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    Wednesday
    Jan272016

    Happy birthday Charles Dodgson/Lewis Carroll

    Lewis Carroll as photographed by O.G. Reijlander. He is holding a camera lens.

    Friday
    Nov202015

    Chatting about Lewis Carroll with Kara Miller of Innovation Hub

    How did Lewis Carroll change children's literature and publishing? Those were the questions that Kara Miller wanted to know about when she interviewed me from WGBH's radio show  "Innovation Hub." The show airs Saturday, Nov. 21, at 10 a.m. eastern time. Here's a link to the blog post: http://blogs.wgbh.org/innovation-hub/2015/11/20/what-you-dont-know-about-alice-wonderland/

    We had fun chatting about how Lewis Carroll was influential in changing children's literature from didactic to more entertaining. We also talked about how Carroll was involved in publishing the first Alice book.

    I appreciated the opportunity share the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the publcation of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" with WGBH, a radio station I enjoyed listening to when I lived in Boston.

    Friday
    Nov202015

    Evolution of Alice exhibit at Milner Library

    Photos from the new exhibit of "The Evolution of Alice in Wonderland for 150 years" at Milner Library at Illinois State University. 


    Title of Alice in Wonderland exhibit near Special Collections on the 6th floor of Milner Library at Illinois State UniversityA first edition of Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll

    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and materials inspired by Alice.

    Alice puppets from the library's Lois Lenski collections

    Wednesday
    Nov112015

    (Un)Birthday Celebration at UNC-Charlotte

    Thanks to the Children's Literature Graduate Students and Mark West at University of North Carolina-Charlotte's English Department for inviting me to be part of their (Un)Birthday Celebration of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

    I am looking forward to meeting with students and talking about "Alice and Multiple Wonderlands." How has Alice endured for so long? How did Lewis Carroll, particularly as the controller of the Wonderland empire, help to cement the book's legacy? What is it about the books that still appeals to readers? These are some of the questions that I have been pondering as I prepared the talk.

    Monday
    Nov092015

    Lost Sherlock Holmes film found and to be shown in Normal

    The Normal Theatre will be showing the recently rediscovered 1916 silent film class Sherlock Holmes. The showings are at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 17, and Wednesday, Nov. 18. William Gillette as Sherlock Holmes in 1916The film has been called the lost holy grail of silent films. The film was found in the film collection at the Cinémathèque Française and was restored. It has only been shown within the last year. 

    Gillette, who stars as Sherlock Holmes, had played the famous British detective on stage for numerous performances. In fact, he rewrote Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's script into a popular theatrical performance. It was Gillette who came up with the hat and the cape. He also changed Holmes' pipe to a rounded pipe so he could talk and smoke while on stage.