Picturing the Story: The Transformation of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Writer, producer and screenwriter to take part in special Guernsey Literary Festival event

Date of event: Sunday 22nd April
Venue: St James Concert Hall
Time: 15:00-16:00
Price: £10 for adults/£5 for children

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The Guernsey Literary Festival is staging a series of special events to coincide with the release of the film The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, which will be shown in cinemas nationwide from 20th April. Based on the bestselling novel of the same name, the film stars Lily James as Juliet, Penelope Wilton as Amelia, Michiel Huisman as Dawsey and Matthew Goode as Sidney.

The event taking place at St James on 22nd April will feature the writer Annie Barrows, film producer Paula Mazur and screenwriter Thomas Bezucha. It will feature a discussion on the transformation of the story from the printed page to the big screen.

The book, which was written by Mary Ann Shaffer and her niece Annie Barrows, was published in the USA by the Dial Press in 2008. A New York Times bestseller, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society has been published in 37 countries and in 32 languages. Annie’s first solo novel for adults, The Truth According to Us, was published in 2015.

Paula Mazur is an award-winning producer, known for Nim's Island (2008), Corrina, Corrina (1994) and The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017). Scriptwriter Thomas Bezucha is the American writer and director of the award-winning films Big Eden, The Family Stone (starring Diane Keaton and Sarah Jessica Parker), and Monte Carlo (starring Selena Gomez).

The event is sponsored by PraxisIFM.

 


Living in the Past: A Discussion on Historical Fiction with Annie Barrows and Jason Monaghan

Date of Event: Sunday 22nd April
Venue: Dorey Room, St James
Time: 10:00-11:00
Price: £6 for adults/£4 for children

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Of particular interest to writers, this panel discussion will address the issues of writing historical fiction, including research, rightness and reliability.

Annie Barrows’ first book in her bestselling children’s series Ivy + Bean was published in 2006, and was followed by nine others. In 2013 Ivy + Bean: The Musical premiered in the San Francisco Bay Area. A novel for older children, The Magic Half, was published by BloomsburyUSA in 2008. Its sequel, Magic in the Mix, came out in 2014.

In addition to her children’s books, Annie is the co-author, with her aunt Mary Ann Shaffer, of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, which was published in the USA by the Dial Press in 2008. A New York Times bestseller, it has been published in 37 countries and in 32 languages. In 2015, The Truth According to Us, her first solo novel for adults, was published.

Jason Monaghan is the author of a series of archaeological thrillers featuring the offbeat lecturer Jeffrey Flint. These were first published by Severn House under the pen name Jason Foss, then republished as e-books by Endeavour Press. His first historical novel Glint of Light on Broken Glass was published in 2016. Jason is represented by London agency A for Authors, and is an active member of the Crime Writers Association. He is currently working on a new series of contemporary mysteries. He is also Head of Heritage Services for Guernsey, leading Guernsey Museums & Galleries, and has published extensively on his academic research.

The event is sponsored by PraxisIFM.

 


Literary Adaptations for the Screen: A Discussion between producer Paula Mazur and screenwriter Thomas Bezucha

Date of event: Sunday April 22nd
Venue: Dorey Room
Time: 12:00-13:00
Price: £6 for adults/£4 for children

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A talk and Q&A with Producer/Writer Paula Mazur and Writer/Director Thomas Bezucha on the art of turning books into movies and the specific challenges and rewards of the genre. They will offer insight into their work on the new film The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, and discuss past and future projects, including Nim’s Island, (2008) The Man Who Invented Christmas, (2017) The Good House, and Let Him Go.

The event is sponsored by PraxisIFM.

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