Page Turners Book Discussion

An In-Person Program at Granby Public Library
Photo of Jaws book cover by Peter Benchley
Event Date: 
Wednesday, May 18, 2022 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Come join Page Turners to discuss the novel Jaws by Peter Benchley.

The story focuses on a great white shark that preys on a small resort town & the three men trying to kill it.  The story was based on Benchley’s interest in shark attacks.  Jaws was published in 1974 & received mixed reviews.  Many critics thought the novel used effective suspense but found the prose & characterization lacking.  But readers didn’t agree & the novel remained on the New York Times Bestseller List for 44 weeks. When the film was released on June 2, 1975, 5.5 million copies of the book had been sold in the U.S.

The film, directed by Steven Spielberg, omitted many of the novel’s subplots & chose to focus more on the shark.  The film became an instant block-buster & was the highest grossing film in movie history until the release of Star Wars in 1977.  Granby Public Library will show the film Jaws on Saturday, May 7 from 10:30-12:30pm.  duunnn dunnn....

Read the book or watch the movie or do both & join the discussion led by veteran discussion leader, Beth Morrill.  Copies of the book will be available at the library and online.  Registration recommended, but not required.