- Folks, I goofed. Hereafter opens in only three North American cities today, none of which is mine. So if you're in New York City, Los Angeles, or Toronto, and you go to see it, let us know what you think. But as for me, I'll have to wait till the nationwide release next week.
- This sounds like a lovely idea: "Silent Dickens by Candlelight: Atmospheric candle-lit screenings of silent film adaptations of a selection of Charles Dickens's works." It's at the Charles Dickens Museum in London on Saturday, October 23, from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. (Those must be some super-short films, but a lot of silent films were pretty short.)
- An even lovelier idea: The Deerfield Family Theater in Deerfield, Ill., which is currently doing a production of Oliver!, was inspired to start the "Food Glorious Food" project to benefit a local food pantry. Click here for more information.
- There are lots of different ways of making punch. Mr. Dickens, for instance, liked to set his on fire.
- The New York Times calls Dickens "the great novelist whose work seems to lend itself most naturally to expressly theatrical interpretation." The article has special praise for the Royal Shakespeare Company's Nicholas Nickleby and for Patrick Stewart's one-man version of A Christmas Carol.
- The Charles Dickens School in Portsmouth will probably have to close their Tiny Tim nursery for younger children if they can't find a new investor. If the school's namesake were still alive, I'll bet he'd be doing some pretty intensive fundraising right now.
- Last but not least, BBC1 has just hired Danny Cohen as its new controller. Cohen is "a cricket-loving Oxford graduate and" --wait for it -- "an expert on Charles Dickens." Could this mean there's a chance for more BBC Dickens adaptations?? Keep those fingers crossed, everyone!
(Special thanks to John Wilson of Books & Culture for the punch article.)