Novelist and Dickens biographer Jane Smiley has a marvelous article in The Atlantic, in which she talks about one particular sentence in Our Mutual Friend and how it represents to her some of the best aspects of the art of novel writing.
This summer, 50 benches inspired by great literary works were placed around London by Books about Town. On Tuesday, at the Southbank Centre, they'll be auctioned off to raise money for the National Literacy Trust. MaryAnn Johanson at Flick Filosopher has some good closeups of the Great Expectations bench!
Thomas Howes, who played William on Downton Abbey, will be hosting the stage showWhat the Dickens: Haunted, in his hometown of Doncaster on October 12. The show "will form the finale of a series of Dickens-themed productions hosted by Thomas at the venue over the last few years."
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.