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

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 14th April will feature the writer Annie Barrows, film producers Paula Mazur and Mitchell Kaplan 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).

Mitchell Kaplan is the founder of Book & Books, co-founder of The Miami Book Fair and former President of the American Booksellers Association. Ten years ago, Mitchell partnered with Paula Mazur to form a books to screen film and television production company.

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).

Interviewed by film critic Wynter Tyson.

The event is sponsored by PraxisIFM.