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Why are we drawn to movies based on the books we love? Is seeing believing or is reading enough? In this dynamic multimedia presentation and panel discussion, four great American novelists discuss and present film clips from movies that were based on their books. They are:

  • E.L. Doctorow, who will discuss “Ragtime” (1982), one of many movies made from his Pulitzer Prize-nominated and National Book Award-winning novels. Doctorow has just won the 2014 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction.
  • Alice McDermott, whose novella “That Night”—a finalist for the National Book Award, Pen/Faulkner Award and Pulitzer Prize—was made into a movie in 1992
  • Paul Auster, author of many prize-winning books as well as scripts and co-producer and scriptwriter for the 1995 movie “Smoke.”
  • Lisa See, best-selling author of numerous novels set in China and America, will talk about the most recent movie made from one of her books, “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan” (2011).
The discussion will be moderated by Ann Hornaday, film critic for The Washington Post, and hosted by the Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division of the Library of Congress.

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Great Books to Great Movies