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Camilla Dickinson Release and NYC Event!

Updated: Jan 6, 2023


On Thursday August 27th, Books of Wonder is thrilled to invite readers and movie lovers to join screenwriter-director Cornelia Duryée (Madeleine L'Engle's goddaughter) and co-producer Charlotte Jones Voiklis (Madeleine L'Engle's granddaughter) for an informal chat as they talk, with some authority, about Madeleine L'Engle and her early novels, such as "Camilla", and illustrate their discussion with a screening of clips from CAMILLA DICKINSON, engage in Q & A, and sign DVDs. A hardcover edition of the book is your gift with purchase (limited to the first 20 customers who purchase the DVD or any of Madeleine L'Engle's hardcover books). We may even have a surprise guest or two from the cast!

Based on the book Camilla, by Madeleine L’Engle, Fifteen-year-old Camilla Dickinson (Adelaide Clemens) has led a sheltered life on the Upper East Side with her architect father (Cary Elwes) and beautiful, but fragile mother (Samantha Mathis).

But when her parents’ marriage begins to fall apart, Camilla finds herself caught in the middle. Her mother doesn’t want her to grow up and treats her like a child, while her father is cold and forbidding. Camilla’s friendship with Luisa (Colby Minifie) offers some escape from her stifling parents, but Luisa has problems with her own parents, both of whom are alcoholic. When Camilla meets Luisa’s older brother Frank (Gregg Sulkin), an unlikely friendship is formed, and she finds herself increasingly drawn to him. Rebellious, perhaps even a bit dangerous, and different from anyone she has ever known, Frank introduces Camilla to a world outside her sheltered apartment walls.

As their relationship deepens, Camilla and Frank realize that their parents can’t help them grow up, so they must help each other. Together they discover that the future is in their own hands.

CAMILLA DICKINSON -- a coming-of-age drama, set in 1948 – is being released on DVD and digital VOD on August 25th. Based on Madeleine L’Engle’s 1951 novel, the movie was adapted and directed by her goddaughter, Cornelia Duryée, produced by Larry Estes, and co-produced by Charlotte Jones Voiklis, Madeleine's granddaughter. The novel was influenced by real events in Madeleine's young life in Manhattan and stars Adelaide Clemens (Rectify), Samantha Mathis (Under The Dome), Gregg Sulkin (Faking It), and Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride) The movie also stars Colby Minifie, Margaret Colin, Robert Picardo, Camryn Manheim, and Salvator Xuereb.


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