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Down the Rabbit Tunnel

Newfoundland book artist Tara Bryan has produced a new letterpress edition of her “tunnel book” Down the Rabbit Hole (one looks down through the tunnel to read snippets of the text). It comes in a clamshell box that includes a pamphlet book of Chapter One. Originally issued in an edition of 40 in 2005, this new 150th anniversary edition is made with different materials, the museum board is laser-cut, and the pamphlet book is new. Click here for a better view, and here for bibliographic and purchasing information. Edition of 60; $600.

Reading Matter

Librerías Gandhi, one of the largest chains of bookstores in Mexico, commissioned an ad campaign in 2011 (sorry, we just found it) from Ogilvy & Mather, México. The tag line was “Find Your Book,” and it consisted of three digitally produced scenes, each featuring a different literary character reading a book. Gregor Samsa was reading One Hundred Years of Solitude, Little Red Riding Hood Steppenwolf, and to see what Alice was reading, click here.

Alice au pays des comics

Urban Comics in France has published Alice au pays des comics, a French translation of Craig Yoe & Mark Burstein’s Alice in Comicland, a compendium of Carrollian comic book stories from 1901 to 1960. ISBN: 978-2365776769.

Slick Acappella “White Rabbit” Graces Us

Grace Slick’s amazing vocal track to “White Rabbit” has surfaced, sans accompaniment. It’s a little echo-ey and there are 31 seconds of silence before it starts, but it’s well worth a listen. Feed your head here.

Foundwaves Musical Alice

Foundwaves, a nonprofit global music website, put together a very fun project to celebrate the 150th anniversary by assigning different chapters of Alice to specific bands all over the world and asking them to write a song inspired by it. There is new artwork as well, and one can read the original text too. (Being Carrollian, chapters are listed in reverse order.) Click here!

What the Tortoise Said to Achilles

Our partners in crime across the pond have published a new text on Carroll’s 1895 paper What the Tortoise Said to Achilles.  This special edition of The Carrollian contains the original plus five new articles on this classic philosophical logic paper.  Get yours directly from The Lewis Carroll Society today!  Check out the preview here.

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).