New Interactive Wonderland eBook by Emmanuel Paletz

I’ve just learned about a new interactive eBook app version of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.  This one comes from award-winning designer Emmanuel Paletz.  This version draw images from Flemish and Dutch Renaissance paintings to give the eBook a uniquely textured and “classical” look.  It’s like a mash-up of Lewis Carroll and an elegant art history class.  Add a lot of nifty-looking interactions, and you have a creation that should be entertaining for children and adults alike.

To read all about the app, click me.  The app’s website itself is visually delightful, and well worth a look.  Mr. Paletz talks about Lewis Carroll’s appreciation of art, and how images like Quentin Matsys’s famous painting “The Ugly Duchess,” referenced by Tenniel in his illustration. became a touchstone for his whole project.  The entire eBook took Paletz about four years to create– a labor of love.  His Q&A section also talks about subtle political/social commentary that he has added here and there, as well–but nothing too overt to spoil the fun of Carroll’s story.  And that’s a good thing, because as the author himself was quick to point out, in this book he wanted to entertain, not moralize.

The iPad app costs $4.99 and is available now on  iTunes.  An Andoid tablet version (also $4.99)  and versions for iPhone and Android smartphones ($2.99)  will be available in the near future.

Here’s a promotional video for the eBook.  (If it doesn’t appear below, try reloading this page in your web browser.)

Latest Disney Alice Film Not Based on Carroll

It should come as no surprise that the latest in Disney’s Johnny Depp-fueled Alice films is not based on Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass. The director speaks.

Royal Ballet Invites ZooNation to Create Hip-Hop Tea Party for 2014 Holiday Season

Will you, won't you, will you, won't you, won't you join the dance?

Will you, won’t you, will you, won’t you, won’t you join the dance?

London’s Royal Ballet will remount their acclaimed production of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland during the 2014 holiday season.  And in a clever cross-marketing move, the Ballet has also invited popular hip hop dance company ZooNation to present their own “hip” (and “hop,” presumably) version of the tale, The Mad Hatter’s T Party, in their smaller theatre downstairs at the same time.  Twice the Carrollian fun for theatre and dance (and Alice) fans!

For more information, click me.

USC’s Doheny Library Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Cassady Wonderland Award

USC Libraries Wonderland Award 2011

USC Libraries Wonderland Award 2011

If you’re in the vicinity of USC’s Doheny Memorial Library, you may want to know that at 8pm (local time) on Thursday, April 17th, they are holding a multimedia event celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the annual Wonderland Award that LCSNA members George and Linda Cassady so kindly sponsor.  The library is also home to the Cassady Lewis Carroll Collection, which is cause for celebration any day.

Click me for a description of the event.

Click me to visit the award’s Facebook page.

And click me to view a teaser of the upcoming multimedia event.

An Elegant (and Carrollian) Symbolist

Gail Potocki Fragmented AliceHere’s another item from one of our mimsiest minions:

“Twenty-first-century Symbolist” Gail Potocki’s exhibition of her Carrollian paintings, Fragmented Alice, took place at the Century Guild Gallery in Los Angeles last fall. You can read an interview about it here or buy the associated perfumes here. Some of these paintings are also in the catalog Century Guild Book One, available here.

Providence RI Library Transformed into Wonderland

As a part of its annual fundraising gala for literary and arts programs in Providence, RI, the Providence Public Library has been transformed into Wonderland. Gala is Friday April 11 at 7pm, don’t be late! To get tickets click me!

Please Welcome Our New BlogMasters!

RabbitLogoSmRI’m delighted to announce that Matt Crandall and Wendy Lane Crandall have graciously (and jointly) agreed to take over the job of blogmaster for the LCSNA effective immediately so that I can focus on my growing workload.

It’s been a pleasure being blogmaster for you all, and I hope you will remember to keep sending Mat and Wendy new items regularly via: blogmaster@lewiscarroll.org. Thanks, Matt and Wendy, and thank you all.  – Andrew

Helena Bonham Carter to Return as The Red Queen

Bonham-Carter QueenWhile many people were not fans of Disney’s recent Wonderland 3-D extravaganza film, directed by Tim Burton, it blew past all the negative reviews and earned over $1 billion dollars.  So of course, as we’ve reported previously, a sequel is already in the works–this time without Burton, who has moved on other projects.  Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska have already signed their contracts.

Variety reports that Helena Bonham-Carter is in final talks to reprise her role as the amalgam villainess, the Red Queen.  Whatever you thought of the first film, it would be hard to deny that Bonham-Carter gave the film zest.  So getting her back on board for the sequel is probably a very wise idea on Disney’s part.

Speculation runs rampant as to how scriptwriter Linda Woolverton will mash up Carroll’s characters and story elements this time.  But at least if Bonham-Carter is around with her outsized head and even larger sense of zaniness, there will be someone fun to watch.

To read the post on Variety‘s site, click me.

A Bakers Tale Bakery in Chicago Includes Wonderland Design Elements

Bakers Tale BakeryOne of our mimsiest minions reports that a new bakery has opened in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago: A Baker’s Tale.  In addition to  the somewhat Snarkian name of the shop, its decor also includes a large framed image of Tenniel’s Mad Tea Party, and a large sculptural tree whose blossoms are made of pages from an edition of Wonderland.  We can only hope it wasn’t an 1865 edition!!

And of course, there are white rabbit cookies, among other treats.  If you visit the shop, write us a comment and let us all know what you thought.  Who knows, maybe they even have treacle tarts!

Bakers Tale RabbitsTo visit the bakery’s web site, click me.

Scientific American Blog Post Considers Euclid and His Modern Rivals

Lewis Carroll with BookIf you’re a fan of geometry, math, or just Lewis Carroll, you might be interested in this blog post from Scientific American. It considers the importance and relevance of Mr. Dodsgon’s highly theatrical treatise Euclid and His Modern Rivals.  While it ultimately finds limitations in Dodgson’s conclusions, it applauds his sheer creativity in addressing a difficult and contentious topic.

To read the article, click me.