Books Into Film


participants will read a book, view a film adaptation, and participate in a discussion led by
a humanities faculty member. Discussions will occur once in October and once in March


In a society that craves multimedia stimulation, storytelling through images -- especially those created through the lens of the movie camera -- has become the medium of choice.

And yet, the power of storytelling in its purest form, using only words, endures. The “Books into Film” project will attempt to sustain the value of literature and the written word in handling complex themes and promoting deep thinking, while celebrating the immediacy of film in contemporary culture and its ability to engage audiences with powerful images.

Participants in the “Books into Film” project will read a book, and then attend a screening of a film adaptation hosted by a member of the humanities faculty at the sponsoring institution. The screening and ensuing discussion will uncover critical insight into literary and film devices such as story line (plot), characterization, and setting, as well as how mood, tone, and other subtleties of language are reinterpreted through images, music, and sounds.

A limited number of free copies of the text will be available to participants from the community prior to each screening (please get in touch with the site contact for your location of choice to determine availability). Screenings will be held in the fall and the spring, at five locations in Maryland: The Loyola ▪ Notre Dame Library, Stevenson University, Goucher College, Washington College, and Hood College.

Maryland Humanities Council This project was made possible by a grant from the Maryland Humanities Council, through support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the Maryland Humanities Council.