Becoming Dr. Seuss: Theodor Geisel and the Making of an American Imagination
Dr. Seuss: With more than 600 million copies of his books sold worldwide, few names are as recognizable and beloved. Yet Theodor Geisel was more nuanced than his outsized legacy. Geisel was a complicated man on an important mission, teaching young people about empathy and how to treat others well. Geisel took his responsibility as a writer for children seriously, never talking down to readers, no matter how small. Agonizing over word choices and rhymes, touching up drawings sometimes for years, he upheld a rigorous standard of perfection for his work. Geisel delighted children while they learned. Suddenly, reading became fun.
8:30 AM | Bethel United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall
Brian Jay Jones, former president of Biographers International Organization, is a speechwriter and bestselling biographer of George Lucas and Jim Henson. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife and a very excitable dog who refuses to stay off the furniture.