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The C. S. Lewis Society Newsletter
September/October 2010

1. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader Film:

Walden Media has released an HD trailer for the forthcoming, major film based on C.S. Lewis's, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, the third book in The Chronicles of Narnia series. Scheduled for release on December 10, 2010, the film is directed by Michael Apted and stars Ben Barnes (Caspian X, King of Narnia), Skandar Keynes (Edmund Pevensie), Georgie Henley (Lucy Pevensie), and Will Poulter (Eustace Scrubb). The film follows on the previous two films, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005) and Prince Caspian (2008).

Here is additional background on the book, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, here and here are the film's posters, and here is the official web site for the forthcoming film.

Video interview with Max McLean and Douglas Gresham, step-son of C.S. Lewis and Executive Producer of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

2. Why Beauty Matters: BBC Documentary with Roger Scruton:

In an excellent article in the American Spectator, British philosopher and author Roger Scruton discusses his superb new documentary, Why Beauty Matters, that has recently been shown on the BBC. Scruton incisively examines the importance of beauty in the arts and our lives, including fine arts, music, and architecture. In the process, he illuminates the poverty, dehumanization and fraud of modernist and post-modernist cynicism, reductionism and nihilism. Scruton discusses how the human aspiration and longing for truth, goodness and beauty are universal and fundamentally important and that the value of anything is not utilitarian and without meaning (e.g., Oscar Wilde’s claim that “All art is absolutely useless.”). Human beings are not purposeless material objects for mechanistic manipulation by others, and civil society itself depends upon a cultural consensus that beauty is real and every person should be respected with compassion as having dignity and nobility with very real spiritual needs to encounter and be transformed and uplifted by beauty.

3. "C.S. Lewis on Mere Liberty and the Evils of Statism" and Other Recent Articles:

4. Recent and Upcoming Books:

5. 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

6. Other Events:

A. "Lewis and Tolkien: The Story Behind the Phenomenon"
Sponsored by The C.S. Lewis Festival

Celebrating the friendship and literary achievements of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, the 8th Annual Festival features Tolkien scholars Douglas Anderson and Diana Glyer.


When: October 7 - November 22, 2010



B. "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

Contact: Suzanne Bray:


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