1 of 9 Newly-identified Craters on Mercury Named L’Engle
The International Astronomical Union (IAU) approved proposed names for nine new craters on the planet Mercury. ” “L’Engle” is one of them! Who decides these things? She would be thrilled. Read more about it here.
NYT By the Book
In case you missed it, check out the “By the Book” article in The New York Times. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg says she wanted to Meg Murry because “she worked with others to fight against an unjust system .”
Austin Series review
Do you watch TV shows in marathon sessions? What about books? Would you read a series in one sitting? In an interesting review of the Austin Books, Sara Zarr, in the LA Review of Books reflects on Vicky and revisiting childhood favorites.
Dallas Children’s Theater
The Dallas Children’s Theater production of John Glore’s adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time played in April. Nancy Churnin of the Dallas Morning News says: In John Glore-s faithful adaptation, author Madeleine L-Engle provides the key to why her Newbery Medal-winning story speaks to kids as powerfully as ever. In a world where children still agonize and are bullied over being different, she gives us three who don-t fit in and who must learn that their faults, as they see them, may in fact be their strengths.
Well, we can’t post a link, because it’s behind a fire wall, but we can tell you that Random House Audio’s edition of A Wrinkle in Time, read by the wonderful Hope Davis, won top honors in their YA category.
From Publishers Weekly: In this insightful biography of beloved children’s book author Madeleine L’Engle (A Wrinkle in Time), Marcus (Minders of Make-Believe) draws upon dozens of interviews with those who knew L’Engle personally and professionally, as well as with representatives of “the thousands of students, teachers, librarians, aspiring writers, neighbors and others who crossed her path.” The result is both impressionistic and satisfyingly complex.
Did you see this? In the “By the Book” series in the Book section of the New York Times, Anne Lamott had this to say:
“A Wrinkle in Time” saved me because it so captured the grief and sense of isolation I felt as a child. I was 8 years old when it came out, in third grade, and I believed in it — in the plot, the people and the emotional truth of their experience. This place was never a good match for me, but the book greatly diminished my sense of isolation as great books have done ever since. I must have read it a dozen times.
First Book provides great books to children from low-income families, and they’ve given away a lot of books in the past twenty years. In fact, they’re about to distribute their 100 millionth book, and they want YOU to help choose what it should be. There are 10 books to choose from, and A Wrinkle in Time is one of them. Please vote!
November 29th is Madeleine’s birthday. This year on that day, The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine will be dedicated as Literary Landmark to recognize the church’s connection with Madeleine, who served as the Cathedral librarian for more than 40 years. The event, which is open to the public, is scheduled for 4 p.m. in the Cathedral, followed by Evensong and a reception.
The Literary Landmarks is a program of United for Libraries (formerly Friends of Libraries USA). Other landmarks in New York City include the Algonquin Hotel, The Little Red Lighthouse and Pete’s Tavern.
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The much-anticipated graphic novel adaptation by Hope Larson will be available starting October 2, 2012! Check out the trailer.
Road trip? Listen to this from NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday on best audio books. Yup, one of them is a new production of A Wrinkle in Time by Hope Davis. Our own recommendations for car trips: Radio Lab and Stuff to Blow Your Mind.
At last! On the big screen! Camilla Dickinson is premiering at the Seattle Film Festival on May 20th. You can buy tickets here, and read about the film here.
Will A Wrinkle in Time make it to the big screen? Possibly. Camilla, though, is almost there! Check out this article in Christianity Today on the making of Camilla, the movie, by Madeleine’s god-daughter, filmmaker Cornelia Moore.