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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.
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 nonmembers

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