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Thalia Kids' Book Club: 40th Anniversary of Tuck Everlasting
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This project is funded by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, through the generous support of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

+ About the Performance
This program was recorded 01/25/2015 at Symphony Space.

The award-winning author discusses her unforgettable novel , first published in 1975, with author Gregory Maguire (Wicked). Babbitt's classic story centers on a young girl who stumbles upon the mysterious Tuck family and their secret, magic spring. The moving prose and rich imagery have made this story a favorite among young readers. Samuel F. Babbitt and Colby Minifie perform excerpts from the novel. 

+ About the Artists

Natalie Babbitt is the beloved and award-winning author of Tuck Everlasting, which was first published in 1975 and has since sold 3.5 million copies in the US alone, and has never been out of print. Her other works include The Eyes of the Amaryllis, Knee-Knock Rise, and many other books for young people. She began her career in 1966 as the illustrator of The Forty-Ninth Magician, a collaboration with her husband. When her husband became a college president and no longer had time to collaborate, Babbitt tried her hand at writing. Her first novel, The Search for Delicious, established her gift for writing magical tales with profound meaning. Knee-Knock Rise was awarded a Newbery Honor, and in 2002, Tuck Everlasting was adapted into a major motion picture. She also received the inaugural E.B. White Award for achievement in children’s literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her most recent novel is The Moon Over High Street.

Samuel F. Babbitt has been active in the Providence theater scene for over 20 years as administrator, board member, and professional actor with the Gamm Theatre in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Prior to pursuing his life-long passion for theatre, he worked extensively in academia, including positions at Vanderbilt University, and Brown University, and Kirkland College, where he served as president from 1965 to 1978. He married Natalie Zane Moore in 1954. The Babbitts have recently relocated to the New Haven area.

Gregory Maguire is the author of nine novels for adults, including Wicked, which inspired the Broadway musical of the same name, and its sequels Son of a Witch, A Lion Among Men, and Out of Oz. Other works include Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, The Hamlet Chronicles series, and What-the-Dickens: The Story of a Rogue Tooth Fairy. His most recent novel for children is Egg & Spoon, a fantasy set in Tsarist Russia that has been optioned by Universal Studios for a film musical. Maguire is an occasional reviewer for the Sunday New York Times Book Review and a founding director (emeritus) of Children’s Literature New England, Inc., a nonprofit aimed to raise awareness of the significance of literature in the lives of children. He has performed original work on NPR’s All Things Considered.

Colby Minifie most recently starred in MCC’s production of Punk Rock. She can currently be seen in City Of at Playwrights Realm. She has also appeared on Broadway in The Pillowman and Off Broadway in Close Up Space (MTC), Landscape of the Body (Signature), and The Dark at the Top of the Stairs (Transport Group). Her television credits include roles on Law and Order, Law and Order: SVU; The Michael J. Fox Show, The Blacklist, Black Box, Nurse Jackie, and Glee; and her film work includes Deep Powder, Camilla Dickinson, The Greatest, and The Winning Season.

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