The first Bi-Annual Dickens Conference will be held in Salem, Massachusetts, this Friday through Sunday, hosted by the North Boston branch of the Dickens Fellowship. "Pickwickian Endeavors" is the name of this year's conference. Information is here and here.
Next time someone tells you Dickens is too intimidating or too tough to read, you might point out that A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations are both quicker reads than the bestselling A Song of Ice and Fire. At least, according to this.
A feature in the Starabout the homes of famous London authors has a nice little section on the Dickens Museum, with good photos of some of the memorabilia there: Dickens's chair, and a locket with his picture on it.
BookRiot has a quiz asking you to guess the Dickens title from the illustration. (They also give you quotes to help out.) I got 9 out of 10. See how well you do! There are no buttons to click, so you'll have to keep track on paper or in your head.
Katharine and Ryan Taylor, who named their new daughter Ada Clare! (Katharine is a Facebook/LiveJournal friend of mine.) Both Ada and Clare are family names, and Katharine says, "It didn't hit me until after we'd already settled on the name that Ada Clare (even spelled the same way) is the name of Jarndyce's beautiful and virtuous ward in Bleak House. But that's a fine literary association to have."
Congratulations and blessings to them! And thank heaven Tattycoram wasn't a family name. ;-)