Fifty Years is Just a Wrinkle in Time: A Panel to Beat All Panels
Fifty years ago Madeline L’Engle published her best known creation A Wrinkle in Time. Since its release the book has gone on to be one of those rare titles that can get away with being part fantasy, part science fiction, and part religious allegory. All that and it’s interesting to boot. Not surprisingly Macmillan (the current Wrinkling publisher) is poised to produce a new glossy hardcover edition with the original cover (albeit shinier) as well as a graphic novel version penned by Hope Larson.
But let’s say you want to celebrate the book with other like-minded souls. For that I am pleased to announce the killer line-up Symphony Space has produced for their upcoming program. From their website:
Thalia Kids’ Book Club: A Wrinkle in Time 50th Anniversary
Sat, Feb 11 at 4 pm
Peter Jay Sharp Theatre
$15; Member $12
Writers and actors, including award-winning novelist Rebecca Stead (When You Reach Me), R.L. Stine (Goosebumps, Fear Street), Katherine Paterson (Bridge to Terabithia) and Lois Lowry (The Giver) celebrate the Newbery Medal-winning classic. The discussion will be moderated by NYPL Children’s Librarian and Fuse #8 blogger Betsy Bird. The event will also include a special introduction by children’s book historian Leonard Marcus. Excerpts from the book with be performed by Jane Curtin (3rd Rock from the Sun) and others.
I encourage you to watch me slowly implode like a flan in a cupboard. If the panel doesn’t kill me then the idea of being within close proximity of all those stars AND Jane Curtin just might. Tell me that’s not worth $15 right there. Live librarian implosion. Only in New York.
And for a bit of fun read Physics, Miracles, and Witchcraft: 50 Years of “A Wrinkle in Time” over at Big Think which is worthwhile in and of itself.
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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