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The Mercantile Library and The Mini Microcinema are teaming up to offer a new book club/movie discussion group exploring films and the books that inspired them.

The two-part program will challenge the question, "Was the book better than the movie?" by looking at the relationship between the separate works, and examining the ways they conflict with and complement one another. The first meeting will take place at The Mercantile and focus on discussing the text, while the second meeting will be a screening of the film at The Mini followed by a discussion.


UPCOMING:

ADAPTATION (Book Club/Movie Group) - Fall 2019


The Ring (Book 1) Written by Koji Suzuki

Ringu (1998) Directed by Hideo Nakata


Part One: Book Discussion 

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ The Mercantile Library - 414 Walnut St. #1100, Cincinnati, OH 45202


Part Two: Film Screening

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Doors 6:00 PM / Start 6:30 PM @ The Mini - 1329 Main St.

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Adaptation, presented in collaboration with the Mercantile Library, considers books and the movies they inspire. Prepare to get scared as we dive into Koji Suzuki's 1991 novel The Ring. This terrifying tome, originally titled Ringu, follows reporter Kazuyuki Asakawa on his quest to uncover the mystery behind four gruesome deaths in Tokyo — including that of his niece. The investigation leads him to an unmarked videotape with disturbing footage that could seal his own fate. 


The 1998 Japanese film adaptation of the same name, directed by Hideo Nakata, achieved critical and commercial success, paving the way for several remakes and stylistic copycats. Join us to discuss these two influential works of modern horror and learn about the surprising backstory that inspired the novel.


Discussions facilitated by Mini volunteers Lillian Currens and Michael Sweeny. 

Cost: $5 members / $10 non-members (May be purchased in advance at mercantilelibrary.com or at the door)



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Part One: Book Discussion
Monday, May 13
6 PM - 7 PM @ The Mercantile Library, 414 Walnut St. #1100

Part Two: Film Screening
Monday, May 20
Doors 6 PM / Start 6:30 PM @ The Mini, 1329 Main St.

The series kicks off with a look at Daniel Clowes' iconic graphic novel, Ghost World. The story of the two protagonists, Enid and Rebecca, has served as a guidebook for adolescence since its original appearance in issue 11 of Clowes' serialized comic book, Eightball. Published in full in the late '90s, Ghost World is now widely seen as an essential part of the ever-growing graphic novel canon. The Mini Microcinema will have a special screening of the 2001 Terry Zwigoff-directed film, starring Thora Birch and Steve Buscemi. Considered by many to be a classic in its own right, the film notably deviates from the original plot line, but still captures the cynicism, humor and heartbreak so essential to the story.

Discussions facilitated by Mini volunteers Lillian Currens and Michael Sweeny.


Cost: $10 members / $15 non-members

(May be purchased in advance at mercantilelibrary.com or at the door)

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Part One: Book Discussion 

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ The Mercantile Library - 414 Walnut St. #1100, Cincinnati, OH 45202


Part Two: Film Screening

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

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Doors 6:00 PM / Start 6:30 PM @ The Mini - 1329 Main St.


This series will look at the crime thriller, In A Lonely Place, penned by mystery author Dorthy B. Hughes. Lauded as a groundbreaking crime novel with a feminist slant by contemporaries and modern-day critics alike, the story follows tortured veteran Dix Steele, as he traverses the seedy underside of 1940s post-war L.A. He's soon joined by LAPD officer Brub -- an old friend from the war who's been pursuing a serial strangler for months, with no solid leads. That is until Brub's wife, Sylvia, and the glamorous screen star Laurel Gray get involved, and begin to realize the killer is closer than they think. We will then screen the 1950 Nicholas Ray -directed Film Noir masterpiece. The film, starring Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Graham has earned a spot on many "Top 100" lists over years, and in some ways, has overshadowed the original work on which it was based. 


Discussions facilitated by Mini volunteers Lillian Currens and Michael Sweeny. 


Cost: $5 members / $10 non-members (May be purchased in advance at mercantilelibrary.com or at the door)