The Paperback Pictures Club is a book club for movie lovers.

Each month we read a book then watch one of its adaptations. Discussions center on the ways characters and narrative expand through each medium.

Upcoming Events

June 1: Readers Unite. Paperback Picture's first summer gathering. Meet and greet with other club members. Location and time to be shared with club members subscribed via the link above.

End of June: We've read the book, we've watched the movie. Now let's talk about them both. Conversations will be guided but open-ended. Location and time to be shared with club members subscribed via the link above.

Summer 2024 Schedule

Inspired by summer vacations, the theme for through August is Wayward “Travels” – adventures that don't quite go as planned. The lineup looks like this:

Read Patricia Highsmith's The Talented Mr. Ripley. In Highsmith's novel, Tom Ripley ventures to Italy to bring back the son of his new, wealthy friend, Dickie Greenleaf. But as new characters enter the scene, Tom becomes overshadowed, enraged, then obsessed with an unthinkable idea. We'll close the month by watching the 1960 French adaptation, Purple Noon.

Read Christ Stopped at Eboli, a memoir by Italian painter Carlo Levi about his time exiled by Italy's Fascist government to Lucania, southern Italy. It's a story whose characters are marked by peasantry, superstition, death, and a stark account of life beyond the boundaries of progress and time. We'll end the month by watching Francesco Rosi's 1979 film of the same name.

August always feel long. We're going to break that up with two novellas, and two equally spectacular film adaptations. For the first two weeks we'll read Thomas Mann's harrowing account of Gustav von Aschenbach's escapade to Italy (I'm seeing a theme, too) which spirals into a tale of ruinous inward desire. After which we'll watch Luchino Visconti's 1971 adaptation of Death in Venice.

Finally, we'll wrap up the season with Leo Tolstoy's novella The Forged Coupon. Here, we follow the travels not of a person, but a lie, and the the destructive aftershocks of its path. We'll close the season with a film many cinephiles acclaim as "perfect," Robert Bresson's Parisian themed, L’argent.