“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read.
It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me
with all the people who were alive, who had ever been alive.”
― James Baldwin
Hello dear people in my life regardless of time, distance and food choices,
Hope this finds you well in your pocket of the world.
Thirty years ago Wynn Handman and Elise Thoron founded Literature To Life and I, along with countless other actors, performed 60-minute solo, staged adaptations of literature classics. For over 12 years, I performed The House on Mango Street in Public libraries, school auditoriums, performing arts centers, prisons, shelters and classrooms the size of a supply closet for schools so underfunded and overcrowded they had no room to spare. This is where I understood Wynn’s legacy, manifested through Literature to Life: Voices Worth Hearing to those who need it MOST.
As of today, eight (and counting) of our titles in both our current and past roster have been banned in various schools and venues nationwide.
Among the casualties: Fahrenheit 451. Book banning/ Book burning…Ray Bradbury was not doling out hypotheticals here.
Now more than ever, Literature To Life’s commitment to unleash the power of a book, banned or approved (for now), is both crucial and urgent.
Our second Literature to Life Gala https://literaturetolife.org/
virtual-gala (invite below) will be held on Feb 28th at 7pm to support the students, teachers and continuum of this significant work. I hope you can join us and our Lit to Life community in celebrating the power of a book to transform a life (think of a few of your own).
If you cannot attend, please consider making a donation (no amount is too small) here: Lit to Life. Every contribution helps a young person connect with a book that just might transform their life.
If you cannot give at this time, please share this event and our website with others.
PS: Educators, students, artists, anyone struggling financially at this time– pay what you can. No one left behind. Or roadside..
Thank you all for your continued support throughout the years, whether financial, creative or simply and magnanimously by your presence in my life.
Ana Maria Jomolca