Daily Archives: November 29, 2007

Madeleine L’Engle’s Memorial Service

Today is Madeleine L’Engle’s birthday. Because of that, yesterday a memorial service was held for her at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine here in New York City. It was quite extraordinary for me as I’ve not attended too many high church services. It was really moving in so many ways. She was very important to the children’s literature community, the Church’s, and the wider Episcopal Church community as well (two of my colleagues came because they’d known her through that world not the children’s literature one). Many moving words about her were said and some wonderful excerpts from one of her adult books were read. As I wrote before, her books were very important to me when young so I am happy I had a chance to pay my respects at this extraordinary event.

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Waiting for Lyra: The Truth Will Out

Great news this (although not for Bill Donohue):

More than ten years after its original publication, “The Golden Compass” (Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books) has hit USA Today’s Top 50 Best Sellers list, having seen a 500% increase in sales over the last three months.

The Golden Compass’ Popularity Surges in Weeks Leading up to the New Line Cinema… | Reuters

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