Saturday, October 20, 2012

Lloyd Alexander QA & Banquet

This last Thursday, October 18, 2012, we had the first of the Lloyd Alexander events in conjunction with the film.  That day at 11:00 a.m. MDT we had the showing of the mini-doc, Lloyd Alexander: America's High King of Fantasy. Following the film we had a QA session with Dr. James Jacobs (author of the dissertation, "Lloyd Alexander: A Critical Biography"), Dr. Michael Tunnell (Author of "The Prydain Companion") Rachel Wadham (Education and Juvenile Collections Librarian, and Curator of the Lloyd Alexander Collection at BYU), and Jared Crossley (Director of the Lloyd Alexander films).  Here are a couple of pictures from the event:

That evening, we had the "Lloyd Alexander Banquet" with a keynote address by Dr. James Jacobs. What a wonderful event. It was great to listen to a man who knows about the life of Lloyd Alexander as well as anyone. 

In the process of making the film, I searched high and low for those who knew Lloyd the best. I realize there are some who knew him very well that I was not able to locate, or get in contact with, however, I was able to interview many of his closest friends and associates. In all of my research, and speaking with these significant people in Lloyd's life, I found one theme, no one knew more than Dr. James Jacobs about the early years of the life of Lloyd Alexander. 

That evening, at the banquet, we were privileged to hear a life sketch of Lloyd Alexander. What a unique experience. We recorded the speech, and hope to make it available to the public on the Lloyd Alexander Documentary YouTube channel. But for now, enjoy these photos from the night:

Stay tuned for the next post about last nights premiere of the Lloyd Alexander documentary.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Press Release

Here is a press release from Provo, UT about the Lloyd Alexander events this week. Check it out:

Roger Layton

Rachel Wadham
(801) 422-6780

October 15, 2012


PROVO—The Harold B. Lee Library will be hosting the premiere of the student-made documentary,
Lloyd Alexander. The library’s Lloyd Alexander Collection contains the majority of Alexander’s original manuscripts, as well as a replica of his office. Jared Crossley, the creator of the documentary, was able to use this replica to film essential scenes.

“We are so lucky to have the Lloyd Alexander Collection,” said Rachel Wadham, the curator of the
collection. “Lloyd Alexander was such a phenomenal author and it has been a pleasure to use our
resources to help Jared make this documentary.”

The documentary will premiere on Friday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. and is an invitation only event. A public
screening of the documentary will be held on Wednesday Oct. 24 at 4 p.m. in the Harold B. Lee Library auditorium. A shorter documentary entitled Lloyd Alexander: America’s High King of Fantasy will be shown on Thursday Oct. 18 at 11 a.m. Tours of Lloyd Alexander’s office replica will be available after each showing. The L. Tom Perry Special Collections will be hosting a small exhibit to accompany the documentary. The exhibit features books from The Chronicles of Prydain, pages from original manuscripts, original artwork, calligraphy, and letters sent to Lloyd Alexander by fans, as well as one of Lloyd Alexander’s typewriters. The exhibit will be on display for two weeks.

The Harold B. Lee Library is named in honor of the former President of the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints and is the main academic library of Brigham Young University. It is the largest religious library and second-largest private university library in the United States. The library currently has approximately 98 miles of shelving for the more than 6 million items in its various collections, as well as a seating capacity for 4,600 people. The Harold B. Lee Library has been consistently ranked in the nation's Top Ten University Libraries by the Princeton Review.


Monday, October 15, 2012

Ticketing Closed

Ticketing for the Lloyd Alexander Banquet is now closed. However, see the previous post for a list of other events that are still open to the public.