September 2018 | Rebecca Rego Barry

The Year for Literary Movies

Having seen (and enjoyed) American Animals, a film about four college students attempting to steal a copy of Audubon's Birds of America from a university library, and still pining to see The Bookshop, adapted from Penelope Fitzgerald's novel about a widow who opens a bookshop in a coastal English town in 1959, I'm excited, if slightly worried, to hear about yet another book-themed blockbuster this year. After all, I can't get to the theater that often!

Can You Ever Forgive Me? is based on the juicy 2008 book by celebrity biographer-turned-forger Lee Israel in which she describes how she falsified letters of famous authors for profit. It may feel a little 'too close to home' for the book dealers and collectors out there, but with Melissa McCarthy playing Lee ... it is apt to be fantastic. Take a look at the trailer: