Azusa Pacific University Libraries join the centennial birthday celebration of the beloved author Madeleine L’Engle with a special collections exhibit titled “In Her Own Words,” curated by Librarian Luba V. Zakharov, M.F.A., M.L.S. Free and open to the public, the exhibit runs from August 27-December 17 in the Hugh and Hazel Darling Library on APU’s West Campus, located at 701 W. Foothill Blvd., in Azusa.
The exhibit features L’Engle’s most famous and acclaimed work, A Wrinkle in Time, which won the Newbery Medal in 1963 and has sold more than 10 million copies. In 2018, Disney adapted the book for a feature film starring Oprah Winfrey. APU’s display showcases a wide range of L’Engle’s other works, from nonfiction to poetry, as well as her personal thoughts on her writing.
Winner of more than 15 honorary doctorates, L’Engle largely influenced the world of science fiction and fantasy, standing among authors such as C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and George MacDonald. The exhibit displays her award-winning fiction, nonfiction, and poetry in a new light by exploring how her love for science wove its way into literature. Bryant Mathews, Ph.D., contributed 3D-printed models, which illustrate tessering, a form of time-travel used throughout many of L’Engle’s works.
Along with sharing her successes as an author, the exhibit celebrates and remembers her impactful life. “I found that the significance of her work was not only due to her brilliant and scientific story telling, but her ‘persona’ was just as powerful and engaging because of how much she embodied the unconditional love she believed in and wrote about,” said Zakharov. “This may be why L’Engle continues, long after her death in 2007, to live in the hearts of her readers.”
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