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London is Peppered With Book-Inspired Benches

bookbenchesHow to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll are among books that have been given a new life in London this summer. The National Literacy Trust in Britain has developed a public art project that commemorates 50 books in an new and innovative way: as public benches.

The project is called Books about Town. Artists have been asked to adapt famous books into benches which have been placed throughout the city. The “BookBenches” project is designed to encourage reading. Readers can find four different literary maps of these sculptures online and use them to guide their literary treasure hunts. The routes include: Greenwich Trail, Bloomsbury Trail, City Trail and Riverside Trail.

The exhibition is up through September 15th.

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Bluewater Productions Publishes Two Projects Inspired By ‘Alice in Wonderland’

wonderlandAlice’s Adventures in Wonderland, one of the world’s most beloved children’s books, has inspired two projects at Bluewater Productions.

The first, an original fiction series called “Queen of Hearts,” stars Wonderland’s infamous monarch. According to the press release, the story in these comics will explore the history “behind one of the most memorable villains in all literature.”

The second, a comic called “Tribute: Lewis Carroll – Author of Alice in Wonderland,” features the life story of the author himself. The publishing house enlisted Michael L. Frizell to write this biography and Mark Stroud to create the art.

The Red Queen of Oz Graphic Novel Featured on Kickstarter

Writer Bryan Wiegele and illustrator Simon Rosati hope to raise $2,750 on Kickstarter to fund the production and self-publishing costs for The Red Queen of Oz.

They hope to release the graphic novel in February 2013. This book features a story that brings together Alice from Alice in Wonderland and Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz. We’ve embedded a video about the project above–what do you think?

Here’s more about the project: “It’s the tale of two young girls, both with extraordinary experiences of their own, who must set aside petty differences to stop the diabolical Red Queen of Hearts from her destructive rampage that has already ruined Wonderland and now threatens Oz. This is a completely original story based on characters and events from the original books, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through The Looking-Glass written by Lewis Carroll, and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz written by L. Frank Baum. Both are safely in the realm of public domain.”

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Unauthorized Biography of the Cheshire Cat on Kickstarter

Have you ever wondered what life in Wonderland was like before Alice?

Since Lewis Carroll never told that story, writer Adam Danielski wants to take a stab at providing some answers with Grin: The Unauthorized Biography of a Cheshire Cat. Danielski hopes to raise $7,000 on Kickstarter to fund the editing and production costs of self-publishing his work. We’ve embedded a video about Grin above–what do you think?

Here’s more about the project: “Grin - the first book in the trilogy takes place before Alice ventures down the rabbit hole. It delves into answers to many questions, such as:  How do the March Hare and Mad Hatter arrive at the tea party? Why are they mad? Where did all the talking animals come from? These and many more questions will be answered, but more mysteries are revealed to be resolved in the second and third book.”

Free eBook Flowchart

What’s your favorite kind of book? We’ve created a giant flowchart to help you browse the top 50 free eBooks at Project Gutenberg.

Click the image above to see a larger version of the book map. Your choices range from Charles Dickens to Jane Austen, from Sherlock Holmes to needlework. Below, we’ve linked to all 50 free eBooks so you can start downloading right now. The books are available in all major eBook formats.

Follow this link to see an online version of the flowchart, complete with links to the the individual books.

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Turns 150

This week marked the 150th anniversary of the first time Lewis Carroll told the story that became his beloved novel, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. On July 4, 1862, Charles Dodgson (the author who would publish as Carroll) boarded a small boat with three young girls.

Here’s more from Brain Pickings: “Entrusted with entertaining the young ladies, Dodgson fancied a story about a whimsical world full of fantastical characters, and named his protagonist Alice. So taken was Alice Liddell with the story that she asked Dodgson to write it down for her, which he did when he soon sent her a manuscript under the title of Alice’s Adventures Under Ground.”

In 1865, Carroll published his first Alice story. The Through the Looking Glass sequel followed in 1871. The two titles have spawned numerous adaptations and artistic projects. To celebrate, we’ve put together a list of five ideas on how to celebrate Carroll’s novels. (via The Huffington Post)

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Lewis Carroll Reads ‘Jabberwocky’

In honor of National Poetry Month, we dug up an animated video of children’s author Lewis Carroll reading his poem, “Jabberwocky.”

The poem originated in Carroll’s novel Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There, the sequel to Alice in Wonderland.

The poetryreincarnations channel on YouTube features videos where great poets are “reincarnated” through animation to read some of the most celebrated poetry of all time. Check it out and you’ll find clips with Sylvia Plath, Walt Whitman, and Emily Dickinson.

Alice Versus a Wimpy Kid

adaptation23.pngIt was a big weekend for adaptations of children’s books as Alice in Wonderland took $34.5 at the box office and Diary of a Wimpy Kid took $21.8 million at movie theaters around the country.

According to Hollywood Reporter, the Tim Burton-directed adaptation of Lewis Carroll‘s story has earned $265.8 million in 17 days. Film executives were happy with Wimpy Kid‘s debut–the first in a series of books written by Jeff Kinney. Follow this link to watch the trailer.

Here’s more about the adaptation from the article: “Based on the first book in a kids’ literary series, PG-rated ‘Kid’ drew audiences evenly divided between males and females, and comprised 59 percent of patrons under age 25. ‘It’s a testament to the fan base this property enjoys,’ Fox senior vp distribution Chris Aronson said.”

Anne Rice Vook Debuts; Company Plans Over 500 Titles in 2010

arvook.jpgBestselling novelist Anne Rice launches her inaugural vook today, a multimedia version of her 1984 vampire story, “The Master of Rampling Gate.”

To find out more, we caught up with Vook CEO Brad Inman–who said the company has more than 500 titles planned for 2010. According to Inman, the company shot between six and eight hours of footage for the Rice vook, including a New Orleans tour with her son, Rice interviews, and expert commentary.

The company recently secured $2.5 million in seed funding, and he shared some upcoming projects: “We will be releasing a vook for Seth Godin‘s “Unleashing the Ideavirus” next week, which we’re thrilled about. We have also just released “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” which includes beautiful videos about Lewis Carroll and the Oxford community that inspired him to write this classic tale. We think that people are really going to enjoy it, especially as enthusiasm grows around this story with the Tim Burton movie coming out on Friday.”

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Lost Season Six, by the Books

annotated23.jpgOn Tuesday night, the literary television show Lost featured a loving cameo appearance of The Annotated Alice: The Definitive Edition–W. W. Norton’s special edition of the Lewis Carroll classic. Since then, the book has rocketed up the Amazon charts, currently ranked 314th in Books and first in History & Criticism.

Over at Entertainment Weekly, journalist Jeff Jensen writes long, speculative essays about Lost, one of the more literary readings of the series you can find on the web. So far, Jensen has spotted two other books in the final season of Lost.

They are: Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie (“Its famous line? ‘What’s the use of stories that aren’t even true?’”) and the famous Fear and Trembling by Soren Kierkegaard (“which challenges true believers to embrace the absurdity of faith. Combined, both books send this message to us: This absurd sideways thing has a purpose. It is ‘useful.’”)

Have you spotted more literary references in season six? Add any books we missed in the comments section–we’ll put them on the list in a future post. If you want to read more of our literary Lost coverage, follow these links:

GalleyCat Reviews looked at critical reception of the books of Lost.
Theoretical physicist Sean Carroll talked about time travel on Lost.
Chad Post revealed another book from the sixth season
Nikki Stafford talked about writing her unofficial guides to Lost.

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