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Monday, November 28, 2016

Making our talents count


“A book comes and says, 'Write me.' My job is to try to serve it to the best of my ability, which is never good enough, but all I can do is listen to it, do what it tells me and collaborate.” – Madeleine L'Engle

Born on this day in 1918, L’Engle is best known for her young-adult fiction, particularly the Newbery Medal-winning A Wrinkle in Time and its sequels: A Wind in the Door and the National Book Award-winning A Swiftly Tilting Planet.   Her works reflect both her Christian faith and her strong interest in modern science.

L'Engle wrote her first story at age 5 and began keeping a journal at age 8, but despite writing frequently, she had little financial success and decided to give up writing as a career at age 40.  But her family encouraged her to keep going and she penned A Wrinkle in Time while on a family camping excursion.  The book was rejected 30 times before publisher John Farrar decided to give it a chance, and the rest, as old the saying goes . . . 
Once she made her breakthrough, L’Engle wrote     
dozens of successful books for children and adults and earned multiple writing awards.  In 1998, she received the annual Margaret A. Edwards Award from the American Library Association recognizing her body of work "for its significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature.”

“We can't take any credit for our talents,” L’Engle, who died in 2007, said.  “It's how we use them that counts.”


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