Bernice L. McFadden and "The Book of Harlan" cover

NAACP Image Award-Winner “The Book of Harlan” Is Coming to the Big Screen!

Bernice L. McFadden’s “The Book of Harlan” is getting a feature film adaptation courtesy of Mark Tonderai. McFadden’s novel won the 2016 NAACP Image Award, as well as the American Book Award. Tonderai will adapt and direct the novel with McFadden providing help as a producer.


"The Book of Harlan"

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“The Book of Harlan” tells the story of Harlan and his friend Lizard Robbins, two American jazz musicians in the 1930s who travel to Paris to play a special show. But when the Nazis take over Paris, Harlan and Lizard are thrown into Buchenwald–one of the most notorious concentration camps.


Tonderai has directed episodes of “Paranoid” and “The Five.” Fans of the book still have to wait for news on the cast and a release date, but this announcement is exciting! Pick up “The Book of Harlan” here.


Feature images courtesy of and the Washington Post.