`Tuck Everlasting' author to sign books in Milford

Natalie Babbitt, author of the children's classic, Tuck Everlasting, will sign copies of her book on Saturday, March 21, at 1 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Milford, 1375 Boston Post Road.
A portion of the sales will be donated to East Shore Middle School.
Published in 1975, Tuck Everlasting explores the fantasy of what it would be like to live forever. When a young girl, Winnie, meets the Tuck family, she has the opportunity to witness how their lives changed once they drank from a magic spring in the woods.
In New York, the Thalia Kids' Book Club and Bank Street Bookstore commemorated the 40th anniversary of Tuck Everlasting last weekend at Symphony Space in New York City. Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked, spoke at the event because he wrote the forward to the 40th anniversary edition, which was recently released by Macmillan Publishing.
At the Barnes & Noble's book signing, Samuel Fisher Babbitt, Natalie Babbitt’s husband, will read excerpts from Tuck Everlasting. A professional actor, Samuel Babbitt joined Actor's Equity a few years ago at the age of 80.
Natalie Babbitt began her career in 1966 as the illustrator of The Forty-ninth Magician, in collaboration with her husband. When her husband became a college president and no longer had time to collaborate, Natalie tried her hand at writing. Her first novel, The Search for Delicious, established her gift for writing magical tales with profound meaning. She received a Newbery Honor Medal for Kneeknock Rise.
Tuck Everlasting was adapted into a major motion picture in 2002 starring Alexis Bledel, William Hurt, Sissy Spacek and Ben Kingsley. Preview performances for a musical based upon the book begin this week in Atlanta, Ga. Directed by Tony-nominated director and choreographer Casey Nicholau (“The Book of Mormon,” “The Drowsy Chaperone”), the production is slated to move to Broadway.
Natalie and Samuel Babbitt live in Hamden.
Babbitt's daughter, Lucy, also an author, is currently on leave as an educator in the Milford schools. She works as a part-time bookseller at Barnes & Noble Milford while she completes her latest novel. Lucy and her husband, Mark, reside in Stratford.
Books will be available for purchase in advance, and a receipt of purchase will be needed at the book signing.
For more information, contact Karen Dydzuhn, Community Business Development Manager, Barnes & Noble, at 203-301-0371 or email crm2240@bn.com.