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Wayfaring in Wonderland with Amanda Hollander

Two Sessions Thursdays, 6:00 pm EDT - 7:30 pm EDT July 11 to August 1, 2024

The Center for Fiction

The ‘With Books’ option includes both titles required for this group with a 10% discount from our Bookstore.

Meeting Dates:
7/11 & 8/1
In Person at The Center for Fiction

Whether you believe six impossible things before breakfast or take joy in uncommon nonsense, in this reading group you will delve into the most famous and even infamous of Victorian children’s literature. Together we will read and discuss mathematician Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel, Through the Looking Glass. We will delve into a conversation about Victorian childhood, treacle wells, mad hatters and all manner of whimsy and nonsense at the historical juncture of childhood and empire.

Participants should read the full text of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in advance of the first session.

What to expect from this reading group: This is a seminar-like discussion group so participants should come ready and eager to discuss texts in depth.


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    Amanda Hollander

    Amanda Hollander

    A writer and opera librettist, Amanda Hollander holds a doctorate in Victorian and children’s literature from UCLA. She has published several works of speculative short fiction and academic articles. A professional opera librettist, she currently is working on a commission to adapt Christopher Isherwood’s A Single Man for opera. You can find more about her upcoming projects at