For seventy-seven years, presidents, prime ministers, and all manner of luminaries have taken the sting out of American politics with their humorous jousting at the legendary Al Smith Memorial Dinner. The film that M+ ADLubow created for this year’s event is narrated by the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The Wall Street Journal, Peggy Noonan. The gifted Ms. Noonan penned some of the greatest presidential speeches of the last Century. Her “These Are the Boys of Pointe du’Hoc” written for Ronald Reagan’s appearance at the 40th Anniversary of D-Day is celebrated today for the timing and timbre of its commitment to freedom. Yes, it saluted the U.S. Rangers who scaled the cliffs to take out the heavy guns of Naziism. Less remembered is the way the speech acknowledged the sacrifices of the Russian people and then, from a position of strength and confidence and in a spirit of reconciliation, asked the Soviet Union for some sign that it was willing to seize the beachhead of peace. Two years later, we had Glasnost. Such is the power of poetry. “For sheer oratorical elegance,” historian Douglas Brinkley wrote, this would become “one of the most inspirational presidential speeches ever delivered.”
Rather than just drone on about books and advertising and the general state of things here on earth, we’d like to post two aerial videos shot and edited by Arthur Lubow as a volunteer for the Mountaintop Arboretum and Onteora Club.
Here is a shot of Hidden Marsh, a secret treasure reachable by a brief hike through the woods. It’s all part of the theme we developed for The Mountaintop Arboretum called “Nature’s Art: Performing Daily. Up after that, is a view of the new lakefront at Onteora Club.
We’re honored to say that The Boy and the Boy King can now be found in the Children’s Egyptian Books and Games section of the MetStore.
Since the George H. Lewis illustrations were originally conceived at the Museum’s Temple of Dendur, it’s as if the book has come home.
Based on the initial run, the MetStore has tripled its order.
You can also find The Boy and the Boy King at Olana: The Frederic Church National Historic Site, Amazon and National Geographic’s Beyond King Tut: The Immersive Exhibition scheduled to appear in 7 cities.
UPDATE: The MetStore will feature The Boy and the Boy King on a special online feature called SET AT THE MET.
An illustrated poem by A.D. Lubow inspired by the names of two lovers carved long ago in stone on a lonely mountaintop. Lovingly illustrated by Mei Li, a rising star in animation. Masterfully recited by the brilliant Welsh actor, Matthew Rhys.
A nice AudioFile listing today for Audible edition of “The Boy and the Boy King.” The reviewer writes: “Along with a magical and poetic story, listeners are treated to a tour of ancient Egypt.” The nice review is a credit to the way George Lewis’s reading gives each of the characters such a distinctive voice. See the whole review here.
There is a church in upstate New York that welcomes folks of all denominations. Now that our enterprise has devoted itself fully to celebrating unity, peace and friendship, we prepared this video overview. This flyover is set to an excerpt from “A Hymn for All Souls” by A.D. Lubow, arranged by Chris Whittaker.
As the text goes: “Air is a love song that we breathe.”
You can hear the full recording on amazon music here.
As Admiral John Richardson, former Chief of Naval Operations, tells us: “This story reminds us that genuine personal connection can triumph over all…even over war: It’s powerful.”
AFTER THE RACE: A Tale of Two Olympians
By Alec Sokolow (co-writer of Toy Story) and A.D. Lubow
with illustrations by Mei Li
Originally conceived for the Olympic committee, this true story evolved into a picture book and may yet turn into an animated short. While the book is being considered for publication, we are releasing a special edition to all who champion peace. In fact, the United States Olympic & Paralympic Museum is adopting the book for its new curriculum.
We are very gratified by the responses from so many VIPs:
“An amazing, beautifully illustrated story that covers all the life lessons and the TRUE meaning of the Olympic movement. It should be required reading for anyone who competes in a sport.” — Mike Teti, Olympic Rower and U.S. National Men’s Rowing Coach (currently training the U.S. eight for the Tokyo Olympics)
“See how two people conditioned to oppose each other can find friendship and respect through commonality. This is a must read! I am a better person today after reading After the Race!” — Florent Groberg, Congressional Medal of Honor recipient
“This is a wonderful story spectacularly illustrated for children and their parents and grandparents. It creates a beacon of hope in these times of great division. In his compelling narrative Peter Bos highlights fierce competition, the power of friendship, an eloquent patriotism as well as a journey seeking peace. This is a truly remarkable book. If only we could see the world through our children’s eyes with the boundless wisdom of age.” —Admiral Mike Mullen, U. S. Navy (Ret.), 17th Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff”
“Looking at Earth through my spacecraft’s windows reinforced a very important lesson I learned from rowing, one that is powerfully illustrated by this story. We’re all in the same boat and we move ahead best when we all work together.” —Captain Wendy Lawrence, member of first women’s rowing team at the U.S. Naval Academy and former NASA astronaut
“A wonderfully illustrated picture book…a poignant and timely tale of hope… a reminder to our human race of what really matters.” — Matthew Rhys, star of A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood and the hit TV series The Americans and Perry Mason.
“A beautifully illustrated story that captures not only the spirit of the Olympic Games but the broader meaning of sport.” — Mary Mazzio, Olympic rower and creator and producer of the widely acclaimed documentary, “A Most Beautiful Thing.”
“After the Racemoved me to my core. I would be privileged and delighted to share this beautiful story with young guests of the United States Olympic & Paralympic Museum. The story also ties in beautifully with a new curriculum initiative that we are launching this summer titled, Becoming Your Personal Best: Life Lessons from Olympians and Paralympians.” — Tiffany Stahl, Manager of Educational Programming, The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Museum
“Reading this book made me sad at first, but then happy and hopeful. It was such a sweet book.”— Charlotte Almond, age 14
In time for the Olympics, order pre-pub edition here.
The next chapter of AD Lubow continues very happily. I remain active with M+, the successor to AD Lubow run by Nico Marcellino. We’re working on some very interesting and worthy projects. And I’m collaborating now with the animator, Mei Li and Alec Sokolow, one of the screenwriters of Toy Story, on a book that couldn’t be more relevant to times such as these.
With warm regards,
P.S. Our publisher is collecting photos of children all over the world reading The Boy and the Boy King. If you have one, please send it to me at: BoyKing@ADLubow.com