of the highlights of my year was the Dickens on Screen festival at the TIFF
Bell Lightbox in Toronto. This particular event, organized to coincide with the
bicentenary, had several stops and was curated by Adrian Wootton, the chief executive
of Film London and an avid Dickensian
and film historian in his own right.
Joseph Bottum, author of what's probably my all-time favorite essay about Dickens, has written a delightful little Christmas tale in which he uses the names of many characters from Dickens's Christmas stories, such as Toby Veck (The Chimes), May Fielding (The Cricket on the Hearth), and Clemency Newcome (The Battle of Life). Bottum's Wise Guy is available on Amazon as a 99-cent e-book.