I am delighted to send you the November 2009 issue of our email newsletter, Logos.
And if you have not done so already, we cordially invite you to join with us as a current Member of the C.S. Lewis Society.
Thank you very much!
David J. Theroux
Founder and President
C. S. Lewis Society of California
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1. The Screwtape Letters: The masterpiece of religious satire by C.S. Lewis that entertains and uplifts readers with its sly and ironic portrayal of human life and foibles from the vantage point of Screwtape, a highly placed demonic assistant to “Our Father Below.”
A. Stage Production: Four sold-out performances of The Screwtape Letters were held October 1-3, at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek, Calif., to very enthusiastic audiences of 785 people per show. Sponsored by the Fellowship for the Performing Arts (FPA) in association with the C.S. Lewis Society of California, two of the shows also included a special after-show conversation featuring actor Max McLean, director Jeffrey Fiske, and C.S. Lewis Society President David Theroux. Additional FPA performances will be held this fall in Phoenix (Oct. 30 - Nov. 1), Louisville (Nov. 6-7), Ft. Lauderdale (Nov. 14-15), Chattanooga (Nov. 21-22), and Washington D.C. (Dec. 16 - Jan. 3).
"The Screwtape Letters on Stage: Elegant, Insightful and Soul-Stirring," by José Maria J. Yulo (Sehnsucht: The C.S. Lewis Journal)
B. New Collector's Edition: An entirely new, full-cast dramatization of The Screwtape Letters has just been released. Starring Andy Serkis (who played Gollum in The Lord of the Rings film series) as Screwtape, this sensational production features cinema-quality sound, original music score, and over four hours of delightfully disturbing yet inspiring entertainment. This Collector's Edition is produced by Focus on the Family's Radio Theater and includes 4 CDs plus one DVD (with behind-the-scenes video features and a 5.1 surround-sound mix of the entire program).
C. The Screwtape Letters: Special Illustrated Edition: This classic work by C.S. Lewis now available in a superb, new, special illustrated edition. This gift edition has beautiful, four-color illustrations by the artist Papas and a ribbon marker, includes C. S. Lewis's own drawing of Screwtape, as well as a retrospective essay by Lewis written twenty years after the original publication.
2. PBS-TV's Masterpiece Theater: "Inspector Lewis: Allegory of Love":
On October 4th, Masterpiece Theater's series featured "Inspector Lewis: Allegory of Love." Young and handsome Oxford writer Dorian Crane is following in the noted fantasy footsteps of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien with his newest book. The day after Crane's book launch party, reality shatters the celebratory mood when a young Czech barmaid is found dead by the river, savagely murdered with an antique Persian mirror. Some of the grisly circumstances seem to have been lifted from Crane's fiction. But the celebrated author claims no knowledge of the crime, instead fawning over his bride-to-be and muse Alice Wishart. At the murder scene, Lewis and Hathaway find a one-word note scrawled in blood that references a place in Iraq. As a result, Lewis and Hathaway get pulled into the world of Oxford's literary elite, only to find that it harbors resentment and jealousy and at its center, holds terrible secrets beyond all imagination.
3. Articles, Books, Videos, and Audios:
A selection of recommended publications of interest.
C. Videos and Audios:
4. Upcoming C.S. Lewis Society Events:
C.S. Lewis Society Bay Area Book and Film Club (See year-long schedule here)
Meets bi-weekly Wednesdays
The upcoming meetings will be held at:
October 28: Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C. S. Lewis, by Michael Ward
6:30 p.m.: Showing of the BBC documentary, The Narnia Code:
7:30 p.m.: Discussion, Leader/moderator, David J. Theroux
"I cannot contain my admiration. No other book on Lewis has ever shown such comprehensive knowledge of his works and such depth of insight. This will make Michael Ward's name."
Walter Hooper, Literary Adviser to the Estate of C.S. Lewis
"[Planet Narnia] is, to all appearances, a gamble of presumptuous proportions; but it pays off powerfully and persuasively . . . [Ward] makes a marvelous case . . . profound . . . striking . . . brilliant."
The Independent on Sunday (London)
"Michael Ward's Planet Narnia is an example of a very rare species: a work of literary detection which, despite the breathtaking daring of its central thesis, is utterly convincing and compelling." N.T. Wright, Bishop of Durham
"Noting Michael Ward's claim that he has discovered 'the secret imaginative key' to the Narnia books, the sensible reader responds by erecting a castle of skepticism. My own castle was gradually but utterly demolished as I read this thoughtful, scholarly, and vividly-written book. If Ward is wrong, his wrongness is cogent: it illuminates and delights. But I don't think he is wrong. And in revealing the role of the planets in the Chronicles, Ward also gives us the fullest understanding yet of just how deeply Lewis in his own fiction drew upon those medieval and renaissance writers he so loved."
Alan Jacobs, Professor of English, Wheaton College; author, The Narnian: The Life and Imagination of C.S. Lewis
"Michael Ward presents an absorbing, learned analysis of C.S. Lewis's bestselling and beloved series, The Chronicles of Narnia. Readily accessible to the average reader, Ward's book reads so much like a detective story that it's difficult to put down."
Armand M. Nicholi, Jr., M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; author, The Question of God: C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud
November 11 and 18: The Voyage of the “Dawn Treader”, by C.S. Lewis
7:30 p.m.: Discussion, Leader/moderator, Eric C. Woychik, Ph.D.
A sea voyage to the very ends of the world that will form the basis for the third Chronicles of Narnia film to be released at the end of 2010! Narnia . . . where a dragon awakens . . . where stars walk the earth . . . where anything can happen. A king and some unexpected companions embark on a voyage that will take them beyond all known lands. As they sail father and father from chartered waters, they discover that their quest is more than they imagined and that the world's end is only the beginning.
"More English make-believe and symbol-ridden adventure in a sequel to The Lion the Witch and The Wardrobe and Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia in which Lucy and Edmond Pevensie, this time with their spoiled cousin Eustace, journey again to fantastic Narnia for rousing and wonderful times. They journey with young King Caspian, Captain Drinian of the Dawn Treader the talking mouse Reepicheep and others to aid the six lords who had been betrayed with the death of the former king, Caspian's father. Their way takes them to such lands as the Lone Islands where they restore the lost Lord Bern's lands, usurped by the evil slaver Governor Gumpas; they fight such perils as a horrible sea monster. In the end it is Reepicheep who gets his wishof sailing to the eastern end of the world to find happiness in the country of Narnia's former hero, the wise Lion Aslan. And in a moment filled with the sadness of departure tempered by the wisdom of growing up, Lucy, Edmond and Eustace return to their ownEustace, as it was later implied by his elders, much improved by the influence of those Pevensies. Fine fantasy. Kirkus Reviews
5. Other Events:
A. 2009 National Conference on Christian Apologetics: "Apologetics and the Local Church"
Throughout history followers of Christ have been called on to defend the faith when it was under attack. Men like the Apostle Paul, Justin Martyr, Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, and C.S. Lewis answered the call. Apologetics is not a new concept. It may have fallen out of view for some modern Christians, but there is no less need to proclaim the truth of the Gospel today. Just look at events around you. The resurrection of Jesus, biblical authority, moral absolutes, the existence of God, and the very framework of truth are being attacked on every front. Involving many of the world's leading Christian apologists, the National Conference on Christian Apologetics will feature lectures on apologetics, theology, media and culture, discernment, church leadership and discipleship, evangelism, Islam, women's issues, and more.
When: November 13-14, 2009
Where: Hickory Grove Baptist Church, Charlotte, NC
B. Apologetics Institute 2009: "Calling Church Leaders to Intentional Apologetics"
The 2009 Apologetics Institute is specifically designed for church leaders: you may be a paid staff member at your church, a pastor or associate pastor, an elder or deacon, head of a ministry, or a leader within your ministry. Whatever your role, it will challenge you to consider fresh approaches to engage today’s culture, and the New England region, with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Space is limited so register today.
When: November 13-14, 2009
C. "The Company We Keep: Creativity & Community with C.S. Lewis & the Inklings"
Sponsored by C.S. Lewis Foundation
When: October 30 - November 1, 2009
Where: Camp Allen Retreat and Conference Center, Navasota, Texas
D. "C.S. Lewis and the Inklings: Discovering Hidden Truth"
13th Annual C.S. Lewis and Inklings Conference (CSLIS)
Papers on the above theme related to the works of C.S. Lewis, the Inklings, George MacDonald, and Dorothy L. Sayers are invited. However, papers on other subjects related to the above authors will also be accepted. There will be a competition for the best undergraduate and best faculty/scholar paper presented at this conference. Monetary awards will be given as determined by a committee of three jurors from the Executive Board members of the CSLIS. To be eligible, the presenter must a member of the CSLIS and present the paper at the conference. The awards will be presented during the evening banquet on April 9.
When: April 9-10, 2010
Where: Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma City, OK
Call for Papers: Deadline for papers: January 15, 2010
E. "C. S. Lewis, His Friends and Associates: Questions of Identity"
Although certain aspects of C. S. Lewis’s work have been studied in great detail, others have been comparatively neglected. In this international conference, the first of its kind to be held in France, we hope to look at Lewis’s life and work, and those of his friends and associates, from many different angles.
Questions of identity are essential to the understanding of any writer. The ways authors perceive themselves and who they are, the communities they belong to by birth or choice, inevitably influence their work. The way they present other people, real or fictional, may also be rooted in their own conception of identity.
We are therefore seeking for papers which examine gender and family roles, national, regional, racial or professional identities, membership of a particular church, movement or club, ideological or political attachments, descriptions of oneself (e.g., dinosaur, Old Western Man) either with regard to Lewis and those who knew him or in a study of their writings.
Among Lewis’s friends and associates we would include his brother Warren, his wife Joy, J.R.R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, Dorothy L. Sayers, T.S. Eliot, Ruth Pitter and Owen Barfield, but would also consider studies of anyone who worked with Lewis or who influenced him. Comparative studies of Lewis and another writer are also possible.
When: June 2-3, 2011
Where: Lille Catholic University, France
Call for Papers: Deadline for propositions for papers (200 to 300 words, French or English): June 15, 2010
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