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Based on the Book

The Based On The Book discussion group (formerly Film & Text Seminar) meets the fourth Wednesday of every month from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the Seminar Room, unless otherwise specified at the Security desk.
Each month this group discusses a book of fiction and a movie based on the book. Each discussion is moderated by one of the group members. The book and movie pairs are selected by the discussion group. Some examples of book and movie pairs are Jane Austen, Emma (1815) and the 1995 movie Clueless with Alicia Silverstone; Pierre Boulle, The Bridge on the River Kwai (1952) and the 1957 movie with Alec Guinness; Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It (1976) and the 1992 movie with Brad Pitt; Mario Puzo, The Godfather (1969) and the 1972 movie with Marlon Brando; Ian Fleming, Casino Royale (1953) and the 2006 movie with Daniel Craig; Ian McEwan, Atonement (2001) and the 2007 movie with Keira Knightley.

If you would like to join the group, please contact Grant Schaumburg,

2018–2019 Schedule

  • No December 2018 meeting
  • Jan. 23: James A. Michener, Tales of the South Pacific and the 1958 film
  • Feb. 27: Ford Madox Ford, The Good Soldier and the 1981 film
    Mar. 27: Paul Bowles, The Sheltering Sky and the 1990 film
    Apr. 24: John Irving, The World According to Garp and the 1982 film
    May 22: Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye and the 1973 film
    Jun. 26: Ann Patchet, Bel Canto and the 2018 film
    Jul. 24: Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights and the 2011 film
    Aug. 28: James Dickey, Deliverance and the 1972 film
    Sep. 25: Honoré de Balzac, Cousin Bette and the 1998 film
    Oct. 23: Theodore Dreiser, An American Tragedy and the 1951 film A Place in the Sun
    Nov. 20 (N.B. this is the third Wednesday): Edith Wharton, Age of Innocence and the 1993 film
    Dec. 18 (N.B. this is the third Wednesday): Michael Chabon, Wonder Boys and the 2000 film

Based on the Book Past Readings