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Gorgeous Book on Russian Alice Illustrators


Illustrated Editions of Alice in Wonderland from the USSR and the Post-Soviet Era

Those amazing folks at Artists’ Choice Editions have done it again!

“With the advent of Glasnost, in the late ’80s, there was a resurgence of illustrated editions of Lewis Carroll’s Alice books. We are happy to publish the first English language edition of a survey of the vast array published from Azerbaijan to Vladivostok, most of which have never been seen in the West before.

“The book is 176 pages with 170 b/w and colour illustrations. It includes a Checklist of more than sixty illustrated books. There are two editions, both numbered and bound in a Continental style binding. The Standard of 160 copies is £96.00. The Special Edition of 48 copies includes a folder with four original signed and numbered Aqua-tints by internationally known Ukrainian printmakers, a copy of the book 1/4 bound in leather, all in a solander box. £540.00”

Very highly recommended. Click here!

Stephen Hawking as the Mad Hatter?!

Well, we knew he was a genius but this takes him to a whole new level!  Columnist Ben Bowie of The Guardian write in his article about an upcoming documentary with Dr Hawking:

I went to a fancy dress party he threw, and the theme was Alice in Wonderland. He went as the Mad Hatter, and he looked great. I went as the King of Hearts and looked ridiculous, but he said I looked “magnificent”.

Don’t know about you, but I gotta see pictures from that party 🙂

 

Boundless Books

The entire texts of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland plus 49 other literary classics from Aesop to Lovecraft in 128 pages? Well, yes it’s oversize (10¼” x 15″), but the secret is that each book or story is complete on one page (in very small type)! A magnifying glass is included, and gaps in the text provide an accompanying image (such as that of Holmes on the cover, left, or our Alice, right). The magicians are the fine folks at Postertext in Vancouver, gathered together by the equally fine folks at Chronicle Books. More details here.

Dutch Lewis Carroll Society

Interest in Lewis Carroll and his works continues to grow!  New to me, but originally founded in the 1970s is the Dutch Lewis Carroll Society – Lewis Carroll Genootschap.

genootschapSince 1976 there has been a Dutch Lewis Carroll Society, named “Lewis Carroll Genootschap” (LCG). During the past 30 years, however, this society remained dormant, without any activities. Recently, two Dutch Carrollians, Bas Savenije and Casper Schuckink Kool, have initiated a revival of the society. The mission of the society is promoting contacts, primarily (but not exclusively) in The Netherlands and the Flanders area, between individuals and organisations, interested in the life and work of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known as Lewis Carroll.

The LCG aims at providing a platform for everyone concerned with Lewis Carroll by distributing publications (whether print or on-line), exchanging information with sister-societies in the United Kingdom and the USA, organising exhibitions and presentations, publishing a newsletter, maintaining a website and convening a festive annual event.

Starting with a website (www.lewiscarrollgenootschap.nl, in Dutch), we are now trying to get in touch with others in the Dutch speaking region who are interested in Lewis Carroll. Since we aim to extend the activities outside this region, publications and other forms of communication will not only be in Dutch but also in English. An English version of the website will become available.

When there is sufficient interest, a festive revival meeting will be organised, with an attractive program and ample opportunity to discuss the society’s plans. Do you want to be informed about the plans and the revival meeting? Please make yourselves known to the following address: info@lewiscarrollgenootschap.nl.

April in Belgium: Call for Papers

The English Department and the Dean’s Service of the Faculty of Translation and Interpretation of the University of Mons (Belgium) are inviting proposals for their first joint conference on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland to be held in April 2017. (Click on the poster at left for a .pdf of the announcement.)

The “Say What You Mean, and Mean What You Say (SWYM-MWYS)” Conference on Alice in Wonderland will be held April 19-21, 2017, and is organized around the following areas of inquiry:

  • Lewis Carroll (life, journals, other works, etc.)
  • Alice in translation
  • Adaptations of Alice
  • Alice in the (post-)postmodern era

The scientific committee will consider all abstracts, even if they are not limited to the aforementioned topics, as long as they are related to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, or Lewis Carroll. We are particularly interested in papers focusing on the translations in rarer languages and on Alice on stage.

The official languages of the conference are English and French. Please send an abstract of 250-300 words for a 20-minute paper to alice.conference@umons.ac.be along with five keywords and a short bio (200 words max.) and affiliation in .doc format by the 1st of November 2016. Selected contributors will be notified by the 15th of December 2016.

If you have any questions, please feel free to  contact either Justine Houyaux (justine.houyaux@umons.ac.be) or Corinne Leburton (corinne.leburton@umons.ac.be).

Scientific committee: Christophe Den Tandt, PhD (ULB), Lobke Ghesquiere, PhD (UMONS), Audrey Louckx, PhD (UMONS), Christine Michaux, PhD (UMONS), Hannah Priest, PhD (Manchester Metropolitan University), Jean Robertson, PhD (UMONS), Charlène Meyers (UMONS), Justine Houyaux (UMONS).

 

Spring Meeting Videos Available!

For those of you who could not attend the amazing spring meeting at the University of Maryland this past April, fear not!  UMD graciously filmed all the talks and are now available for viewing on YouTube!  Relive the magic that is a bunch of Carrollians talking about Alice.

Fall Meeting Notice!

The moment you’ve all been waiting for is finally here!  The Fall meeting notice is up and available.  Mark your calendars and we’ll see you in NYC!

A Bar of Mottled Soap

He thought he saw an Argument
That proved he was the Pope:
He looked again, and found it was
A Bar of Mottled Soap.
“A fact so dread,” he faintly said,
“Extinguishes all hope!”

Those fine folks at the Unemployed Philosopher’s Guild have come up with yet another fine item for Carrollians: Alice’s Tiny Little Hand Soap that “grows smaller and smaller with repeated use, then shrinks away altogether.” Just three bucks!

Charles van Sandwyk’s Wonderland from the Folio Society

The Folio Society has released a gorgeous edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, illustrated by the renowned Canadian artist Charles van Sandwyk. With a vellum binding blocked in real gold, exquisite typography, and a hand-printed etching signed by the illustrator, this deluxe edition would make a handsome addition to any collection. It is limited to 1,000 copies and retails for $865. Read more about it here.

Jabbawockeez Performance at the NBA Finals

So apparently there is a sports thing going on here in the US right now, something called Basketball?  Anyway, during the Game 5 half-time show of the NBA Finals on June 13, a dance troupe with the Carroll-inspired name Jabbawockeez performed a very entertaining routine in a hip-hop/dubstep style that I find quite mesmerizing.  I hope you enjoy it too!