Book Into Film: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

April 23, 2012

Contact: Debbie Carton
Ph: 510-981-6236

Berkeley Public Library invites you to a viewing of Elia Kazan’s film of the Betty Smith novel, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. The 1943 novel focuses on young Francie Nolan and her Irish-American’s family struggles to survive the Brooklyn tenement of Williamsburg in the early 1900s. Director Kazan insisted on black and white film for the 1945 film, which won Oscars for Peggy Ann Garner (Francie) and James Dunn as her charming but irresponsible father.  This was Kazan’s first feature film, and still garners critical acclaim. Discussion group participants will read the book at home and then gather at 1:30 on Sunday, May 27, 2012 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 play, the movie and the adaptation process. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, this free Book into 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 this program. 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 510-981-6195, TTY 510-548-1240,

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