The town of Malton is honoring its connections with Dickens by holding its inaugural Dickensian Festival this winter! Go here and here for more information about the festival, which will include appearances by Lucinda Dickens Hawksley and Miriam Margolyes. And go here to read about the special song composed just for the occasion!
San Francisco's annual festival began this weekend and will continue (on weekends) through December 20. Articles about the fair are here, here, and here. That last article is especially fun, as it features several interviews with people who've participated in the Fair over the years, whether playing characters, selling wreaths, or even stalking Bill Sikes!
We're in need of a guest reviewer who can read and review Thom Thomas's two Christmas Carol sequels, ...give or take a pebbleand ...give or take a shilling. If you're interested, please comment on this post and we'll make arrangements to have review copies sent to you!
Bas Bleu, a favorite online retailer of mine, is offering these charming Christmas cards. They don't just pay tribute to A Christmas Carol, but also branch out to include many other Dickens works. Pretty sure some of my correspondents are getting these in their mailboxes this Christmas!
Variety reports that Ice Cube will star in the movie Humbug, "a contemporary retelling of Charles Dickens’ classic story of a wealthy real estate mogul who is shown a path to redemption by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future." Tim Story will direct.
I missed this when it happened in June, but Danny Kuhn has released a novel titled Fezziwig: A Life, about Scrooge's first employer. It's the first in a projected series called The Fezziwig Legacy. Here's an article that gives some plot details.
And another new Christmas Carol-related series, Ebenezer Scrooge Mysteries, kicks off in October, when L. J. Oliver releases The Humbug Murders. This book also involves Fezziwig, or rather his ghost, who prompts Scrooge to investigate his (Fezziwig's) murder. The story will also feature characters from other Dickens works, as well as Dickens himself.
Actor Brenock O'Connor (best known for Game of Thrones) talks a little in this interview about Dickensian, in which he'll be playing Peter Cratchit. Speaking of which, I've been updating the cast list for the show as information has been trickling in; go here for the latest information!