If you read Wicked or saw the Broadway show, you probably know who Gregory Maguire is. He has taken many a classic book and given it a slight twist – round the bend some may say. His next subject, just in time for Alice150 I might add, is After Alice. From the press release:
“AFTER ALICE takes up that question and returns to the summer day on which Alice disappeared into Wonderland, tracing what happened to her sister left behind on an Oxford riverbank, and also what happened when Alice‘s friend Ada follows her down the rabbit hole. Ada, who is mentioned in Carroll’s second chapter, brings to Wonderland her own imperfect apprehension of cause and effect, but central to her concerns are the safe retrieval of Alice from the world below the world.“
Look for After Alice at your local book shop or you can always order from here.
Everyone is definitely jumping on the bandwagon for Alice’s 150th, including the Wall Street Journal. Today’s issue features an article featuring discussion on all the various translations – including the upcoming work by Carrollian Jon Lindseth. Check it out!
Ever wondered about that copy of the 1865 Alice that turned up in an Indian bazaar? This article has some interesting points, and sets a few things straight. I’ll leave it up to the hard-core Carrollians to validate or vilify.
The book The Story of Alice: Lewis Carroll and the Secret History of Wonderland has just been published in the UK, and will be available here in the US on June 1st – how typical For those in the UK you can purchase it here now.
On March 22, the Guardian published an lengthy review of the book, posed several questions and posited several theories of its own. I shall leave it to the reader to weigh the merits of any such comments in either the review or the book reviewed. Needless to say, the reviewer calls it the best book on the subject.
In celebration of the 150th anniversary, Imagine! Publishing (an imprint of Charlesbridge) is publishing a picture book edition called Alice in Wonderland: Down the Rabbit Hole. Fashioned as an introduction to the classic for younger readers, the story is retold by Charles Nurnberg and Joe Rhatigan with luminous paintings by bestselling French illustrator Eric Puybaret.
A newly illustrated hardcover Wonderland / Looking-Glass has been released in the Netherlands by artist Floor Rieder, translated by Sofia Englishman. The illustrations are quite charming and I think will be of interest to many in our humble little society. You can order it (€25) here, or through various Netherlands bookstores through its ISBN, 9789025759179.
You know we love a good crowdfunding project, and there is a fantastic book project on Indiegogo running now through January 6th. Graphic designer and illustrator Tanika Fey has created 50 beautiful watercolors for her illustrated Alice, available in English and German, and is using Indiegogo to fund the printing of the actual books. Depending on the success of the project, the book may be printed in a variety of formats with even more illustrations! So get cracking, sponsoring a project like this makes a great Christmas or Hanukkah gift! Be sure to check out her webcomix too!
Carrollians rejoice! Edward Wakeling’s new Carroll biography has been published! Well, in the UK, not available here until Jan 28, 2015, but still. As Edward says in his interview with the Independent:
“It is about time we cleared up, once and for all, the pervading false myth about his unhealthy relationship with children…”
Thank goodness! To see the full text of the Independent’s article/interview with Edward, click here.
Our next meeting, in Toronto and environs October 3–5, promises to be a doozy! Check out our Events Page for all the details. See you there!
Can’t keep a good idea down, Macmillan is jumping on the Alice 150 bandwagon with a slew of new editions of both Alice and Looking Glass, not to mention Morton Cohen’s Carroll biography. Details here.