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Stage Spotlight: Books to Movies

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If you want to see some exclusive footage of two films soon to be released, the National Book Festival is for you.

Movies at a book festival?

Yes, there is a place for film at the National Book Festival, and that’s in our Books to Movies program. For the past two years, the program has been one of the festival’s most popular events. And it returns for a third time with a special program featuring books for young people that have been filmed for the big screen.

Katherine Paterson, who has won every award a writer for young people can receive, will discuss her experiences when her “Bridge to Terabithia” (2007) and the upcoming “The Great Gilly Hopkins” were dramatized.

Patrick Ness, author of the worldwide best-seller “A Monster Calls,” will talk about how he wrote the screenplay and what he thinks of the way it was realized.

Monica Hesse of The Washington Post and David Paterson, Katherine Paterson’s son and producer and screenwriter of both “Terabithia and “Hopkins,” will join these beloved authors.

Why do some great books make great movies when others do not? What elements of a book translate well for the screen and which do not?

Hesse, herself an author (“Girl in the Blue Coat”), will explore these ideas and many more during this National Book Festival evening program.

The one-hour program begins at 6:30 p.m. in Salon GHI at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

Come prepared to learn about the art and craft of making films and to ask questions of these talented authors.


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