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Thalia Kids' Book Club: Pam Munoz Ryan's The Dreamer
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+ About the Performance
This program was recorded 04/18/2010 at Symphony Space.

The award-winning author of Esperanza Rising talks about her stunning new book, a fictional biography of Pablo Neruda's younger years that combines elements of magical realism with poetry, history and literary fiction. This inspirational book beautifully depicts how the awkward, shy, imaginative Chilean schoolboy Neftali Reyes, mesmerized by the natural world, became the world-renowned poet Pablo Neruda. Rita Wolf will perform an excerpt from the novel.

"Ryan writes movingly in clear, poetic language that children will sink into." - Booklist


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+ About the Artists

Madeline Cohen has been Symphony Space’s Education Director since 1989. She directs the Curriculum Arts Project (CAP) Program, which gives thousands of students insight into social studies curriculum through interaction with the arts and artists in the classroom, at museums, and at Peter Norton Symphony Space. She co-organizes Symphony Space’s All Write! program for adult literacy students modeled after Symphony Space’s series, Selected Shorts: A Celebration of the Short Story; and is the co-director of the Thalia Kids Book Club Camp, launched this past summer and the Global Arts Camp, launched this winter.

Pam Muñoz Ryan
is a recipient of the NEA’s Human and Civil Rights Award and the Virginia Hamilton Literary Award for multicultural literature. She has written more than thirty books for young readers, including the beloved novels Riding Freedom, Esperanza Rising, Becoming Naomi León, and Paint the Wind, which have garnered countless accolades, including The Pura Belpré Medal, The Jane Addams Award, and the Schneider Family Award. Her newest book is The Dreamer, a fictional biography of the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. She lives near San Diego with her family. You can visit her at

Rita Wolf
was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for her role in David Greig’s The American Pilot at Manhattan Theatre Club. Her career began at the Royal Court Theatre in London with Hanif Kureishi’s Borderline. Her New York theatre credits include David Hare’s Stuff Happens at the Public Theater, A.R. Gurney’s O, Jerusalem at The Flea and Tony Kushner’s Homebody/Kabul, at New York Theatre Workshop and Brooklyn Academy of Music. Her film credits include Stephen Frears’ My Beautiful Laundrette. She is a founding member of the London-based Kali Theatre Company. Recently, she narrated the audiobook recording of Benazir Bhuttos’ Reconciliation, available at

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