Chronological List of the Meetings of the Lewis Carroll Society of North America

Messrs. August A. Imholtz, Jr., and Mark Burstein, bigwigs of the Lewis Carroll Society of North America, have prepared a useful digital book of the Chronological List of the Meetings of the Lewis Carroll Society of North America, with details about Who Spoke About What and What Else Happened, from the inaugural meeting in Princeton, New Jersey, January 1974, thru the forthcoming April 2010 meeting at the Rosenbach Museum and Library in Philadelphia (that’s right! where the Marianne Moore / Lewis Carroll installation by Sue Johnson is, blogged about here.)


Online Auction for 2015

Another fundraiser for the 2015 event is a weekly auction of very fun items donated by the family of the great Carrollian collector Carolyn Buck. Check it out, and keep checking back as new items will be added every week this fall.

Which reminds me, if you are interested in helping organize a fabulous event, send Joel Birenbaum an email. Every little bit helps!

Nancy Wiley’s Alice Doll Book

If the LCSNA meetings in 2010 are coming up too fast for you, how about 2015? The LCSNA hopes to hold a special event to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice in Wonderland, but doing so requires planning and fundraising. Fortunately for you, our fundraisers are always interesting things that you were going to buy anyway!

The first of these is dollmaker Nancy Wiley’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, illustrated with photographs of scenes featuring Wiley’s dolls. Purchase the book via LCSNA member Joel Birenbaum and a portion of the proceeds will go to the 2015 event.

LCSNA meetings

If you weren’t able to attend the LCSNA fall meeting in Fort Lee, NJ, this past weekend, take a look at some of the articles written about it…

“Down the rabbit hole, onto the silver screen”

“Fort Lee as ‘Wonderland'”

… then start planning for the spring meeting! It will take place at the Rosenbach Museum and Library in Philadelphia on April 24, 2010.

Fall Meeting in Fort Lee

The program (pdf) for the Fall 2009 LCSNA meeting is now available!

The meeting will be held in Fort Lee Historical Park Museum in Fort Lee, New Jersey (just across the George Washington Bridge from Manhattan), on October 17, 2009. The first Alice movie with sound was shot in Fort Lee, which is a famous site in film history. Two Alice films will be shown, and we will hear talks by Alice film experts and collectors.

We hope you can join us for what promises to be a wonderful program, followed by an excellent dinner at a nearby restaurant. Details for registering are on page 2 of the program announcement.

Santa Fe Meeting Update

Note that the agenda for the LCSNA’s spring meeting in Santa Fe on Saturday, May 9 has been updated and added to. In addition to Theaterwork’s performance of La Guida di Bragia, there will be a musical performance of the chamber piece “The Chess Game” (based on Through the Looking-Glass) – check out the details! I highly recommend attending if you can make it.

LCSNA in Santa Fe in May

Information on the LCSNA’s Spring meeting in Santa Fe on May 9 is now available. Remember, meetings are free, and this one includes the first professional production of Lewis Carroll’s play La Guida di Bragia!

Fall meeting

The Fall Meeting of the Lewis Carroll Society of North America will be held on October 25th at the Fales Library, New York University, to begin at 11:00 A.M. Everyone is welcome to attend. Jon Scieszka, the Library of Congress’s first National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature, will be discussing his new witty and creative retelling of Alice with Mary Blair‘s illustrations. Also speaking at the meeting will be Mahendra Singh, Snark illustrator; Peter Westergaard, composer; and Nancy Willard, Newberry award-winning author. The complete program is available online. See you there!

If you missed the meeting…

Or even if you didn’t, view a short film of the LCSNA’s Washington DC meeting and general goings-on last month at Oleg Lipchenko’s blog (And check out his Alice, while you’re at it!)

Other photos of the event can be viewed

Remember, all meetings are open to members and non-members alike. If you are interested in attending a meeting or are curious about the society, take a look at the website at

Little, Big

Well, let’s have the big news first instead: The next LCSNA meeting will be in Washington, D.C. at the end of April, and all are welcome. More info here:

As for little, here’s a few more bits and pieces of catch-up.

A survey of 400,000 people (though not specifically children) by Britain’s Booktrust ( finds that Alice in Wonderland is the tenth “best” children’s book “of all time.”

At the recent toy fair in NYC, Tonner Dolls showed off the latest from the Alice collection, including, strangely enough, the Queens of Diamonds, Clubs, and Spades: There is also an Alice-lookalike in Tonner’s “Kickits” collection, titled “Hunting Rabbit”:

And slightly late for those of you in the U.K. crowd
, child heroes including Alice and Peter Pan make an appearance in “The Worlds of Fantasy,” a three-part series starting on Wednesday 27th February (tonight), BBC4, at 9 p.m. with probable repeats.