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The C. S. Lewis Society Update (June 2009)

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1. The Narnia Code Premiered on BBC April 16 and May 18:

The acclaimed book, Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C. S. Lewis, by Michael Ward (Research Fellow, The Independent Institute) is a finalist for the 2009 Mythopoeic Scholarship Awards. The documentary based on the book and co-sponsored by the C.S. Lewis Society of California, The Narnia Code, was aired on BBC1 on April 16th and BBC4 in May 18th, and here is an interview with Dr. Ward. For a promotional video of The Narnia Code, please go here.

2. Articles, Books, Debate Videos, and Music CDs:
A selection of recommended publications of interest.

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3. Upcoming C.S. Lewis Society Events:

A. C.S. Lewis Society Bay Area Book and Film Club (See year-long schedule here)
Meets bi-weekly Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.
The upcoming meeting will be held at:

4. Other Events:

A. International Colloquium on Perelandra with Second Premiere of Perelandra: The Opera
Sponsored by the Oxford C.S. Lewis Society

This opera by Donald Swann and David Marsh was originally written between 1960 and 1964, with enthusiastic support from C.S. Lewis. In a 1962 letter to Marsh, Lewis wrote, "I think [the libretto] just stunningly good. It brought tears to my eyes in places. Done right, it will be terrific. I very heartily congratulate you." The opera was also very dear to Swann's heart, and contains some of his most lyrical music.

When first premiered, the opera received enthusiastic reviews in Oxford, Cambridge, London and later New York. However, the sale of the film rights shortly after Lewis's death placed a long-term embargo on its performance. The opera is now receiving a long-awaited second premiere. It is to be performed in its original, three-act version as a "theatrical oratorio" and recorded by Oxford Records.

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B. "All Things Considered"
Sponsored by the New York C.S. Lewis Society

Commemorating its 40th Anniversary, the New York C.S. Lewis Society will host a weekend symposium.

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C. "2009 Summer Seminars-in-Residence at The Kilns"
Sponsored by C.S. Lewis Foundation

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D. "The Company We Keep: Creativity & Community with C.S. Lewis & the Inklings"
Sponsored by C.S. Lewis Foundation

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