Wonderland of Whimsy: Poetry in Celebration of Lewis Carroll

Carrollian April Lynn James (aka Madison Hatta) will be presenting Wonderland of Whimsy: Poetry in Celebration of Lewis Carroll at The Swerve at the Mt. Airy Garage on October 3rd at 7pm, admission $5.  This is one of many events in celebration of Alice150, if you are in the Philadelphia area don’t miss it as April is exceptionally entertaining.  From the Swerve page:

Bring your most whimsical, Tea-lightful (and G-rated) poems inspired by Alice and her adventures (in Wonderland or Through the Looking Glass), childhood, Lewis Carroll, Snarks, Fairies or life in general to our Open Mic. Your hosts for the evening will be April Lynn James, PhD and her alter ego, Madison Hatta, Sonneteer. They will share selections from their new chapbook, Madison Hatta’s Book of Unreasonable Rhymes (forthcoming from Philly’s own Moonstone Press). Jazz backbeats to the spoken words provided by Tank & Co.

11 West Mt. Airy Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19119


Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland “Mad Hatter’s Mashup Party”

mad hatter mashupSomething really cool is happening this month in honor of Alice 150 – a giant social, open source, public domain, digital publishing event all centered around Alice.  Sponsored by and hosted on Medium, a social writing platform created by Twitter co-founder Ev Williams.

This event invites anyone to publish their own digital version of Alice using public domain art or their own.  A dozen noted Carrollians – including our fearless leader Stephanie Lovett – will each annotate a chapter of Alice.  In addition, artists are also being commissioned to create new illustrations – more to follow.  For details on this and how to be a part of it, check out the event page and join the fun!  Medium have done some of the legwork already:

To help people get started, we are hosting the original text, formatted for Medium, which participants are free to copy and use to build their own digital editions. We have also gathered many public domain art works inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, including the original illustrations accompanying the first edition by Sir John Tenniel, illustrations from Arthur Rackham, two silent black and white movie adaptations and other inspirations, which participants are free to use in addition to their own art.

Alice Panel at DC’s Awesome-Con

Carrollians Ellie Schaefer-Salins, Matt Crandall, and Wendy Lane Crandall will be on a panel at this weekend’s DC comic book convention, Awesome-Con.  The panel is Friday, May 29th (that’s today) at 6PM.  From the convention schedule:

Why is a Raven like an IPad? The 150-Year Transmedia Evolution of Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland.  Friday, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM, room 145 B.  2015 is the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alice has gone down the rabbit hole in films, TV shows, comic books, and even video games. This panel examines the impact of Alice on media, art, and modern culture.

This panel is presented by the Lean & Hungry Theater Company, who will be presenting their own adaptation of Alice on June 14th.  Details will be available at the panel, and at their website.

New Science Exhibit in Australia with Alice Theme

Scienceworks museum in Spotswood Australia has opened a new interactive exhibit to introduce science and math concepts to children.  Running through October.

Alice Gamejolt Jam for Alice150

CaptureApparently it’s not just us Carrollians who’ve taken notice of the big 1-5-0, game designers have too.  Take this for instance, a Gamejolt Jam, which is apparently a challenge to come up with games based on a theme, has a new Alice jam scheduled for June 27 – July 3.  The rules are simple:

  1. Base your game on the Alice in Wonderland book or characters
  2. Include the mystery theme (this will be announced at the beginning of the jam)
  3. Create the game within the jam period, including any graphics and audio
  4. Entries can be from individuals or teams
  5. Upload your game to Game Jolt and tag it with #alicejam150

Go for it!

Forbes Article on Alice Meets Nabokov & Dali

Quite a nice article in Forbes that discusses Anya in Wonderland by Nabokov under pseudonym, Dali, Steadman, and more at the Harry Ransom Center at UT Austin now through July 6th.  For those attending the Spring meeting you’ll get to visit up close and personal as this is where the meeting takes place!

When Alice Met Harry

When visiting Oxford in this 150th year,  as I’m sure everyone will <wink>, you might want to partake of the official Visit Oxfordshire city tour called “When Alice Met Harry”, which is a tour of all the significant Alice spots, and includes a dash of Harry Potter.  What could be better?

Readers’ Review for Alice on The Diane Rehm Show

There was a discussion of Alice at 11am ET on February 25 on The Diane Rehm Show on NPR.  Special guests Rosemary Jann – professor of English at George Mason University, John Pfordrescher – professor of English at Georgetown University, and Lizzie Skurnick editor-in-chief Lizzie Skurnick Books.

Also be sure to check out the article on Alice in video on her show page.

Walt Disney’s Animated Alice on the Big Screen

Walt Disney’s animated Alice is going to be showing at the El Capitan theater on Hollywood Blvd. in Los Angeles for one night only February 12, 2015, as part of their Throwback Thursday series.  Don’t be late if you want to see it!

Alice150 Kicking Off the Year with a Big Article in the NYT

So great news for Carrollians, the larger world is starting to notice that this year is the 150th anniversary of AAIW.  And what better way to start than with a nice article in the New York Times.