New to the Collection: To Kill a Mockingbird Graphic Novel

If you watched PBS’ “The Great American Read” last year, you will know that the #1 novel voted on by viewers as America’s best-loved novel was To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. If you didn’t watch the limited series, the premise was for viewer’s to vote for their favorite novels from a list of 100 “best-loved,” resulting in the #1 American pick.

Whether you’ve read Lee’s novel prior or not, new to our collection is a graphic novel adaptation by Fred Fordham. Fordham notes, “This adaptation…does not seek to reinvent Harper Lee’s story and characters. The text is, as far as has been possible, directly taken from the novel. Where I have made changes, they have been for the sole purpose of best representing the story and sentiment of Lee’s original work in this medium.” So if you’re looking for a refreshingly new take on the novel, check the graphic version out!

To Kill a Mockingbird in MVCC’s library collection:

And check out the full results of “The Great American Read” at PBS’ website:  https://www.pbs.org/the-great-american-read/results/

2019’s Bookish Oscar Winners Are…

Check out the 2019 “Bookish” Oscar winners in our collection!

If Beale Street Could Talk based on the novel by James Baldwin – Supporting Actress (Regina King): “‘If Beale Street Could Talk,’ the only Baldwin novel narrated by a woman, is a love story in which a young couple must weather a false accusation of rape and the predatory misconduct of the police.”–Publisher description. This novel is contained in the collection Later Novels, edited by Darryl Pinckney, published by The Library of America, volume 272.

BlacKkKlansman, adapted from Ron Stallworth’s memoir – Adapted Screenplay (Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee). 

Black Klansman : Race, Hate, and the Undercover Investigation of a Lifetime by Ron Stallworth – “What happens when a black man tries to join the KKK? The true story of one of America’s most shocking undercover investigations–now the basis of a feature film by Spike Lee. When Ron Stallworth, the first black detective in the history of the Colorado Springs Police Department, comes across a classified ad in the local paper recruiting for the Ku Klux Klan, he responds with interest, using his real name while posing as a white man. That decision launches what is surely one of the most audacious and incredible undercover investigations in history. Detective Stallworth sabotages cross burnings, exposes white supremacists in the military, and even fools David Duke himself. The book is an amazing real-life account that reads like a crime thriller–one that offers a searing portrait of a divided America, and the heroic citizens who dared to fight back.”–Back cover.

Black Panther, based on the Marvel comic book character – Costume Design; Production Design; Music (original score). “Marvel Studios’ ‘Black Panther’ follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king–and Black Panther–is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.”–Publisher description.

Search “Black Panther” for more formats: books, eBooks, & eAudio.

2018 Pulitzer Prize Winners

The prestigious Pulitzers have been announced and we have some winners in the collection for you:

History: The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea by Jack E. Davis 

General Nonfiction: Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman Jr.

Biography: Prarie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser 

Poetry: Half-Light: Collected Poems 1965-2016 by Frank Bidart

Various Recordings by Music winner Kendrick Lamar

2017 National Book Award Winners

Check out the 2017 National Book Award winners in our collection:

Fiction winner: Sing, Unburied, Sing / by Jesmyn Ward; located on our main floor lounge area in our Afterclass collection.

 

 

Nonfiction winner: The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia / by Masha Gessen; temporarily located on our main floor in the lounge area.

 

Poetry winner: Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016 / by Frank Bidart; temporarily located on our main floor in the lounge area.

 

 

 

Visit the National Book Foundation’s website to watch the National Book Awards ceremony and to see the other finalists.