Books Backstage

The Prince George Public Library and Theatre NorthWest have partnered to connect library patrons and theatre goers with resources on themes addressed within the plays performed during Theatre NorthWest’s 2016/2017 season. In collaboration with Theatre NorthWest’s artistic director, PGPL librarians will provide recommendations of fiction, non-fiction, DVDs and other materials that may enrich the audiences’ experience of the performances. Book lists will be posted at least one month in advance of each play.

Book list to accompany Alice in Wonderland, which runs November 17 – December 7, 2016

QUEEN OF HEARTS by Toby Devens
This is not the story of the Wonderland we know. Alice has not fallen down a rabbit hole. This is a Wonderland where beneath each smile lies a secret, each tart comes with a demand, and only prisoners tell the truth.
ALICE by Christina Henry
Alice has been in the mental hospital in Old Town for years. She doesn't remember why. All she can remember is a tea party long ago; long ears and blood. Until one night she escapes, free to uncover the truth about what happened to her all those years ago.
HATTER M. Volume 1 – FAR FROM WONDER by Frank Beddor
By order of Queen Genevieve, Hatter Madigan, the Royal bodyguard, flees Wonderland with the princess, Alyss Heart, but when he loses Alyss in an alternate reality he embarks on thirteen year quest to rescue her, and bring her back to the Wonderland realm.
ALICE I HAVE BEEN by Melanie Benjamin
Octogenarian Alice, who as a child inspired Lewis Carroll's famous Wonderland character, looks back on a life marked by an implacable mother, her halcyon days in Oxford, and the sons who went off to war.
AFTER ALICE by Gregory Maguire
In this brilliant new work of fiction, Gregory Maguire turns his dazzling imagination to the question of underworlds, undergrounds, underpinnings--and understandings old and new, offering an inventive spin on Carroll's enduring tale.
CORALINE by Neil Gaiman
Looking for excitement, Coraline ventures through a mysterious door into a world that is similar yet disturbingly different from her own, a world where she must challenge a gruesome entity in order to save herself, her parents, and the souls of three others.

DVDs:

PAN’S LABYRINTH (DVD)
Powerless and lonely in a place of great danger, Ofelia lives out her own dark fable as she confronts monsters both otherworldly and human after she discovers a neglected labyrinth behind the family home.

Current Play:

Alice in Wonderland, by Brainerd Duffield from Lewis Carroll’s Story

Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast!

When young Alice follows a talking rabbit down the rabbit hole her world turns upside down as she enters the fantastic Wonderland! Meeting the classic characters made legendary by Lewis Carroll’s series of books and including the Mad Hatter, The Cheshire Cat, and The Queen of Hearts, this wacky and absurd tale of her journey is one that will be adored by people of all ages! This live stage adaptation is a visual adventure that is not to be missed!

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