As an avid and unrepentant Dickens fan, my heart was full to see our community come together to hear our great friend, Alec Baldwin, read from Oliver Twist. With his wry sense of humor perfectly matched to Dickens's own, Baldwin jumped right in to the opening chapters of this beloved masterpiece.
The SRO crowd in BookHampton was treated not only to Dickens's words, but also to Baldwin's ongoing and amusing thoughts and commentary.
At one point, he introduced his own fourth grade teacher, Bernice Hoffman, whom he credited with introducing him to the joy of Dickens and other great classics. He asked her to comment on just how important the reading of classics is to our young readers. This, of course, is the definition of a BookHampton friend.
Baldwin called up several youngsters to read alongside him, and these wonderful children proudly dared to take on the often bumpy, but always thrilling, ride of Dickens's prose.