Special Collections and Rare Books exhibit celebrates 50th anniversary of ‘A Wrinkle in Time’

To commemorate the success of the Newberry award-winning classic, Librarian & Curator and an Associate Professor in the University Libraries, Luba Zakharov organized an exhibit in the Darling Library Conference Room displaying rare and signed editions of works from Madeleine L’Engle and other writers from the Chrysostom Society, a fellowship of Christian writers.

Department of Theater, Film and Television professor and co-chair Thomas Parham said he is a huge fan of L’Engle’s “A Wrinkle in Time.” When he was in third grade, he asked a librarian if he could travel through time if he flew across the International Date Line multiple times in a supersonic jet.

“The librarian paused for a second, went to the shelves, and picked up a copy of ‘A Wrinkle in Time.’ She thrust it at me and said, ‘Read this!’” Parham stated. “I read the book. It didn’t exactly answer my question, but it did reframe a lot of things for me.”

Parham said reading L’Engle’s non-fiction book “Walking on Water” in graduate school helped him realize that L’Engle, a devout Episcopalian, was able to subtly insert her faith into her children’s books.

“It was astounding to me how many spiritual principles and allusions she used in these riveting, science-fiction stories for kids. I really admired her for that,” said Parham. “She did it so simply. She didn’t pander to children. They may be smaller and not as educated as adults, but they can still grasp pretty complex concepts.”

Zakharov said that the collaboration and connections between the exhibited works relates to APU’s focus on Christian community and life. She will give a presentation on the exhibit at the international Christianity and Literature Conference held at APU in May. The theme? Collaboration.

“What we’re trying to do is just really reflect what’s already happening at APU,” Zakharov said. “But we’re doing it with rare books and special collections.”

The exhibit will be open until May 20. Those who want a personal tour of the exhibit can email Zakharov at lzakharov@apu.edu.