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The Phantom Tollbooth: A Celebration of a Classic with Author Norton Juster and Bill Harley

Family Event with Film Screening and Book Signing

Noon Performance

Sunday, July 12, 2015 - 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET
Code: 1P0464
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Please note: The listed child price is for those under 15.

Travel to magical Lands Beyond with Norton Juster, author of one of the most universally beloved children’s books of our time. Whether you read The Phantom Tollbooth as a child or discovered the pun-filled 1961 novel as an adult, it’s likely you fell in love with Milo, Tock, and the Princesses Rhyme and Reason.

The Phantom Tollbooth brims with wit, warmth, and insights into the imagination and the human condition. Juster and Grammy-winning singer-storyteller Bill Harley, who wrote “Milo’s Tune” inspired by the story, reflect on the book’s enduring relevance over half a century.  

The conversation is moderated by Janice L. Kaplan, producer of the new documentary The Phantom Tollbooth: Beyond Expectations, which makes its Washington premiere during the program. The film explores the longtime friendship between Juster and the book’s illustrator Jules Feiffer—both 82 at the time of filming—and chronicles how the classic tale came together.

Copies of the documentary, The Phantom Tollbooth, and Bill Harley’s Charlie Bumpers vs. the Teacher of the Year and Dirty Joe the Pirate are on sale following the program.

Program subject to change.

Other Connections

Watch the trailer for The Phantom Tollbooth: Beyond Expectations.


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