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Based on the Book

The Based On The Book discussion group meets the fourth Tuesday (previously met 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,

2019–2020 Schedule

  • 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
  • Jan. 22: Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, The Leopard and the 1963 film
  • Feb. 26: Dashiell Hammett, The Maltese Falcon and the 1941 film

***Beginning in March 2020, Based on the Book will meet on fourth Tuesdays instead of fourth Wednesdays, in the Seminar Room from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted.***

  • Mar. 24: Ian McEwan, Atonement and the 2007 film. ***Group will meet virtually***
  • Apr. 28: Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany's and the 1961 film ***Group will meet virtually***
  • May 26: Kazuo Ishiguro, Remains of the Day and the 1993 film ***Group will meet virtually***
  • Jun. 23: Michael Ondantje, The English Patient and the 1996 film ***Group will meet virtually***
  • Jul. 28: Louisa May Alcott, Little Women and the 2019 film
  • Aug. 25: Daniel Woodrell, Winter's Bone and the 2010 film
  • Sep. 22: Patrick O'Brian, Master & Commander: The Far Side of the World and the 2003 film
  • Oct. 27: P.D. James, The Children of Men and the 2006 film
  • Nov. 17 (N.B. this is the third Tuesday): Ernest Hemingway, For Whom The Bell Tolls and the 1988 film
  • Dec. 15 (N.B. this is the third Tuesday): E.M. Forster, A Room with a View and the 1985 film

Based on the Book Past Readings