The new Drood Inquiry group will hold a one-day conference in September, "allowing the opportunity to consider Edwin Drood afresh, not purely as a puzzle to be solved but as a work of literature to be analysed and celebrated in its own right." Cloisterham Tales has more information!
The 2014 Dickens Fellowship Conference will be held in Chicago, July 16-21. If you're interested in going, you need to get your $200 non-refundable deposit in by Saturday, February 15. Here's the page where you can find the forms to fill out (there's one for singles and one for couples), and here's some more information on the conference.
The 27th annual Dickens Day, co-sponsored by Birkbeck, University of London; the University of Leicester; and the Dickens Fellowship, will be held at London's Senate House on October 12. This one will focus primarily on Dickens's interest in history and how it impacted his work. Info is here and here.
As I write this, the 2013 Dickens Universe is finishing up out in California. If any of you were there, we'd love to hear how it went! (Hat tip to David Perdue.)
In London, the Charles Dickens Museum has been added to the London Pass, "a sightseeing card providing tourists with entry to over 60 of the city's top attractions."
Speaking of the Dickens Museum, I recently ordered from them this set of facsimiles of the serialized version of Edwin Drood. Since then it's gone out of stock again -- it seems to go out of stock rather quickly, from what I've seen -- but when they get more of them in, I highly recommend them. It's a lovely, well-done set, and it's an especially poignant experience to look at the last one, which features a nice picture of Dickens and a short posthumous tribute.
A conference called "Tales of One City: Charles Dickens and London" will be held October 6 at Chancellor's Hall, Senate House, in London. Go here for details.
Penguin is putting out a series ("inspired by typography") called Penguin Drop Caps, featuring new editions of classic novels, and Great Expectations is included. Details and photos are available here.
Simon Callow, currently performing his one-man show The Mystery of Charles Dickens in London, opines that Dickens would likely have been diagnosed as bipolar, were he alive today. As I've hinted before, I tend to think there may be something in that idea.
Speaking of Callow's show, the Evening Standard reviews it here.
Eugene Wrayburn makes Huffington Post's list of snarky literary characters to enjoy; blogger Dave Astor describes him as "nicer than he initially seems."
Selina Scott of Malton, England, is trying to raise £30,000 to help the town buy an inscribed first edition of A Christmas Carol. (You may recall that Scrooge's counting house is said to have been based on a building in Malton.) Best wishes to her!