The National Book Foundation and Pratt Institute have partnered to present an inaugural film festival featuring three National Book Award-nominated books that were adapted into film: Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (film of the same title directed by Stanley Kubrick); The Cool World by Warren Miller (film of the same title directed by Shirley Clarke); The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick (film titled “Hugo” directed by Martin Scorsese). The festival will take place on April 4 and 5 at Pratt’s Manhattan campus in New York City (144 West 14th Street, Second Floor, Room 213).

Following each screening there will be a panel discussion focusing on “faithfulness” in book-to-film adaptation that will include scholars, writers, filmmakers, critics, and actors. Harold Augenbraum, the Executive Director of the National Book Foundation, will moderate the “Lolita” panel, Peter Patchen, Chairperson of Digital Arts at Pratt, will moderate the “Hugo” panel, and Ethan Spigland, Associate Professor of Humanities and Media Studies at Pratt, will moderate the “Cool World” panel.

All screenings and discussions are free and open to the public, but seats are limited. To reserve your seat, send an email to with “RSVP for Novel to Screen” in the subject line.