Book Into Film: The Last Station Discussion Group at the Berkeley Public Library

October 12, 2011

Contact: Debbie Carton (Ph: 510-981-6236)

Berkeley Public Library invites you to participate in an examination of The Last Station, a critically acclaimed film based on Jay Parini’s novel of the same name. The book and film are about the final years of Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy, in which he renounces his title, property, and family in favor of poverty and celibacy. Countess Sofya, his wife of nearly fifty years, discovers his plans to leave the rights to his iconic novels to the Russian people rather than his own family, and decides to use every trick of seduction in her considerable arsenal, to fight for what she believes is rightfully hers. Discussion group participants will read the book at home and then gather at 1:30 on Saturday, November 5, 2011 in the 3rd floor Community Meeting Room at Berkeley’s Central Library, 2090 Kittredge Street to view the film together. After viewing the film, participants will discuss the book, the movie and the adaptation process. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, this free Book and Film program at the Central Library takes place every other month and offers adult and teen patrons the opportunity to discuss books, films and the art of adaptation. Participation is limited and registration is required. Please call (510) 981-6236 to register for one or more of these programs. The Central Library is open Monday, noon-8 p.m., Tuesday, 10 a.m.- 8 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., and Sunday afternoons from 1 p.m. till 5 p.m. For questions and accessibility information, call 510-981-6107, TTY 510-548-1240,

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