December 15, 2013
An afternoon of Victorian entertainment! Molly Oldfield, consummate researcher and author of The Secret Museum, shares her love of unique items and interesting objects found at museums and libraries world wide, most notably The New York Public Library’s collection of Dickens material in the Berg Collection of English and American Literature. She will be joined by acclaimed author Neil Gaiman, who will present a memorable reading of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Gaiman will read the classic tale as the great author intended, following edits and prompts Dickens wrote in his own hand for his unique readings 150 years ago.
Neil Gaiman has written many books and won many awards for them. He won the Audie Award for Book of the Year for his reading of The Graveyard Book. He used to read A Christmas Carol to his children, but only at Christmas.
Molly Oldfield is a writer and researcher for the landmark BBC 1 program QI (Quite Interesting), presented by Stephen Fry, and broadcast in the U.S. by National Geographic. She writes a weekly column for The Telegraph in the UK and also researches for BBC’s Radio 4 program, The Museum of Curiosity. She spent two years touring the world in search of the most extraordinary inventions, legacies and artefacts hidden from the public and the best of what she found – 60 unseen artefacts whose stories touch all five continents – are in The Secret Museum (Firefly Books, 2013). Recommended for all ages.