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 http://alice-dodo.blogspot.com/. (And check out his Alice, while you’re at it!)

Other photos of the event can be viewed
http://picasaweb.google.com/StudioTreasure/LCSNASpring2008Meeting?authkey=IEgdPaLEx5E
http://share.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid=0AcuWzlkzZM2LwY
http://picasaweb.google.com/scuffymary/LCSNASpring0802

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 www.lewiscarroll.org.

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: www.lewiscarroll.org/meeting/2008spring/Spring08.pdf.

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 (www.booktrust.org.uk) finds that Alice in Wonderland is the tenth “best” children’s book “of all time.” www.booktrust.org.uk/show/feature/Home/Booktrust-news

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:
www.cooltoyreview.com/story/front/TF2008_Tonner_Alice_In_Wonderland_112558.asp
www.tonnerdoll.com/alice.htm. There is also an Alice-lookalike in Tonner’s “Kickits” collection, titled “Hunting Rabbit”: www.tonnerdoll.com/2007Images/TONNER%202007/Kickits/KI3.jpg.

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.