Playwright and teacher James Armstrong, whom I met at the Dickens Fellowship Conference, writes in that he's going to be giving a talk at that Dickens exhibit in Yonkers, New York, that I mentioned yesterday. His talk is about "Dickens and His Illustrators" and will take place on October 13. More information is here. In case you're in the area, I'm sure it'll be worth hearing!
Isn't it lovely to watch someone discover Dickens? Julie Davis, at the Happy Catholic's Bookshelf blog, is a brand-new Dickensian, and wrote a great blog post about the experience. Here's a sample:
I must concede Will Duquette’s contention that Dickens characters can be very unrealistic. But who would give them up for the realistic ones? . . .
You know, I expected that I’d read a few pages (slogging through them) and intersperse them with a newer book. But I’m hooked. I can never possibly convey how great, how riveting I am finding this book. It is a mystery, a horror novel, a romance, a look at character (or the lack thereof), and much more … all laced with a self awareness that I find startlingly modern. O Dickens. And here I thought A Tale of Two Cities was sublime. How little I knew…
The website Book Riot is putting together a new project: a book called Start Here, which will help people get started reading some of those authors they've never read but always meant to read. Charles Dickens is one of the authors who will be featured. More info is available here.
Roxanna Panufnik has composed a new piece of music in Dickens's honor, called "Great Dickens." (I must say I like the title!) The London Mozart Players will perform it October 4 to kick off their new season. Info here and here.