24 Lit Up (2): David Denby in Conversation with Susin Nielsen

United States
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Studio 1398
$17 / $9.50

David Denby, former film critic for The New Yorker and an acclaimed author, had one central question he wanted to explore in his latest book: can today’s screen-obsessed teenagers be turned into serious readers? He spent a year sitting in on three high school classes to find out. Lit Up is an entertaining account of some of the awkward and baffled beginnings as those kids try to make a connection with books such as The Scarlet Letter or Slaughterhouse-Five. But he also witnesses exciting breakthroughs as students find joy in reading and in charismatic teachers passionately sharing their knowledge. In a sea of bad news about education and the fate of the book, Denby provides a lively rebuttal by giving first-hand evidence that young people in schools everywhere can relate to.

Although this event is sold out, some tickets may be available for purchase at the door.

Suitable for Grades 8-12 and adults.


  • Lit Up, David Denby

Curriculum Connections:

  • Critical Creative thinking. 


  1. Divide the class into debate groups which will argue “Books are out-of-date. Agree or disagree?” and “The internet is a good thing. Agree or disagree?”
  2. Set up a panel of judges to decide which team wins and explain why.