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Harvard premiere — Oct. 19, 2010

October 20, 2010

The premiere at Harvard’s Askwith Forum could not have gone off better, with one exception. Lolly Robinson, adjunct faculty member at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education (and Horn Book designer and production manager), who organized this showing, was ill and could not be there to enjoy the wonderful event she worked tirelessly at putting together. We thank her for all she did to make this a reality.

HGSE faculty member Pamela Mason took over the task of moderator, and did a wonderful job.

The Harvard Crimson covered the event, and its article is here. This is only the second film that has shown as an Askwith Forum, the first being “Waiting For Superman.”

The event drew a full house with some left standing for the screening, and the panel of Roger Sutton, Lesléa Newman, Padma Venkatraman, Lois Lowry and Jerry Pinkney were splendid. Padma connected by telephone from India, where she rose at 4 a.m. Indian Standard Time to share her thoughts. Thanks also to author Richard Michelson, who is featured in the film, for attending.

Here are some event photos.

Lesléa Newman signs the event poster, as did all the panel. The poster will be framed for the dean's office at the HGSE.

A part of the capacity audience who came to the screening. Our thanks!

Pamela Mason moderated as the panel took many questions from the audience

Director/co-producer Ted Delaney listens while co-producer Steve Withrow shares a perspective

Author Lois Lowry ("The Giver") inscribes a book at the author signing that followed the Q-and-A

Author and illustrator Jerry Pinkney shares a thought as Horn Book editor Roger Sutton listens

Again, thanks to all who made this event a success, and thanks to our audience for many astute questions and observations. We’ll post more photos in the coming days. And we hope to see new friends tonight at our screening at The University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth!

6 Comments leave one →
  1. October 20, 2010 6:43 pm

    Congrats on the screening.

    I can’t wait to see the film and am looking forward to future screening announcements. L.A., I’m telling ya. L.A.!

    • childrenslitproject permalink*
      October 20, 2010 6:56 pm


      Thanks. Keep your calendar open for early February 2011. We should be announcing several California screenings in the next few weeks…

  2. Karen Wanamaker permalink
    October 20, 2010 7:57 pm

    Congratulations on what looks like a great premiere! Looking forward to seeing it in the spring! 🙂

  3. wellfedpoet permalink
    October 21, 2010 12:52 am

    I knew from the topic (kidlit, my fav) and the intriguing trailer that the film would be inspiring and fun. What I didn’t anticipate is how moving so much of it was, and how personal the authors’ and artists’ stories of the interweaving of their lives and work, through the fierce challenges of loss and trauma and censorship. As Jerry Pinkney said at the Harvard screening, “Our job is to tell stories from the heart”, and the film makes it clear how much heart is in the stories, and from this, how much power to feed and heal and grow the hearts of readers, young and old.

  4. October 21, 2010 2:18 am

    The premiere and following panel discussion were fantastic. It’s pretty cool that this event is going to travel the country with different authors and illustrators appearing at various screenings. The movie was fantastic and the panel discussion was icing on the cake.

  5. October 21, 2010 1:47 pm

    What a fantastic film! I was enthralled by so many of the wonderful interviews, and I only wish I could see more of what was filmed. I know the filmmakers mentioned that they shot almost 45 hours of interviews; what a treasure trove. As it is, there is much to ponder and appreciate in “Library of the Early Mind.” The panel at Harvard kept the energy going, and the room was buzzing! Thank you for a wonderful film.

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