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Library of the Early Mindis a feature-length documentary film about children’s literature, directed by Edward J. Delaney and c0-produced by Edward J. Delaney and Steven Withrow.

Edward J. Delaney, director and co-producer, is an award-winning author, journalist, and filmmaker. Delaney directed and produced a documentary film, The Times Were Never So Bad: The Life of Andre Dubus, which premiered in 2007. He is a recipient of a 2008 Literary Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a winner of the 2005 PEN/Winship Award for Fiction, and a past winner of an O. Henry Prize for short story writing. His work has been included in Best American Short Stories, and he has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award. As a journalist he is a past winner of the National Education Reporting Award, as well as other national and regional awards. In 2008-2009, Delaney served as an Assistant Editor of The Nieman Journalism Lab, at The Nieman Foundation for Journalism, Harvard University. He has published two books of fiction, the novel Warp & Weft and the collection The Drowning and Other Stories, and has published short stories regularly in The Atlantic and other magazines and quarterlies. He is the co-author of Born to Play, by Boston Red Sox second baseman and 2008 American League Most Valuable Player Dustin Pedroia.

Steven Withrow, co-producer, is a poet, playwright, fiction writer, teacher, and author of six instructional books meant for visual artists and storytellers: Toon Art, Webcomics, Character Design for Graphic Novels, Vector Graphics and Illustration, Secrets of Digital Animation, and Illustrating Children’s Picture Books. Steven studied creative writing, publishing, and journalism at Roger Williams University and Emerson College and has taught children’s literature and media writing at Rhode Island School of Design and Suffolk University. His poems and stories have been published in numerous print and online literary magazines and comics anthologies. He is an advisory board member of the Keene State Children’s Literature Festival and a contributor to the popular children’s book blog Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast

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  1. July 19, 2010 4:29 am

    Will you be coming to Toronto? I can’t wait to see this!
    I have linked to your site from mine:

    • childrenslitproject permalink*
      July 19, 2010 1:06 pm

      Hi, Nathalie.

      Yes, we’ll be screening in Toronto in 2011. If you have suggestions for places to screen the film or people to contact, please email me at Thanks!


  2. Kate Johnson permalink
    July 19, 2010 4:11 pm

    The film looks very interesting. Can you tell me when and where will it be shown in Seattle?

    • childrenslitproject permalink*
      July 19, 2010 4:29 pm

      We are working on Seattle-area screenings for spring or summer of 2011. If you have suggestions for places for screenings or people to contact, please email me at Thanks!

  3. Nathan Smith permalink
    August 3, 2010 11:51 am

    I’m currently a sudent in Australia studying children’s literature and I’m trying to put together a collection of useful resources such as this film for an assignment I have. I was wondering if this film would be shown in Australia and if not is there are way i could get a hold of the film?

    My chosen research topic for this assignment is on how literature for girls hhas changed dramatically throughout history but literature boys seems to be unwilling to make any changes. I think that this documentary would be a great assest.

    please get back to me as soon as possible
    Thank you

    • childrenslitproject permalink*
      August 3, 2010 4:13 pm

      Dear Nathan,

      We are working on arranging screenings in Australia for 2011, but nothing has been finalized yet. If you have suggestions for places to show the film or people to contact, please email me at Thanks, and best of luck with your studies!

  4. Susan Maloney permalink
    August 21, 2010 3:48 pm

    Is the film coming to Maine?

    • childrenslitproject permalink*
      August 22, 2010 2:50 pm

      Hi, Susan.

      Yes, Maine is on our list, but nothing confirmed yet. Please email me at with suggestions. Thanks!

  5. Molly Mueller permalink
    September 10, 2010 5:38 am

    Will you be coming to Los Angeles?

    • childrenslitproject permalink*
      September 10, 2010 11:07 pm

      We’re working on UCLA for January or early February. Will post as soon as we’re able.

  6. mmcle489 permalink
    September 10, 2010 5:36 pm

    Hi from the Library Science Department at Kutztown University in PA! We just blogged about your film here:

    Will you be coming to Pennsylvania? Would love to have the film show here or somewhere nearby.


  7. nina permalink
    September 17, 2010 5:22 pm

    Why not thinking about coming to Barcelona? I am doing a Master in Childrens literature and I am sure we could welcome you in the University. And once you are in Europe I could suggest other interesting places where you could come for a screening!

  8. October 1, 2010 7:10 pm

    Hello! Of course I want to know when you’re coming to Philadelphia! I would love to help you bring it there. Thank you!

  9. Kristina permalink
    October 1, 2010 7:40 pm

    Will there be any screenings in Atlanta (or anywhere in Georgia)?

    • childrenslitproject permalink*
      October 2, 2010 1:29 pm

      We’re working on bringing the film to Atlanta and Decatur in the spring. We’ll post info on this blog as soon as we’ve confirmed some dates. Thanks for writing, Kristina!

      • Becky Stanborough permalink
        January 13, 2011 9:29 pm

        You could consider the Decatur Book Festival (September) as a possible screening venue. It’s now one of the largest independent book festivals in the U.S. and it draws giant crowds.

      • childrenslitproject permalink*
        January 14, 2011 1:50 am

        Thanks for the suggestion, Becky.

  10. October 9, 2010 11:39 pm

    How about a stop in Singapore on the way to Australia?

  11. Charlotte Johnston permalink
    October 11, 2010 8:36 pm

    Can’t wait to see your film! I see your planning on trying to be in Atlanta in the spring. Any chance of also stopping in South Carolina?

  12. Melissa Henderson permalink
    October 25, 2010 4:04 pm


    Will you be scheduling any programs in the Chicago area? We have two centers for children’s literature in the vicinity: Center for Teaching through Children’s Books at National-Louis University ( and Butler Children’s Literature Center at Dominican University (, not to mention the Siskel Film Center ( Finally, at what point would schools and libraries be able to purchase copies with/without performance rights?

    Thank you!

    Melissa Henderson, Head of Children’s Services
    Glencoe Public Library

    • childrenslitproject permalink*
      October 25, 2010 4:18 pm


      We are looking at several Chicago possibilities. We’;; be in touch via email. Thanks for your interest!

  13. Cecelia Wallin permalink
    November 2, 2010 7:49 pm

    Please let me know of any Chicago-area screenings. Thank you.

  14. Marie Donovan permalink
    November 2, 2010 10:23 pm

    We’d love to discuss becoming involved with any Chicago screenings you have planned–or helping you consider one on our campus (the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago OR the downtown Chicago ‘Loop’). We children’s lit faculty work closely with our Chicago chapter of SCBWI and so would enjoy connecting you with them, too, if you’re not already connected. Please let me know how we might help. Thanks, Marie Donovan, Associate Professor of Education, DePaul University, Chicago

    • childrenslitproject permalink*
      November 3, 2010 11:44 am

      We’ll keep you posted. We should have something in late winter or spring in Chicago.

  15. November 4, 2010 2:05 am


    I am the Executive Director of the Children’s Book Council, the national trade association for children’s book publishers. Word of your wonderful film has reached us and we’re wondering if you would consider setting up a screening of the film for people who work in children’s book publishing. We would be happy to spread the word though word seems to be spreading like wildfire. We would love to show our support for what you’ve put together and bring it to the people who publish the books!

    Thanks for considering it,
    Robin Adelson

    • childrenslitproject permalink*
      November 4, 2010 11:15 pm

      Thanks for writing, Ms. Adelson. I will send you an email.

  16. Carolyn Brodie permalink
    November 5, 2010 11:54 pm

    We would love to host a screening at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. We have the Marantz Picturebook Collection for the Study of Picturebook Art and the Virginia Hamilton Conference on Multicultural Literature for Youth (celebrating 27 years in 2011). Thank you for your consideration.
    Carolyn S. Brodie, Professor, KSU, School of Library and Information Science

    • childrenslitproject permalink*
      November 6, 2010 2:02 pm

      Thanks, Carolyn. I will send you an email.

  17. Betty Kansler permalink
    November 8, 2010 1:43 pm

    Will you have a screening in Maryland. I teach children’s lit at the College of Notre Dame in Baltimore and would love to talk with you about a screening for college students in the area.

    Betty Kansler
    College of Notre Dame
    Baltimore, Maryland

    • childrenslitproject permalink*
      November 8, 2010 8:03 pm

      I’ll email you. Thanks for writing!

  18. Patricia Kahn permalink
    December 3, 2010 4:37 pm

    I hope, with all my heart, that it will screen in the Sacramento area and the San Francisco Bay Area. There are a whole lot of children’s book writers and illustrators here as well as many, many (did I mention many?) children’s book aficionados.

    I’m wondering if it might be shown through UC Davis and/or University of California Berkeley.

    Thank you so much.
    Pat Kahn

  19. December 13, 2010 4:19 am

    This film looks amazing! Are you coming to North Carolina by any chance? I study children’s literature and would love to see this.

  20. Wendy Gouine permalink
    January 7, 2011 9:52 pm

    The film showed at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti Michigan and I LOVED it! When will it be released on DVD?

    • childrenslitproject permalink*
      January 8, 2011 1:29 pm

      Thanks very much, Wendy. We’ll be making an announcement about our future plans for the film this spring. Stay tuned!

  21. Sherri permalink
    January 20, 2011 12:04 am

    Saw the pre-screening at the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville, TN. Loved what I saw, but want to see the complete film. Will it come to Indiana?

    • childrenslitproject permalink*
      January 21, 2011 4:27 pm

      Thanks, Sherri. No plans for Indiana at this point, but if you have suggestions, please email me at

  22. February 9, 2011 4:03 pm

    Will you have a screening near Sarasota, Florida? We have a film festival here in April each year. Hopefully, you film has a spot on the screening schedule.

    • childrenslitproject permalink*
      February 9, 2011 10:44 pm

      We’re working out some Florida dates, but nothing specific yet. We will post to the blog as soon as we’re able.

  23. Jillian Debets permalink
    March 2, 2011 4:12 am

    A friend in New Jersey asked me if I knew of someone who could help with getting to show the film here in Australia. My only suggestion is to contact the Victorian Writers’ Centre and ask if they have any contacts who could help.
    – Jillian.

    • childrenslitproject permalink*
      March 2, 2011 12:18 pm

      Thanks for the suggestion, Jillian. We will contact them soon.

  24. Leanne Bowler permalink
    March 8, 2011 5:58 pm

    I can’t wait to see the film! Are you coming to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania?

    • childrenslitproject permalink*
      March 9, 2011 7:38 pm

      I’ve sent you an email, Leanne. Thanks.

  25. Jess permalink
    March 19, 2011 1:34 am

    This film sounds incredible!! I am hoping to go into elementary education and get a graduate degree in children’s literature 🙂 Will this film be coming to Philadelphia? or will it at least be released for purchase on DVD?

  26. Deb Thomas permalink
    March 21, 2011 10:39 pm

    What about Vancouver? Any plans to head west in Canada?

    • childrenslitproject permalink*
      March 23, 2011 11:47 pm

      We were at University of Victoria in January. No plans for new screenings in western Canada just yet, but stay tuned.

  27. March 23, 2011 1:55 pm

    Hi there,

    Came across details of your film on David Maybury’s blog and wanted to introduce our organisation as a point of contact, should you be interested in screening it in Ireland.

    Regards, Tom

    • childrenslitproject permalink*
      March 23, 2011 11:48 pm

      Tom, we’re definitely interested in screening in Ireland. I’ll email you.

  28. Sister Kate Whalen, SSND permalink
    April 5, 2011 3:06 pm

    I live in a residence that is home and licensed health facility for a large number of retired sister teachers of young children. They would love to see the documentary but unfortunately could never attend something in the evening or get out to a facility with ease. Is there going to be a way in the future to see this documentary without being among the literati elite? I don’t mean to sound mean or maybe I do! I am an activity director now. I was a reading/literature teacher for 35 years. But I am well aware of the “left on the shelf attitude” the happens to a lot of the elderly and here to many of the elderly, some of whom were faculty down at the college where the documentary was shown.

    • childrenslitproject permalink*
      April 5, 2011 10:49 pm

      We’re working on plans for releasing the DVD and digital downloads by the end of 2011 or early 2012. We will announce here on the blog and elsewhere. Thanks!

  29. Judy Nitsch Russell permalink
    April 7, 2011 10:22 pm

    When are you screening in Texas? My son wrote the music and I can’t wait to see this!!!

    • childrenslitproject permalink*
      April 8, 2011 2:37 am

      We’re still working on it. I’ll let Jason know as soon as we have a confirmed date in your area.

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