The LCSNA April 26 Spring Meeting Program is Available Now!

40We have another varied and exciting program lined up for you at our Spring Meeting, which will be held at the NY Institute of Technology in NYC on Saturday, April 26th.

The meeting includes a panel with a number of our society’s founding members, in honor of the 40th Anniversary of our society.  And of course after the meeting we will have our usual casual and convivial dinner at a popular local restaurant only a few blocks away from the meeting location.

To read all about the impressive roster of speakers and performers, and sign up for dinner, visit our Events page by clicking me.

Announcing the LCSNA Call for “Alice150″ Logo Designs

The AlicesDear LCSNA members (and members-to-be!),

Our upcoming Alice150 celebration in 2015 needs a great Logo. And we need it fast.
Whether or not you’re a professional artist, we encourage you to try your hand at designing a Logo.

Logo Criteria:

1. Must include Alice150 (as one word) in a decorative and exciting but still clear piece of word art.
2. Must include a Tenniel or Tennielesque depiction of Alice.  Other character(s) are optional.  Please make sure to include only Tenniel or other copyright-free or original artwork.
3. Should use bold colors (but not the proprietary Disney Alice palette), and also be suitable for use in black & white.
4. Simplicity is desirable.  The logo we select will be adopted and modified for myriad purposes by the Alice150 planners, so it should be an image that will look good in different sizes, from a return address label to the center of a T-shirt (scalable).

Submissions must be received by midnight Pacific Daylight Time March 31st, 2014.

We will accept up to three logo designs per member.

Mail your submissions as an email attachment to the following four addresses:
joel@thebirenbaums.net
wrabbit@idiom.com
andrewsellon@verizon.net
uffish@earthlink.net

Please submit your image as an email attachment in either PDF format (preferred), or in an MSWord document, and make sure that the email size is no larger than 5 megabytes.

All submissions become the property of the LCSNA, which will enjoy unlimited use of the image in all media.  All entrants will have our undying thanks.  The creator of the selected logo will be announced on the LCSNA website blog, and will receive a free one-year membership in the LCSNA, or a one-year extension of their existing membership.

And that’s all there is to it. Get creative, and good luck!

Joel Birenbaum and the Alice150 Committee

P.S. If you’d like to get involved in planning Alice150, contact Joel at: joel@thebirenbaums.net

Daily Trojan Offers Recap of LCSNA Fall Meeting in L.A.

Daniel.JessieWilcoxSmithAlice_000In case (like me) you weren’t able to attend the LCSNA’s by-all-accounts-fabulous Fall meeting in Los Angeles, host USC’s campus newspaper the Daily Trojan offers a helpful recap, although alas with some errors and omissions–the most egregious being that the names George and Linda Cassady, and also Daniel Singer, should have been front and center along with talented artist Karen Mortillaro.  In addition to partnering with Karen and Daniel on planning the entire event, the Cassadys offered a private tour of their awe-inspiring Carroll collection at USC that has attendees still buzzing.  They are also the driving force behind the Wonderland Award mentioned in the article.  And just as Karen welcomed members for a private look at her studio, Daniel Singer kindly opened his home to members for a viewing of his own substantial Carrollian collection, as well.  Our thanks once again to all who contributed to making this meeting so extraordinary, both the wonderful speakers on the podium (real and virtually) and those working behind the scenes to make the magic happen.  By all accounts, it was a weekend that all attendees marked with a white stone.

To read about it in the Daily Trojan, click me!

The Fall 2013 LCSNA Meeting Is This Weekend November 1-3!

Karen Mortillaro: The White Rabbit

Karen Mortillaro: The White Rabbit

If you’re in the Los Angeles area, remember that this weekend is the LCSNA’s semi-annual meeting.  Our meetings are always free and open to the public, and we have a great roster of speakers and events.  Join us!

Visit our Events page for the details.

 

The LCSNA Spring Meeting is next month!

The Spring Meeting is galumphing towards us! Join us in Winston-Salem, North Carolina from April 19-21, 2013, for a three-day Carrollian carnival. Here’s a taste of what’s in store:

  • The world premiere of Dan Singer‘s new play, A Perfect Likeness, about a meeting between Dodgson and Dickens
  • Members of the Carolina Chamber Symphony Players performing a concert of Lewis Carroll’s favourite songs
  • Talks by a range of Carroll experts from academia and beyond, including Jett Jackson, Mark Richards, Mora O’Neill, and Stephanie Lovett
  • A Victorian Choral Evensong service featuring a sermon by Mark Goodacre based on an outline by Rev. Dodgson
  • Keepsakes including an updated version of Charlie Lovett’s article “Lewis Carroll and His Hammond Type-Writer,” including a piece of Carrollian verse typed on Carroll’s own typewriter!

All are welcome to attend. For full details of events, accommodations, and meals, please read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest the official program (PDF, 445 KB).

Please note the following deadlines:

Friday, March 29: Last day Holiday Inn is guaranteeing our reservations and rates.

Monday, April 1: Last day to confirm special dining arrangements. Please see the official program.

Wednesday, April 10: Last day to register for meeting and pay for meals.

Winston-Salem will be very crowded that weekend with other festivities. We strongly recommend you make plane, rental car, and other arrangements at your earliest convenience.

We hope to see you there!

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

 

LCSNA Fall Meeting Announced and Two Book Sales Here and Now

NYU flagSeptember may be a whole summer away, but plans for LCSNA Fall 2012 Meeting are already coming together. Confirmed speakers include Adam Gopnik on Sylvie and Bruno and Robin Wilson, who wrote Lewis Carroll in Numberland. The meeting will take place on Saturday, September 29 at the Fales Library in New York University (home of the fabled Berol collection).

In the meantime be sure to check out two Lewis Carroll book sales currently underway. Thanks to the generosity of some of our members both will benefit the Lewis Carroll Society of North America.

First, we have a selection of Carrollian books donated by former member Lynn Steveson.

Secondly, several items (mostly, but not only books) donated by member Barbara Mall. These items were first offered for sale a couple of years ago and those that did not sell are now available at a savings of (for most items) 50%. The prices listed are the new prices.

Please enjoy looking. To purchase, contact secretary@lewiscarroll.org.

 

 

 

 

Spring Meeting April 2012 Program Announced!

Full details for this year’s LCSNA Spring Meeting are now available online. Join us in Cambridge, Massachuettes for a weekend of Carrollian scholarship, conviviality, and a little magic.

The main meeting will be on Saturday, April 28 at Harvard University’s Houghton Library. Speakers include Selwyn Goodacre on the 150th anniversary of the boat ride during which Lewis Carroll told the Adventures to Alice Liddell and her sisters, with a review of the various editions of Alice’s Adventures under Ground. Following on this theme, Matt Demakos will discuss the evolution from Underground to the Wonderland. Mark Richards will enlighten us on the finer points of Carroll’s mathematically poetic work A Tangled Tale, and Alan Tannenbaum will tell us about A. B. Frost, the illustrator of A Tangled Tale and Rhyme? and Reason?. Linda Cassady will then talk about the exciting Wonderland Award at the University of Southern California, and show examples of the brilliant art it has inspired. Finally, Chris Morgan will demonstrate some of the magic practiced by Lewis Carroll. Other events include Friday’s Maxine Schaefer Reading for Children and a visit on Sunday to the Tannenbaum collection in nearby Chelmsford.

Download this pdf for the full program and for information on how to book meals and accommodation.

While in the area, members may also like to check out the current exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston: Silver, Salt, and Sunlight: Early Photography in Britain and France, featuring none other than Carroll’s own “Xie Kitchin Asleep on Sofa.”

We hope to see you there!

 

 

 

Full Schedule Posted of LCSNA Fall 2011 Meeting!

Barry Moser's Hatter

Our Fall 2011 meeting will again be at the marvelous Manhattan campus of the New York Institute of Technology, on Saturday, November 12.

Speakers include Morton Cohen on Carroll’s epiphanies; Adriana Peliano, founder of the Lewis Carroll Society of Brazil, on the metamorphosis of Alice in illustrations and art; Alison Gopnik on her discovery of the Iffley Yew and how Dodgson’s real life affected his works; Emily R. Aguilo-Perez on film adaptations; Jeff Menges, editor of Alice Illustrated (coming from Dover in October), on illustrators; and James Fotopoulos, an artist and film-maker who made an avant-garde film called Alice in Wonderland and will also display related art.

The full program is available here.

Celebration of Mind II – Sign up!

Can you change “100″ to “CAT” by moving just two of these toothpicks?
Cat Puzzle

The above puzzle is probably familiar to many lovers of logic games, but new to the multitude who have not yet made the connection between mathematical problems, visual conundrums, and, of all things, fun.

One man who spent a lifetime reaching out to both the initiates and the multitude was Martin Gardner, philosopher, mathematician, magician, and for 25 years the author of the “Mathematical Games” column in the Scientific American. He was also a founding member of the LCSNA and the creator of the irreplaceable Annotated Alice books.

Martin Gardner

When Martin died last year the foundation Gathering for Gardner vowed to “celebrate Martin’s life and work, and continue his pursuit of a playful and fun approach to Mathematics, Science, Art, Magic, Puzzles and all of his other interests and writings.” One of these celebrations is fast upon us – the second annual Celebration of Mind events to be held worldwide on or around what would have been Martin’s 97th birthday – October 21, 2011.

Last year, people gathered to share magic tricks, puzzles, recreational mathematics problems and stories about Martin at 66 locations from Tokyo to Tehran to Buenos Aires to Boulder, Colorado. This year, 30 hosts have signed up already and the organizers expect many more – if you can’t make the gathering at the McMurdo Station in Antarctica, how about attending one of the 15 already listed in North America? Events held by LCSNA members will undoubtedly have an Alice flavor – if you are hosting one, be sure to get in touch and we will advertise it on the blog.

I wonder how many events this year will feature readings from A Bouquet for the Gardener, the beautiful collection of tributes and reminiscences published by the LCSNA in July? (Available at Amazon.com.)

For a map of planned events, and for guidelines for hosting your own event, go to the Gathering for Gardner website. There you can also find photos and descriptions of previous events along with downloadable visual treats and puzzles to whet your appetite. You can also follow event updates on Twitter account @G4G_CoM.

And finally, if you haven’t figured out the toothpick teaser above, I’m not going to tell you. What are Sunday afternoons for?

 

Watch the LCSNA Spring 2011 Meeting online

All the thrills of the LCSNA Spring 2011 Meeting in the privacy of your own home!

Thanks to our host Brewster Kahle and the magnificent Internet Archive, last month’s San Francisco/Petaluma meeting is now available online. If you missed the event, or would like to relive the highlights, you can download any or all of the meeting segments here.

The mission of the Internet Archive is to offer permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format. We encourage you to watch founder Brewster Kahle’s address to the meeting to learn how the Lewis Carroll Society of North America could, like the Grateful Dead, be at the forefront of media preservation – ensuring the immortality of Alice for future generations.

The Internet Archive, San Francisco