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LCSNA Fall 2019 Meeting – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

October 4, 2019 - October 6, 2019

Free – $30.00
Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion

The meeting is free and open to the public.

PDF Agenda with the full schedule is attached.


Friday, October 4

    • 10:15 am: Maxine and David Schaefer Memorial Reading
    • 5–8 pm: LCSNA Board Meeting

Saturday, October 5: University of Pennsylvania, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center

  • 10:45 am–6 pm: LCSNA General Meeting

Sunday, October 6: University of Pennsylvania, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Orrery Pavilion

  • 10:30 am–1:30 pm: Mad Hatter Day Tea Party, Orrery Pavilion
  • 12–2 pm: 2019 LCSNA Keepsake Printing at University of Pennsylvania, Common Press at Fisher Fine Arts Library

Meals and Registration

Register now!

We are using a new registration system for our meeting. While there are no registrations costs to you and the meeting is open to the public, we ask that you register by September 23 to help us prepare for your arrival.

For the General Meeting on October 5, 2019, tea, coffee, and water will be available throughout the day. Box lunches are available for purchase through the LCSNA website before the meeting. The cost for lunch is $20. Be sure to place your order by September 23. Unfortunately, there are not other lunch choices nearby.

Other Registration

For Sunday, October 6, we ask you to register & pay for the Mad Hatter Day Tea Party by September 23 and register [free] for the LCSNA Keepsake printing event at the Common Press at the Fisher Fine Arts Library.


Several hotels are close to the Penn Library and received good Penn staff recommendations. However, there will not be a not a block of rooms reserved. Below are several suggestions. Contact them by phone and say you are attending a Penn Libraries event and there should be a discounted rate.

Sheraton University City

Homewood Suites University City

Study at Drexel

Sales and Giveaways

Often members have items from their collections for sale or to give away, such as books and artwork. At the U of Penn meeting sales of items are not allowed; however, if you wish to give items away, contact, to reserve space at the table.


Download a map to locate the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, 3420 Walnut St. Philadelphia, PA, 19104. There is a Penn parking lot on 34th St. There is also a Drexel University parking lot at 3300 Market St (Entrance on Ludlow St near 34th St).

The Common Press at the Fisher Library is just steps away from the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center where the General Meeting and Mad Hatter Day Tea will be held.

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Speakers & Bios

April Lynn James wears many different hats—award-winning singer & scholar, librarian, creative educator exploring the intersection of the arts, spirituality, and wellness. The guardian angel of her sense of humor, Madison Hatta, Sonneteer, sprang fully-formed into April’s awareness in 2011, sending through frequent doses of Levi-Tea that April endeavors to get out into the world in a form true to both of them. April plus Madison have published two chapbooks of Madisonnets—Madison Hatta’s Book of Unreasonable Rhymes, and Madison Hatta’s Book of Unrelenting Rhymes—through Philadelphia’s Moonstone Press. Keep an ear out for their podcast series, April Plus Madison’s Amusings on SoundCloud.

Bob Stek is a retired psychologist who spontaneously memorized Jabberwocky as a young teenager and purchased the “Annotated Alice” while in high school. Martin Gardner led him to the “Annotated Sherlock Holmes” several years later, and he is now obsessed with both Carroll and Doyle and their literary creations. He has been a member of the Baker Street Irregulars since 1996 but was only introduced to the LCSNA and LCS by fellow Sherlockian/Carrollians Dayna Nuhn and Dana Richards about five years ago.

Charlie Lovett is the New York Times bestselling author of The Bookman’s Tale, First Impressions, and The Lost Book of the Grail. His plays for children have been seen in over 4,500 productions worldwide. He is the host of the podcast Inside the Writer’s Studio. He has written or edited eight books on Lewis Carroll, with two more on the way. He is a former president of the LCSNA. He curated the exhibition Alice Live! at Lincoln Center in New York in 2015.

In the fall of 2008, Estelle Markel-Joyet began working as a rare materials cataloguer at the American Philosophical Society. After a decade working in the restaurant industry, it was a relief to finally have a chair, a salary, some health benefits, and vacation days. Over the course of the last 11 years, she has certainly seen her share of marvelous and rare books. In 2017, however, the curator of printed materials handed her a very special book: a work of literature! The APS holds collections on botany, anthropology, linguistics, physics, and early American history, but it is rare to be met with literature, much less a children’s classic. It has been a true pleasure to be met with literature, much less a children’s classic.

Linda Cassady, LCSNA President.

David McKnight is the Director of the Annenberg Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries. Mr. McKnight possesses a BA in Classics and History (McGill University, Montreal, 1985), an MA in English Literature (Concordia University, Montreal, 1993) and an MLIS (McGill University, Montreal, 1992). Prior to coming to the University of Pennsylvania in 2006, McKnight was the Director of the Rare Book and Manuscript Library and Head of the Digital Collections Program at McGill University Libraries. He worked for McGill Libraries for fifteen years. McKnight possesses a particular knowledge and interest in the history of late 19th and 20th century avant-garde publishing. Recently he curated two major exhibitions, Wise Men Fished Here: A Centenary Exhibition in Honor of the Gotham Book Mart: 1920 – 2020 and Experiment: Printing the Canadian Imagination.

Riley McGuire is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of English at the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently working on a dissertation project entitled Figures of Speech: The Relational and Generic Forms of Vocal Impairment in Victorian Culture. He has taught courses on disability, queer, and media studies at Penn and Bryn Mawr College. His most recent article, Writing Novels, Simulating Voices: Euphonia, Trilby, and the Technological Sounding of Identity, is forthcoming in Victorian Literature and Culture.

Sibylla Benatova came to the United States in 2001 and joined the family of Rare Books and Manuscripts at the Penn library. After completing her M.A in Arts at the Sofia Theater and Film Academy, Sibylla was naturally drawn to the world of paper conservation. In 2007 her first illustrated children’s book, The Magic Raincoat, was published by Front Street Press, and in 2008 the book was granted the Junior Library Guild award. Several book cover designs, both in Bulgaria and the United States, carry her artwork. Her hand-made Asian paper paintings have been exhibited in multiple solo and group shows in Bulgaria and Philadelphia. In 2014 Benatova started the A Book a Day program.

Sherlockian Carrollians. Who better to balance the cold, precise calculating mind of Sherlock Holmes than the cast of characters who wander around Wonderland? Ira Matetsky, Dayna Nuhn, Dana Richards, and Robert Stek are all investitured members of the Baker Street irregulars and owe their current mental states to the combined influences of those complementary D’s of Victorian literature, Dodgson and Doyle.

Ellie Schaefer-Salins is a third generation Carrollian collector. Her grandmother began collecting Alice books in the 1890’s and her parents, Maxine and David Schaefer, greatly expanded the collection and were founding members of the LCSNA. Ellie houses this collection that has been in her family for over 115 years. Her specialty interest is collecting Wonderland/Carroll teapots. She claims to have the largest such collection in the world with approximately 200 teapots. She is a Social Work professor at Salisbury University and a mental health therapist for individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing.

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October 4, 2019
October 6, 2019
Free – $30.00
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University of Pennsylvania, Kislak Center for Special Collections, in the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center
3420 Walnut St., Seminar Room, 6th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States


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