Life Landmark Theatres’ new Book Club!
posted by March 28 at 9:53 AMon
Somewhere around the time that the local Landmark Theatres publicist got laid off, and all communications duties were passed on to a centralized publicity machine in San Diego, I started receiving weird publicity materials. Like a Landmark CD, featuring music that may or may not have been featured in movies that may or may not have played at local Landmark theaters. I think it’s still somewhere in the mountain that is my desk. Or maybe I threw it at the music writers. In any case, I wasn’t too annoyed.
But this email, which I received yesterday, is taking things too far:
Dear FiLM Club Member,
Welcome to Landmark Theatres’ new Book Club!
Each month we’ll provide you with an amazing selection of film-related books available for purchase at a great discount, shipping included! Youíll find everything from beautiful film photography books to books with the actual screenplay to those that have a direct connection with the great films we’re showing.
Check out our picks for this month…The Namesake: A Portrait of the Film, written by the filmís director, Mira Nair. The best-selling Maxed Out, an exploration of Americaís dependence on credit and problems with debt. The Seventeen Traditions, Ralph Naderís thoughts on the evolution from childhood into responsible adulthood. Dreamgirls: The Movie Musical, a chronicle of the Oscar-winning screen adaptation of one of the most successful stage musicals of all time […]
OK, I understand that Landmark is a chain of movie theaters, not a book seller, and thank god, right? We wouldn’t want them chomping into Elliott Bay revenue or anything like that. But if you were deciding on a book tie-in for Mira Nair’s The Namesake, wouldn’t you consider—at least consider—the novel it’s based on? Seriously, who wants to read a book written by a director? I want to read a book written by a writer!
Well, the Washington Center for the Book may choose obvious books, but my god, at least they choose obvious books! This year’s Seattle Reads selection is the actual The Namesake, and its gorgeous author Jhumpa Lahiri will be in town May 14-15.