This just in from one of our well-traveled mimsy minions:
Netherlands literary critic Carel Peeters has written, in Dutch of course, a fine series of essays, Het wonderland van Lewis Carroll, dealing with “seventeen sides of Carroll’s personality in his life and work.” You can find out more at:
And you can order a copy from firstname.lastname@example.org.
We mentioned this book’s Facebook page in a prior post, but here is more information on Alice’s Bloody Adventures in Wonderland, courtesy of one of our Mimsy Minions:
A “demented modern interpretation” of Wonderland, with text by Raul Alberto Contreras and illustrations by Los Angeles-based street artist Tweedle Guns, is upon us. “The White Rabbit has brutally slaughtered Alice’s sister and cat, sending her on a vengeance quest down the rabbit hole, where she finds herself in a series of physical and mental traps, driving her into the heart of darkness that lies deep within Wonderland.” You can order it online here, or if you’re planning to attend our Los Angeles gathering in November you can buy a signed copy from the author there.
As you may have noted by reading some of our prior blog posts, a number of our LCSNA members are authors. Member Deborah J. Lightfoot writes to tell us that her Waterspell fantasy trilogy has distinct Carollian elements–including clever use of a copy of Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There within the storyline.
If you’re a fan of fantasy fiction, you might want to check out this series, which is now also available in eBook format. Her site also include a blog detailing how she want about writing and then publishing the series. To learn more, click me.
One of our Mimsy Minions has noted that it might be worth reminding you, dear reader, that the novels of Jasper Fforde, particularly his Thursday Next series, are not only good reading, they’re peppered with more Lewis Carroll references than even the Cook and the Duchess combined could sneeze at. If you’re looking for a Carroll-flavored summer read, you might try starting the Thursday Next series. You can view a list of titles from Amazon here.
You can also find a lot of entertaining related materials on this page of Fforde’s own web site. (His site is pretty entertaining to explore, regardless of your particular interests. His are wide-ranging, and his humor is infectious.)
For all you eReader fans: In case you weren’t already aware, Pam Sowers has just released her “eNotated” Hunting of the Snark, having already e-published editions of the two Alice books. You can find (and read about) all three on Amazon.com.
If you’re an avid collector of vintage children’s literature editions, you might be interested in this updated list of the most collectible children’s books, according to Helen Younger of Aleph-Bet Books. As one would expect, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland makes the list. And note the clever way she handles the issue of the publication date. Disappointingly, Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There doesn’t make Younger’s list. And don’t even think about The Hunting of the Snark. So, whether we agree or disagree, it’s interesting to see one bookseller’s list based on 30 years in the rare book business. To read the list, click here. Thanks to one of our mimsy minions for this link.
Keep those blog submissions coming, minions!
Ahoy, Snark lovers! Our own Mahendra Singh, who published a stunning edition himself a few years ago, has alerted us to the publication of a new Dutch version of Lewis Carroll’s immortal The Hunting of the Snark. If you can read Dutch, you can find out more by clicking here.
If, like me, you can’t understand much beyond:
‘Precies de plek voor een Snark!’ riep de Man met de Bel'
you’ll still probably enjoy a peek at the sample illustration on that page!
UPDATE: If you’d like to buy a copy, but can’t read the Dutch instructions, here they are in English:
Send an email (in English) to Dick Ronner at email@example.com; he’ll send you back a PayPal invoice for 18.25 euros (about $24.50) including postage.
Attention book lovers! Fantasy writer Neil Gaiman has a new book out, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and according to the NY Times, it includes a few Carrollian references along the way. You can read the Times article here.
The LCSNA’s own Charlie Lovett (a former president) will be in New York City to promote his recently published novel The Bookman’s Tale. Charlie will talk about, read from, and sign his book (which does contain Carrollian references) at Barnes and Noble on the Upper East Side (86th and Lexington) at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday June 26. The Bookman’s Tale is the current Barnes & Noble Recommends title, was in the New York Times Extended Bestseller List in its first week of release, and has been recommended by People Magazine, Parade Magazine, The LA Times, and many other publications. For more information, check out Charlie’s website: www.charlielovett.com. Charlie is hoping to see a great LCSNA turnout at the New York signing!
The New York Public Library has a new exhibit entitled The ABC of it: Why Children’s Books Matter that explores both the importance and potency of children’s literature. The exhibit draws from books over time and around the world, combining both well-known classics with lesser-known gems. Lewis Carroll’s famous “Beggar Girl” photograph of Alice Liddell is one of the items on display, and is also part of the slideshow for this NY Times article about the exhibit.
If you attend the exhibit, add a Comment to this post and tell us what you thought!