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Center for the Book Dedicates Landmark


In its on going mission to enrich the culture of the book, the Empire State Center for the Book recently sponsored a Literary Landmark at The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine.   It celebrated Madeleine L’Engle, who won the Newbery Medal for the children’s literary classic A Wrinkle in Time (FSG, 1962) and who served as the church’s librarian for more than 40 years.  The dedication that was held on November 29m, what would have been the author’s 94th birthday.  It was cosponsored by the Children’s Book Council and Farrar Straus Giroux, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.

Over 100 friends, family and fans gathered on the cathedral’s main altar to pay tribute with memories and song while unveiling the plaque.  Speakers included L’Engle’s granddaughter, Charlotte Jones Voiklis, Simon Boughton, Senior Vice President & Publisher of Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers, Robin Adelson, executive director of the Children’s Book Council and Leonard Marcus the author of the newly published Listening to Madeleine: A Portrait of Madeleine L’Engle in Many Voices (FSG, 2012).

The wording on the plaque is:

Here Madeleine L’Engle, author of many works of fiction and nonfiction including the Newbery Medal-winning A Wrinkle in Time, served as the Cathedral librarian and participated in the Cathedral’s spiritual life for more than forty years. Her work reflects both her Christian faith and interest in modern science. She was awarded a National Humanities Medal in 2004 and named a member of the NYS Writers Hall of Fame in 2011.

United for Libraries, a division of the American Library Association administers the program.  This literary landmark joins eight others in New York State that include the Algonquin and Plaza Hotels, the Little Red Lighthouse and Sunnyside of the home of Washington Irving, in Westchester County. 

If any library or other organization in New York State wants to sponsor a Literary Landmark in your community, contact Rocco Staino, Director of the Empire State Center for the Book at the New York Library Association.

The photos from the event are provided courtesy of Sara Kelly Johns. 

The Empire State Center for the Book is the New York State affiliate of the Library of Congress and is a project of the New York Library Association.  It receives no funding and depends on the support of individuals and groups.  Donations may be made online by clicking here or by sending them to:

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