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Vote for Alice in Wonderland on The Great American Read!

A US TV-show is ranking ficional books, to determine which book is ‘America’s best-loved book’. “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” is one of the books you can vote on. If you are American or Canadian, you can help vote our favorite tale to the first place!

About the TV-show

The Great American Read‘ is an eight-part TV-series on PBS, that explores and celebrates the power of reading. It investigates how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what America’s 100 best loved books have to say about the nation and its shared human experience.

Through a national survey, a list of 100 most popular fiction novels was compiled. During the summer, people were encouraged to read those books. Now you can vote to determine which book should be named ‘America’s best-loved book’. “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” currently ranks in the top 40, but we need your help to make it rank even higher!

How to vote

There are four ways to vote: online, on Twitter or Facebook, by SMS, and, beginning September 11th, by phone. You can find all voting options on this page.

Voting is open until October 18. You can vote if you are from America or Canada and are 13 years or older.

Disney’s 1951 Alice in Wonderland movie anniversary

Disney’s animated Alice in Wonderland movie was released in London theaters on July 26, 1951. So today is the movie’s 67th anniversary!

The movie was not extremely successful after its release, nor is it considered to be one of the best Disney movies. Still, it remains a favorite in the hearts of many. The image of a blonde Alice in a blue dress has become an iconic image, as has the pink and purple striped Cheshire Cat.

More about Disney’s animated movie

156th Anniversary of the ‘Alice’ tale

Today it’s exactly 156 years ago that Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) made up the ‘Alice’ tale.

The first version of the story arose on 4 July 1862 during a boat trip with Alice Liddell and her sisters.

It would later evolve into a longer tale called “Alice’s Adventures Under Ground”, which eventually became published in book form as “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”. The first edition was printed on 4 July 1865 – exactly 3 years later.

Alice’s Day 2018

Alice’s Day is Oxford’s annual Alice in Wonderland festival. This year it takes place on 7 July. There will be all kinds of activities, including lectures from the Lewis Carroll Society!

The event is organized by the Story Museum. This year’s theme is ‘Journeys & Adventures’.

According to their website, the programme includes the chance to dance a Lobster Quadrille, immersive street theatre, a Comic Jam, a city wide trailer for families, live theatre, talks, lectures, face painting and crafting. Until now, this is all that is being communicated about the programme. Hopefully they will add more details soon!

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Talk: Lewis Carroll and the Red Queen of Thame

On March 15th in Thame (UK), Carroll scholar and writer Mark Davies will talk about the factual inspirations for the Alice books, with an emphasis on the River Thames and a connection with the town of Thame.

Mark Davies is not only a Carroll scholar and writer, but also a local historian and Oxford guide. He will reveal some of the inspirations Carroll got from his surroundings, with a special emphasis on the importance of the River Thames in the creation, content and context of the story, as well as outline a connection with the town of Tame.

Date and time: 15 March, 7:30 pm
Location: Thame museum, 79 High Street, Thame, United Kingdom
Tickets: £6, available at the museum during opening hours, or reserve by email / phone (01844-212801)

World Book Day 2018: an Alice in Wonderland theme

On March 1st, the UK and Ireland are celebrating World Book Day! The rest of the world waits until the 23nd of April, but it is never too early to prepare of course. Make sure you order everything you need in time, to have a great Alice in Wonderland themed day!

Books

Of course, this day is all about books. If you do not yet own a copy of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, or Through the Looking Glass and what Alice found there, this is your chance! But there are more great books suitable for World Book Day:

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