Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass Video Interview
Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass, originally published as Northern Lights in 1995, won the Carnegie Medal for children's fiction published in Britain that year. In 2007, it was named the "Carnegie of Carnegies," voted by readers the best Carnegie winner of the last 70 years. The Golden Compass is the first book in Pullman's epic fantasy trilogy, His Dark Materials, describing the otherworldly adventures of 11-year-old Lyra and her companions.
Get to know the author of this thrilling fantasy series by watching our November 2007 video interview. Learn how he got the ideas for the series, his thoughts about the movie adaptation of The Golden Compass, and his plans for a new book about Lyra. Pullman also offers advice for young writers, and his thoughts about the importance of reading.
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On November 2, 2007, Philip Pullman appeared on the Today Show to talk about his book The Golden Compass and answer questions. He responds to the claim that his books are anti-Catholic, and asserts that he is not promoting atheism in The Golden Compass.
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