12 Most Cinematic Indie Books of 2014 (So Far) [SHOWING SLIDE 11 OF 12]

This year, more than 1,300 books have traveled through IndieLand so far. Some went on to grab a Kirkus star, media attention or a movie deal. Lori St. John, author of The Corruption of Innocence, an account of her fight to save a convicted murderer from execution, emailed to tell us, “I recently sold the movie rights to a well-known Hollywood producer who is a perfect fit!” Which other Indie books might lend themselves to the big screen? With Noah in theaters, the world of Plague of Angels, a shadowy fantasy in which “demons find themselves free to torment the human race,” begs to be CGIed. Henry’s Re-Entry, a Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas–style picaresque set in New Mexico, with dialogue that is “by turns probing, poignant and hilarious,” seems like a natural. And Sutro’s Glass Palace, about the long defunct San Francisco bathhouse—“a lavish complex of pools, bleachers, changing rooms, restaurants, exhibits and displays”—may inspire a documentarian to reimagine and resurrect, via archival materials, the giant glass, iron and wood landmark. We present to you a dozen of our most cinematic books; you supply the Milk Duds and Twizzlers. —Karen Schechner

The Corruption of Innocence by Lori St. John
by Lori St. John

"An effective exposé of the criminal justice system that casts convincing doubt on the guilt of a death row inmate."
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