By Leah Wishert
Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is coming to life on campus as the Central Texas Book Club meets for its once a semester get-together on Wednesday, April 14. at 5 p.m.
The event is being hosted by the English Honor Society, Sigma Tau Delta.
Junior English major and president of Sigma Tau Delta Rachel Yubeta said the motif of the gathering is based on a fictional character from Carroll’s novel.
“Our theme is the Mad Hatter’s tea party. People are more than welcome to wear their top hats, and we will be serving tea.”
Senior English major and vice president of Sigma Tau Delta Alex Fields said that all students are welcome to attend and should come ready in the appropriate attire.
“Any kind of hat will do. There is no discrimination. We are not exclusive; we are inclusive. Anybody can wear a hat, and anyone can participate and be a part of it.”
The presentation of the novel that is known for its appeal to both adults and children will be given by assistant professors of English Dr. Jessica Hooten and Dr. Jacky Dumas.
Yubeta emphasizes the value of discussion and interaction with other readers when delving into a novel.
Comprehending and appreciating the story comes from experiencing it with others.
“Literature is definitely a community activity. Books are meant to be talked about and read together. I think that is important,” she said.
Senior English major and treasurer of Sigma Tau Delta, Evangeline Ciupek, said the audience at the book club gatherings varies based on the circumstances.
“The amount of people that attend fluctuates depending on how much interest there is, and how many people are in the English department. If professors offer extra credit, we get a better turnout.”
Yubeta said that though the get-togethers are only once a semester, they should be taken advantage of.
This semester the meeting is in Brindley Auditorium at 5 p.m.
Fields points out that the novel is suitable for readers today.
“Alice in Wonderland is very timely,” he said.
Ciupek said the tea party will be an excellent way for students to revive excitement over the enchanting world found in Alice in Wonderland.
The fantastical story of Alice is one that many people read as children.
As adults, it is important to remember and take pleasure in such influential tales.
Cuipek said, “Especially with the movie coming out, a lot of people are rediscovering Alice in Wonderland. It’s appropriate at this time to look
back at it. The book is written excellently. It is definitely worth coming out for.”