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Noon book talk, Chuck Fischer, A Christmas Carol: A Pop-Up Book

Tuesday, December 7, 2010 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

A Christmas Carol: A Pop-Up BookImage courtesy of Little, Brown and Company

Charles Dickens (1812-1870), one of the most prolific authors of the nineteenth century, created some of literature’s most memorable characters—including a certain Ebenezer Scrooge, whose annual indoctrination into the magic of Christmas spirit has become a holiday tradition. Artist Chuck Fischer reimagines that tradition in his pop-up version of the Dickens classic, with painted depictions of Ebenezer Scrooge, the Cratchit family and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future brought to life in intricate four-color pop-up scenes. However familiar you might be with the outline of Dickens’ novella, the pop-up format Fischer’s version lets readers experience the tale from a whole new perspective—literally.

Chuck Fischer’s paintings hang in private collections all over the world. His designs have been reproduced on holiday ornaments and home furnishings, including wallpaper and fabric in the permanent collection of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum. He is the author of six previous pop-up books: The White House, Great American Houses and Gardens, Christmas in New York, Christmas Around the World, In the Beginning, and Angels: A Pop-Up Book. He lives in New York and Florida.

To Reserve: There is no fee for this event, which is open to the public. Reservations are required but cannot be accepted until Thursday, November 18. Please call the Athenæum’s events reservation line, (617) 720-7600.


Mr. Fischer's book will be on sale after his lecture through the Globe Corner Book Store.

Chuck Fischer's Website

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