National Book Festival

A couple of weeks ago, my two youngest daughters ā€“ hereafter known as Beautiful Dreamer and Castle Builder ā€“ joined me on a trip to the National Book Festival, on the Mall in Washington, D.C. What a fantastic gathering! Of course, not much can be wrong with a bright autumn day and people in love with books milling around. One of my favorite talks was in celebration of A Wrinkle in Time on the 50th anniversary of its publication. I still remember how much I loved that book when I first read it. Hope Larson, one of the panelists giving the talk, said she thought the book was so timeless because of Meg, the main character, who is ordinary and flawed, and yet able to save the world. Iā€™d never heard it put just that way, but I thought she was exactly right. Meg is what sticks in my mind after all these years ā€“ and how her ordinary, rotten, soggy-feeling day at school turns into an adventure that spans the universe.

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