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Bookseller to movie mogul?

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An item in today's Shelf Awareness (a daily newsletter aimed at independent bookstore owners) reports that bookseller Mitchell Kaplan (owner of Books & Books with branches in southern Florida and the Cayman Islands) has teamed up with Hollywood producer Paula Mazur to create the Kaplan/Mazur Company, a group designed to turn books into films.

It would seem the Kaplan/Mazur Company is off to a good start. They've already bought the film rights to "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" by the late Mary Ann Shaffer and her niece Annie Barrows. The novel, which was released last month, is a favorite with readers and critics alike.

Mazur knows something about working with authors. She has already produced (and written the initial screenplay for) a film version of Canadian author Wendy Orr's fantasy novel "Nim's Island" scheduled to be released later this year.

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