Billionaire.com profiles Charles Dickens's great-great-granddaughter Lucy Dickens, an artist inspired by scenes in and around the Ritz London. Go here to read the piece, to see some of her paintings, and to get details about her upcoming exhibition at the Osborne Studio Gallery!
In honor of Dickens's birthday, the Chatham-Kent branch of the Dickens Fellowship will host a celebration featuring dramatic readings and a talk by historians Bryan and Shannon Prince. The Chatham DailyNews reports, "The organization has invited the Princes to present original work comparing the views of slavery and abolition of Charles Dickens and Harriet Beecher-Stowe, author of Uncle Tom's Cabin." The event will be held February 19.
Here's a nice story about the Monterey Peninsula branch of the Dickens Fellowship, and a dinner they held recently. As branch co-founder Beth Penney says, the Fellowship is a great place to "talk to people about Dickens more than once a year"!
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!
The Dickens Christmas Show & Festival in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, beginning this Thursday, will offer "quite an eye-full of an approximation of Charles Dickens' London." The Charlotte Observer has the details.