United for Libraries President's Program - From Cover to Screen: Books to Movies

Mon., June 29
8:30-9:30 a.m. (book signing to follow)
Moscone Convention Center, Esplanade 305

Join United for Libraries President Christine Lind Hage for this program, which will feature Joshua Davis, author of Spare Parts (now a major motion picture); Rick Jacobs, producer of Spare Parts, and esteemed film critic David Thomson, author of How to Watch a Movie (Random House, November 2015).

Davis’ “Spare Parts,” about four undocumented Mexican teenagers overcoming all odds to win a high-tech under water robot competition against teams from elite universities, has been called a “triumphant read” by the Toronto Star and “a great American story” by the Washington Post. Attendees will view a trailer for the film version, which stars George Lopez, Jamie Lee Curtis and Marissa Tomei (watch a trailer of Spare Parts).

Joshua DavisJoshua Davis is a contributing editor at Wired, cofounder of Epic magazine, and the author of The Underdog, a memoir about his experiences as an arm wrestler, backward  runner, and matador. In 2014, he was nominated for a National Magazine Award for feature writing. He has also written for The New Yorker and other periodicals, and his writing is anthologized in the 2012 edition of Best American Science and Nature Writing as well as in the 2006, 2007, and 2009 editions of Best Technology Writing. The movie Spare Parts is based on his reporting. He lives in San Francisco, Calif.





Rick JacobsRick Jacobs is a producer and manager based at Circle of Confusion. He specializes in “genre” development and the convergence of media between feature films, television, video games and print publication. Jacobs focuses on adapting projects from source material, including comic books and graphic novels, video games, Asian remakes, and magazine articles.  Jacobs is in post-production on Mr. Right, which stars Sam Rockwell, Anna Kendrick, and Tim Roth.






David ThomsonDavid Thomson is the definitive source on all things film. His New Biographical Dictionary of Film topped Sight & Sound magazine's 2010 expert poll as the best film book of all time. He was film critic for The New Republic until November 2014. Over the years, he has written for The Guardian and The Independent (in London), for The New York Times, Salon, Movieline, Film Comment, and Sight & Sound.

The three speakers will be interviewed on stage by Barbara Hoffert, editor of Library Journal’s Prepub Alert. They will discuss the writing of the book, the creation of the movie and how movies are judged and reviewed. 

This program is sponsored by Macmillan and Random House. Authors will sign books following the program (books subject to availability).