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Spring Meeting Announced!!

Our 2017 Spring Meeting will be in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area on the weekend of March 31 – April 2. The full-day Saturday meeting with be at the state-of-the-art Koret Auditorium (left) of the San Francisco Public Library Main Branch, followed by a reception at the San Francisco Center for the Book. Speakers and presentations comprise a particularly fascinating lineup: click here for the complete program and all related matters (transportation, accommodations, meals, advance reservations, etc.). On Sunday, a trip to the Wine Country is in order, visiting the renowned Burstein Collection in Petaluma (right, although Alice is Photoshopped, not painted). Start making plans and reservations right away!

Fine Press “Jabberwocky”

A beautiful 24-page, apx. 7 x 10 inch letterpress “Jabberwocky” has been printed and illustrated by Norman McKnight of the Philoxenia Press in Berkeley in an edition of 50. He describes is as “a pamphlet sewn into covers and Japanese Yuzen wrappers. The typeface is 20 point Frühling by Rudolf Koch (1914), and newly cast at the Stempel Foundry in Frankfurt-am-Main. The title is set in 60 point Goudy Text and 36 point Luthersche Fraktur. The text paper is Rives Heavyweight White. The wrapper has a tipped-on duplicate of plate #1. The cost is $50 sent post free.” Email Norman at philoxenia@earthlink.net.

The Wonderland House

A developer in Woodbridge (a suburb of Detroit) has rehabilitated a century-old home, turning it into a “Wonderland House” with statuary, stained glass windows, and the like. He previously has done houses on the themes of Dr. Seuss’s Lorax and the movie Up. Details here.

The Met Releases Digital Assets

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC announced that it is making 370,000 public domain items in their collection available digitally for download. Searching for “Lewis Carroll” has 63 results, eight of them his own photographs, such as The Beggar Maid (left).

Raymond Smullyan, 1919 – 2017

The mad, mathematical, musical, magical, and thoroughly Carrollian Raymond Smullyan died on February 6th at the age of 97. Renowned for his logic puzzles, lightning wit, many books, magic tricks, and brilliant improvisations at the piano, Smullyan will be particularly remembered by Carrollians for his 1982 book Alice in Puzzle-Land: A Carrollian Tale for Children Under Eighty and his droll lecture on Carrollian Logic at our fall 2012 gathering in New York, not to mention his magic tricks at dinner that night. As we prepare an appropriate “In Memoriam” column for the Knight Letter, you can read more about this most remarkable individual in Wikipedia or his obituary in The New York Times. Or see the 2001 documentary This Film Needs No Title: A Portrait of Raymond Smullyan .

“Why should I worry about dying? It’s not going to happen in my lifetime!” – R. Smullyan

San Francisco Public Library Celebrates Alice

The Main Library (Civic Center) of the San Francisco Public Library celebrates Alice this month. It begins with an exhibit at the sixth-floor Skylight Gallery, The Illustrated Alice: The Imagining of Wonderland, which runs Tuesday, January 10 through Saturday, April 1. Its Annual Holiday Lecture takes place on Thursday, January 26, at 6 p.m. in the Koret Auditorium, to wit, Mark Burstein’s “What IS It about Alice?” illustrated talk. All is tied to the Spring meeting of our fine Society, which also takes place at the Koret, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 1. All events are free and open to the public.

Illustration by Adriana Peliano.

For Snark Hunters and Jabberwock Fans

David Elliot has done it again! The multi-award-winning New Zealand writer and illustrator who produced an amazing version of The Snark in 2006 has written and lavishly illustrated Snark: Being a true history of the expedition that discovered the Snark and the Jabberwock … and its tragic aftermath, published by Otago University Press. Based around the discovery and purchase of an old box that contained an expedition diary kept by the Boots, it describes the events of the voyage, including the surprising discovery of the Jabberwock! Both poems are fully illustrated herein as well. A most handsome production, a fine tale, and a delight for all Carrollians! Jacketed hardback, full color, 250 x 285 mm (9.8 x 11.2 inches), 208 pages, ISBN 978 1 877578 94 6. Highly recommended! Order directly from the distributors here (same price as Amazon).

Wacky Alice Opera at L. A. Phil

Gerald Barry’s Alice’s Adventures Under Ground, a co-commission with the Royal Opera, where the piece was presented on November 28 at the Barbican with much the same cast, had its premiere on November 22 at the Walt Disney Concert Hall with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, under the baton of Thomas Adès. Described as “completely bonkers” by The Daily Telegraph and “the craziest opera yet” in a review in the L. A. Times, the 50-minute piece by a composer referred to by the staid New Yorker as “an exuberant anarchist who traffics in polystylistic delirium,” the piece seems to have captured the mad spirit of the original, and garnered wildly positive reviews. Here’s hoping it makes it to CD, DVD, or, better, other performances. The LA Phil had this to say about it. You can hear an interview and excerpts here.

Lost Looking-Glass Ms. Found?

Was Lewis Carroll’s hand-drawn manuscript of Through the Looking-Glass destroyed, or did it just go underground for almost 150 years? Looking-Glass House: The Lost Manuscript of Through the Looking-Glass imagines the rough draft of Carroll’s 1871 sequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in Carroll’s own meticulous handwriting and features more than thirty pen-and-ink illustrations that look astonishingly similar to Carroll’s own charming drawings from Alice’s Adventures under Ground. See how Carroll might have imagined the chess kings and queens, the Jabberwock, and the Tweedle twins before Tenniel drew them!

Lovingly “re-“created by Daniel Rover Singer, illustrated by Jonathan David Dixon, designed by Andrew Ogus, with editorial oversight by Mark Burstein, this is a must-have! Order from Amazon here.

David Delamare 1951-2016

We are very sad to learn that the extraordinary artist David Delamare passed away peacefully of natural causes on September 19th at the age of 64. His magical vision of Wonderland is preserved in a spectacular edition published by his wife, Wendy Ice, which will be available next month. Please read her lovely tribute to him on Kickstarter.

(LCSNA members receive a permanent 10% discount on gifts, books, and prints on his site by using customer code LCSNA.)