Bridging community through the arts, once again |

Bridging community through the arts, once again

On the first day of spring, my thoughts were not on gardening, outdoor adventures, Easter or March Madness. As I watched the rain fall on my way in to work Wednesday morning, all I could think about was the books I could be curled up reading that day, rather than the large amount of work facing me at The Union.

Between the workload, family and life in general, I don't have much time for books. I'm lucky if I get a weekly movie night in with the family.

Nevada County Arts has partnered with the Magic Lantern Film Society to host a new type of gathering for book worms and movie buffs alike.

"Pages to Reel" is a unique experience that combines the appeal of a book club with the opportunity to be a film critic, according to an announcement about the group.

"Many of the greatest films of all time were adapted from great works of literature, for example, 'Casablanca,' 'A Room With a View,' 'The Great Gatsby,' 'No Country for Old Men,' 'Brokeback Mountain' and 'The English Patient,' to name just a few," said Jesse Locks, festival director of the Nevada City Film Festival.

Beginning in April, the group will select a novel every other month and then show the film based on that novel.

"Nevada County Arts is pleased to collaborate with the Magic Lantern Film Society to fulfill our mission of promoting literature and film and enhancing the experience of each," said JoAnn Marie of the board of directors for Nevada County Arts.

On April 5, Pages to Reel will screen the movie for its debut literary selection, "On the Road" by Jack Kerouac. The film stars Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen, Kristen Stewart ("Twilight" series), and Amy Adams, directed by Walter Salles ("The Motorcycle Diaries") and was produced by Francis Ford Coppola.

The idea of revisiting classic novels and their films is yet another great way to bring people together through the arts in our community. Think I'll dust off the copy of "On the Road" that's been left undisturbed by my husband's bedside table for too long. This could be worth finding time to read again.

Copies of the book "On the Road" can be purchased at Harmony Books and The Book Seller. More information about the Pages to Reel will be available in Prospector in the next few weeks, or can be found online at or

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