May 7, 2010

James V. Hart ’69

Screenwriter and author James V. Hart ’69, who reworked the tale of Peter Pan into the film Hook, has received the first Literati Award from Friends of the SMU Libraries for those who have used the written word “to advance the ideals of creativity, conviction, innovation and scholarship and who have had a significant impact on culture and their community.”

Hart’s film writing/producing credits also include Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Contact and Tuck Everlasting. His first novel, Capt. Hook – Adventures of a Notorious Youth, was named among the Top Ten Young Adult Books in 2006 by the American Library Association. He is writing and producing his first animated film, The Legend of the Leafmen, with William Joyce ’81, children’s book author and illustrator and recipient of SMU’s Distinguished Alumni Award.