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December 28, 2017 - January 6, 2018

The Man Who Invented Christmas: The Movie


December 28, 2017
January 6


The Coral Gables Art Cinema
260 Aragon Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134


Encore! Encore! Catch an encore screening of THE MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS at the Coral Gables Art Cinema this week. Executive Producer Mitchell Kaplan will introduce each showing and answer questions about how he came to bring Les Standiford‘s book of the same name to the screen to create a gem of a film starring Dan StevensChristopher Plummer and Jonathan Pryce.

Tuesday, January 2: 1:30 pm

Friday, January 5: 1:30 pm

Saturday, January 6: 11:00 am


Behind the scenes, as he runs Books & Books, Mitchell Kaplan has been wheeling and dealing, learning the ropes of Hollywood, as he strives to bring a roster of beloved books to the screen. THE MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMASbased on the book of the same name by Les Standiford, is the first of what we hope will be a long line of engaging new films that will have taken their life and inspiration from a book. It’s produced by the Mazur Kaplan Company, a production company founded by Mitchell Kaplan and his partner Paula Mazur in 2006. Together, with the support of Marvin and Isa Leibowitz, they have selectively optioned an extensive roster of wonderful books that are now in various stages of development and production in Hollywood and will soon come to life on both the small and big screen.

No film could signal as serendipitous or more appropriate a beginning for a bookseller turned producer than THE MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS, an ode to the book, the power of stories, and the writer’s craft. In it, we travel back in time to Charles Dickens’ England and step into the life and mind of the young writer as he courts, wrestles with, and eventually forces, his characters to life on the pages of what is now a timeless classic, A Christmas Carol.

This heart-warming and delightful new movie stars Dan Stevens, Christopher Plummer and Jonathan Pryce, among others, and takes us on a wild journey through the weeks leading up to the publication of Dickens’ holiday ghost story, which as it turns out, was self-published in a race against time and the result of great struggle with inner demons and nagging creditors.

Hats off, to our very own Mitchell for starting his new career in Hollywood with a film that celebrates books and writing with such accuracy and delight. It seems not much has changed in the publishing industry since then; even without social media, Dickens’ A Christmas Carol was an overnight success. So, too, we hope THE MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS will be greeted with great results at the box office!

THE MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS will be released by Bleecker Street on 500 screens nationwide on Wednesday, November 22.



Books & Books Customers: WATCH this movie anywhere in Miami-Dade or Broward counties during opening weekend – Wednesday, November 22 through Sunday, November 26 — and bring your ticket/stub to any Books & Books location and you will receive a one-time 20% discount on your entire book purchase. 

About the Author:

Les Standiford is the author of twenty books, including the critically acclaimed works of non-fiction, Last Train to Paradise (a History Channel Top Ten Pick & the One Read choice of more than a dozen public library systems), Meet You in HellWashington Burning (both publisher’s nominees for the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Awards), The Man Who Invented Christmas (a New York Times Editors’ Choice), Bringing Adam Home (a New York Times best-seller), and most recently, Water to the Angels: William Mulholland, His Monumental Aqueduct & the Rise of Los Angeles, a featured alternate of the History Book Club. He is also the author of ten novels, including the acclaimed John Deal mystery series. He has received the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award, the Frank O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is Founding Director of the Creative Writing Program at Florida International University in Miami and holds the Peter Meinke Chair in Creative Writing at Eckerd.  A film adaptation of Les’s The Man Who Invented Christmas, starring Christopher Plummer, Dan Stevens, and Jonathan Price, will be released November 2017.


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