Hey, everybody! Welcome back to Tumnus’ Bookshelf, where we review any and all books by, about, and inspired by CS Lewis, the land of Narnia, and the Inklings. Today, we will be looking at Robert Verlarde’s Conversations with CS Lewis.
Accenture today announced that working in partnership with other vendors, it has built and will operate an end-to-end e-commerce and direct to consumer distribution solution for HarperCollins Publishers e-books globally. The project will commence with the launch of HarperCollins’ www.CSLewis.com and www.Narnia.com today, with Accenture supporting future efforts as they develop.
HarperCollins will sell e-books using innovative technology from Accenture. Accenture’s Digital Content Solution will provide a number of capabilities and tools that will allow HarperCollins and its authors to experiment with direct sales to a global audience of readers.
In the case of C.S. Lewis, HarperCollins will now be able to digitally store and distribute the e-books in its catalogue directly to the consumer. It will also have the tools to analyze all online purchase data, which will lead to expanded decision-making capabilities. This e-commerce approach will be extended in time to other HarperCollins online properties.
“Combining Accenture’s suite of digital delivery and analytics capabilities with HarperCollins’ traditional strengths of content acquisition, editing, marketing and distribution, will position HarperCollins as a digital innovator with the tools to evolve its digital strategy. HarperCollins’ increased commitment to the digital value chain gives it a unique edge in attracting writing talent and driving growth in an expanding e-publishing market,” said Thomas Grayson, managing director, Accenture Digital Services.
“The publishing industry is undergoing a technological transformation unparalleled in our 200 year history,” said Chantal Restivo-Alessi, Chief Digital Officer, HarperCollins. “Launching a platform that allows HarperCollins to establish a direct-to-consumer marketing and sales proposition to expand some of its strongest brands to new audiences means we honor both our past and our present.”
A major step in the publication of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe happened on this day (August 13th) in 1949. That was when C.S. Lewis signed a contract with Geoffrey Bles Ltd.
In honor of this landmark day we offer the following preview of an upcoming podcast series on The Chronicles of Narnia books. The preview below is about 15 minutes and gives you a “taste” of what each of the upcoming seven shows will be like. You can listen to it on this page or download it to your computer or mobile device. A few details are being worked out before being able to announce when the complete shows will be posted, so be sure to check back later to find out.
There will be one show for each Narnia book. Co-hosts for the shows are William O’Flaherty, Paul Martin and Dr. Crystal Hurd. A different special guest will join them for the podcast. Dr. Bruce Edwards will discuss The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Dr. Devin Brown will be the guest for Prince Caspian.
Saturday, December 1st, 2012 by William O'Flaherty
Not long ago I spoke with Dr. Louis Markos about his latest book, On the Shoulders of Hobbits: The Road to Virtue with Tolkien and Lewis. The result was a podcast on another site I do. Around this time I gave you a chance here to win a copy. In addition to providing you with the highlights of that interview below, you have another chance to win it and several other books, like those shown at the right (if you are reading this by December 4th). Visit my entry about the contest over at my C.S. Lewis Minute Blogfor details.
Dr. Markos is a Professor of English and Scholar in Residence at Houston Baptist University. He has written several books only about C.S. Lewis, including Lewis Agonistes and Restoring Beauty. Currently he is doing a series at his blog called A to Z with C.S. Lewis. As noted, the following is some of his key comments from an interview about On the Shoulders of Hobbits. If you want to hear the entire interview you can visit the post at All About Jack podcast.
O’Flaherty: Describe some of the process that lead up to the release of On the Shoulders of Hobbits.
Markos: This book should have come out last fall, because last fall the movie on The Hobbit was suppose to come out…it’s something that’s been germinating for about five or six year for me. It started when I taught a class on The Chronicles of Narnia and then the following year I taught on The Hobbit. Afterward I realized there weren’t many books dealing with both. When you look carefully and put the books side-by-side, it is amazing how much they have in common, (which includes) their view of virtue and vice and their view of being a pilgrim on the road.
O’Flaherty: Some are not familiar with the personal connection between Lewis and Tolkien, so tell us about that.
The late Pauline Baynes illustrated hundreds of books and created iconic images associated with J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and C.S. Lewis’ Narnia series. Baynes, an artist who breathed life into much-loved literary characters through her intricate illustrations, will be honored in a Christmas exhibition.
The Museum of Farnham is set to celebrate her life and work with a festive exhibition of more than 30 illustrations. The exhibition, An Artist’s Imagination, opens this Saturday (December 1) and runs until January 12. The Museum of Farnham is open Tuesday to Saturday between 10am and 5pm. Farnham is a town in Surrey, England.
Wednesday, November 7th, 2012 by Jonathon Svendsen
Hey, everybody, welcome back to Tumnus’ Bookshelf: The NarniaFans Book Reviews, where we review any and all books by about and inspired by CS Lewis, The land of Narnia and The Inklings. For today’s review we will be looking at the new book The Unofficial Narnia Cookbook!
Brittany Coleman at Source Books sent us word on an upcoming release that is sure to help fill your appetite for more Narnia…literally. The book is called The Unofficial Narnia Cookbook. Bellow is the press-release: Read the rest of this entry »
It was 62 years ago today that the first Narnia book was published. That book is The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in case you didn’t know. These days the books are number by the order of their internal events and it is listed as second. As most of you know the 75th anniversary of The Hobbit was recently celebrated. As a result of this previous milestone (and the fact that a movie is coming out in December), there are several new books discussing Middle Earth. One of the exceptions to this is a book by Dr. Louis Markos that focuses on BOTH Tolkien’s and Lewis’s imaginary land. It’s called On the Shoulders of Hobbits: The Road to Virtue with Tolkien and Lewis.
Dr. Markos has previously written several books related to C.S. Lewis, including Lewis Agonistes: How C.S. Lewis Can Train Us to Wrestle with the Modern and Postmodern World and Restoring Beauty: The Good, the True, and the Beautiful in the Writings of C.S. Lewis. This new book, On the Shoulders of Hobbits, actually looks at virtue and vice by showing how the various characters in both author’s world dealt with them. The book is divided into four parts that each has four chapters. Dr. Markos examines a single theme-message-moral in each that looks at the nature of goodness and the ill effects of greed (among other topics).
Over at my C.S. Lewis Minute site you can get a chance to win a copy of On the Shoulders of Hobbits and listen to an interview I did with the author. You have to visit the special contest page to enter. Don’t delay as the deadline is Thursday, October 18th!
Thursday, September 6th, 2012 by William O'Flaherty
Today kicks off the first of several books by C.S. Lewis that were released in the month of September. It was on this date back in 1954 that The Horse and His Boy became available. At the time it was the fifth title in The Chronicles of Narnia. However, today it is numbered third because of when the events occur in the story compared to the other stories. (If you are not familiar with the issue of which order to read the books in, be sure to check out What Order should I read the Chronicles of Narnia?). On September 7, 1953 The Silver Chair was published and then just over a week later, on September 15, 1952 The Voyage of the Dawn Treader was first available to read.
While there are many books to help you enjoy The Chronicles of Narnia or the individuals stories, one fairly recent work that has generated a lot of attention is The Narnia Code by Dr. Michael Ward. Although there are those who have questioned whether such a secret code exists, many have found the book to be helpful in understanding the already admitted hidden Christian layer.
After having the privilege of doing a single interview with Dr. Ward about The Narnia Code several months ago on my All About Jack podcast show I approach him about doing an in-depth special on it. Out of this discussion has come a special short-term series taking a chapter-by-chapter look at the book that are between 15-20 minutes long each. So far seven shows have been released of the originally planned twelve-part program. However, an additional episode is being produced to answer common questions Dr. Ward has received about the book.
If you want to have an easy way to catch-up with what’s already available, I’ve created a special release that contains the first three shows on my other blog, the C.S. Lewis Minute. For those reading this weeks or months after the series is posted you can visit my central site, EssentialCSLewis.com to learn where to go to listen to it.