Virtual Book Club and Discussion — “Blix” are Back

Tuesday, Nov. 17, 9 a.m. – Discussion on First Coast Connect, 89.9 WJCT-FM

Stacey GoldringMovie versions of books (books + flix = blix) have
been around for a long time. The trend was especially popular in 1939, which will be our focus for this month’s discussion. You may have a hard time narrowing down the Blix list. But as the days grow shorter and the nights chillier, you could make it a Blix marathon.

Please let me know your 1939 Blix favorites and why at

In the subject line, simply jot: My Blix Favs. If you are interesting in participating in my Blix Club, I’d love to include you. Shoot me an email at the same address and in the subject line: Blix Club.

Enjoy these First Coast Connect Book Club selections for November. Click the title to find books, audiobooks and movies at the Jacksonville Public Library.

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Goodbye Mr. Chips by James Hilton

The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum

Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Other titles include:

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington by Lewis Foster

The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo

The Women by Claire Booth Luce

Drums along the Mohawk by Walter Edmunds

AnotherThin Man by Dashiell Hammett

Here’s how the book club works:
The Jacksonville Public Library and WJCT teamed up to create First Coast Connect Book Club for library and literature lovers. WJCT’s First Coast Connect book blogger Stacey Goldring discusses engaging books and invites you to join in the conversation, discuss your opinions, and add ideas to the literary discussion.

Each month a specific book or a selection of books will be chosen to be discussed. Check out the book(s) at any Jacksonville Public Library, or purchase the books at The Book Nook or Chamblin’s. Mention you’re with the First Coast Connect Book Club and get a discount.

After you’ve read the book, or books from the suggested book list, or pondered the topic of the week, tell us what you think at Share any questions, emotions, memories or ideas that you have about the book. Stacey and host Melissa Ross will discuss the books and share your comments on First Coast Connect or tune in at 9 a.m. on Nov. 17 to 89.9 FM WJCT’s First Coast Connect and call 549-2937.

First Coast Connect airs every weekday at 9 a.m. on 89.9 WJCT-FM.

Of Mice and Men 

Book by John Steinbeck

Film stars Burgess Meredith and Lon Chaney, Jr.

Musical Score by Aaron Copland

Gone With The Wind 

Book by Margaret Mitchell

Film stars Vivienne Leigh, Clark Gable, Olivia de Havilland, Leslie Howard

Musical Score by Max Steiner

Goodbye Mr. Chips 

Book by James Hilton

Film stars Robert Donat, Greer Garson

Musical score by Richard Addinsell (including several pieces by Johann Strauss)

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Based on a story by Lewis Foster

Film stars James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Claude Rains

Musical score by Dimitri Timken

The Wizard of Oz

Book by Frank L. Baum

Film stars Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley, Billie Burke

Musical score by Harold Arlen

Wuthering Heights

Book by Emily Bronte

Film stars Merle Oberon, Laurence Olivier, David Niven

Musical score by Alfred Newman

The Hutchback of Notre Dame

Book by Victor Hugo

Film stars Charles Laughton, Maureen O’Hara

Musical score by Alfred Newman

The Women 

Book by Claire Booth Luce

Film stars Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell

Musical score by David Snell

Drums along the Mohawk 

Book by Walter Edmunds *

Film stars Henry Fonda, Claudette Colbert

Musical score by Alfred Newman

Another Thin Man 

Based on a story by Dashiell Hammett

Film stars William Powell, Myrna Loy

Musical score by Edward Ward

Gulliver’s Travels

Book by Jonathan Swift

Film stars Jessica Dragonette, Lanny Ross, Pinto Colvig

Musical score by Victor Young

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 

Book by Mark Twain

Film stars Mickey Rooney, Rex Ingram, William Frawley, Walter Connolly

Musical score by Franz Waxman

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Based on characters written by Arthur Conan Doyle

Film stars Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Ida Lupino

Musical score uncredited

Beau Geste 

Book by Percival Christopher Wren

Film stars Cary Cooper, Ray Milland, Robert Preston

Musical score by Alfred Newman

Bel Ami

Book by Guy de Maupassant

Film stars Willi Forst, Olga Tschechowa

Musical score by Theo Mackeben

The Four Feathers 

Book by A.W.E. Mason

Film stars John Clements, Ralph Richardson, C. Aubrey Smith, June Duprez

Musical score by Miklós Rózsa (Handel)

Heaven with a Barbed Wire Fence

Based on a story by Dalton Trumbo

Film stars Jean Rogers, Raymond Walburn, Glen Ford, Richard Conte, Ward Bond

Five Came Back 

Based on a story by Dalton Trumbo

Film stars Lucille Ball, Chester Morris, John Carradine, C. Aubrey Smith

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