enemies prohibits him from making an appearance, Mr. Snicket is represented by Daniel Handler, author of four novels, most recently the Printz honor-winning Why We Broke Up, coincidentally also in collaboration with illustrator Maira Kalman.

Page to Screen: “Book lovers and cinephiles alike love to argue the merits of film adaptations of beloved books. But who’s more invested in this process than the book authors themselves? The Boston Book Festival kicks off BBF 2012 on Friday, October 26 at 7:30 pm with a very special conversation among five authors whose book-length works have been turned into films and television shows.”


Recent Post by the Literary Traveler: 2012 and 2013 Movies Based on Books

July 28, 2012

The blog network the Literary Traveler recently had a post about 2012 and 2013 movie releases based on books. The list includes books in a variety of genres including classics, graphic novels, fiction, nonfiction and short stories.  The 2012 movie list is below with links to the book titles available through the Newton Free Library.  The complete list which includes 2013 releases and movie release dates is available on the Literary Traveler blog: http://www.literarytraveler.net/blog/2012/07/2012-2013-movies-based-on-books/.

2012 Movies Based on Books (from the blog the Literary Traveler)

Savages – Based on Savages by Don Winslow

The Bourne Legacy – Based on The Bourne Legacy by Eric Van Lustbader

Total Recall – Based on (Short Story) “We Can Remember if for You Wholesale” by Philip K. Dick

Goats – Based on Goats by Mark Jude Poirier

Cosmopolis – Based on Cosmopolis by Don DeLillo

Lawless – Based on The Wettest County in the World: A Novel Based on a True Story by Matt Bondurant 

The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Based on The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Killing Them Softly – Based on Cogan’s Trade by George V. Higgin

The Paperboy – Based on The Paperboy by Peter Dexter

Alex Cross – Based on Cross by James Patterson

Cloud Atlas – Based on Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

Anna Karenina – Based on Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part II – Based on Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer

Silver Linings Playbook – Based on The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick

Great Expectations – Based on Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Les Miserables – Based on Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

The Hobbit – Based on The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Life of Pi – Based on Life of Pi by Yann Martel

World War Z – Based on World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks

The Great Gatsby – Based on The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Lincoln – Based on Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin

On the Road – Based on On the Road by Jack Kerouac

Oscar Loves to Read

March 15, 2010

Many of this year’s Oscar nominated films were based on previously published novels or nonfiction titles.  Which ones?  Here’s the list:

Click on the links to find the titles in our online catalog.  Read it, then decide which you liked more!

Photo of popcorn (cc) by Wahlander and republished here under a Creative Commons license.  Some rights reserved.


August 30, 2006

Based on a Book
Mid-Continent Public Library, Independence, Missouri. A list of over 1,100 books, novels, short stories and plays that have been made into movies. Lists by Movie title, Book title, Book Author and Movie Release Year.

Books to Film
Detailed list of movies based on books released from Oct, 2003 through Oct 2005. On Readers read web site.