Bandersnatch is an inspiring new book that tells how C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and the Inklings challenged and encouraged one another to accomplish great things. Written by award-winning author Diana Pavlac Glyer, it was published in January 2016 and is currently available in paperback and eBook formats. Now we are raising funds to cover the expense of recording a professional-quality Audiobook, narrated by Dr. Michael Ward. Bandersnatch goes AUDIO!!
When people hear that C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien were great friends, they often wish that they could somehow take a seat at the table and listen in as they talked about books, planned new projects, and critiqued manuscripts-in-progress. Diana Pavlac Glyer’s new book Bandersnatch lets you do just that. Bandersnatch shows what happened when these authors met, and more: she identifies the key traits that made the Inklings a great community of creative friends and then describes practical steps that can help anyone put their strategies into practice.
Bandersnatch has been breaking records and inspiring all kinds of new creative projects. One reviewer said the book “delighted, entertained, and encouraged me.” Another simply exclaimed, “Glory upon glory!” You can read more reviews at Amazon and Goodreads. You can learn more about Bandersnatch at www.BandersnatchBook.com.
At this point, Bandersnatch is available as a paperback book or for download on your Kindle or Nook. But for many creative and busy people, Audiobooks are the best way to to read – it's easy to listen in the car, at home, on a walk, in the studio. We are excited to have one of the world’s foremost C.S. Lewis scholars, Dr. Michael Ward, narrate the Audiobook of Bandersnatch. We want to create a high-quality recording so that readers can download the book and listen to it anywhere.
Dr. Diana Pavlac Glyer is a teacher, speaker, and award-winning writer whose life’s work has been studying the Inklings and describing what made them great. Her book The Company They Keep: C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien as Writers in Community (2007) changed the way we talk about these writers. You can learn more about her at her website or her author page on Amazon.
And Dr. Ward?Dr Michael Ward is the author of Planet Narnia (2008) and co-editor of C. S. Lewis at Poets' Corner (2016) and The Cambridge Companion to C. S. Lewis (2010). He serves as Senior Research Fellow at Blackfriars Hall in the University of Oxford and as Professor of Apologetics at Houston Baptist University, Texas. He studied at the universities of Oxford, Cambridge, and St Andrews, and has been an extra in several films, including Shadowlands, Hamlet, and the James Bond classic The World Is Not Enough. While a student at Cambridge, he won the University’s prize for public recitation and he has recorded a number of Audiobooks for the blind as part of Oxford University’s services for disabled people. In preparing to narrate Bandersnatch, he brings a keen understanding of C.S. Lewis, the Inklings, and all of the places that they loved. And how appropriate to have the British accent of an Oxford professor narrate this book! You can learn more about Michael Ward at his website or his author page on Amazon. To hear his voice and get a sense of his approach, we recommend this interview hosted by Eric Metaxas.
Why a Kickstarter?
Our contract with the publisher (Black Squirrel Books, an imprint of Kent State University Press) specifies that they are in charge of the print and eBook editions of Bandersnatch, but the author is responsible for creating (and paying for) the Audiobook. Bandersnatch is a book about the power of collaboration. If the dream of having an Audiobook is going to come true, we are going to have to tap into the power of creative collaboration and call on the community to help us make this dream a reality.
What will my money be used for?
Recording a professional-quality Audiobook to Audible’s exact standards is time-consuming and demanding. And surprisingly expensive. That’s why we need your help. We’ve started the process, and our costs include the sound engineer, recording equipment, studio space, narrator, and more. Hours and hours of commitment by skilled experts, artists, and technicians. Even creating video and paying for the Kickstarter incentives figure in to our overall budget. Your contribution toward our funding goal and our stretch goals will make sure that all our costs are covered and all the work is done at the highest levels of quality and care.
How can I help?
Your support of this Kickstarter will turn our dream into reality. Supporters will be the first to receive their own copy of the complete Audiobook of Bandersnatch. Other great incentives are available, too, including signed and numbered art prints of select Bandersnatch illustrations by James A. Owen, autographed copies of the book, and special packages designed for small groups who want to take their collaboration to the next level.
Anything else I should know?
Bandersnatch is a book about the Inklings: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and their circle. But it’s not just for fans of The Hobbit or Narnia. The heartbeat of Bandersnatch is best expressed in a quote from anthropologist Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” Kickstarter and Bandersnatch both believe that when we work together, we can do amazing things.
Wait! Did somebody say "STRETCH GOALS"?
Only a few more days to go on the "Bandersnatch Goes AUDIO!!" Kickstarter. Only a few days left to support creative collaboration and contribute to the costs of having Michael Ward narrate the story of the Inklings and their creative genius. Kickstarter is all about helping artists make dreams come true. So we're dreaming even bigger and setting some stretch goals. Here's what's in store:
$5,650: DR. WARD and the JABBERWOCK: If we reach this stretch goal and get $5,650 in total pledges, we’ll pester Dr. Michael Ward just a little bit more. We’ll put him in front of the camera and listen as he reads Lewis Carroll’s “Jabberwocky.” Wait till you hear how this guy says "BANDERSNATCH!" Oh, this will be good. Please: Let’s make this happen!!
$5,900: THE AUTHOR AS ARTIST: Sure, James A. Owen can draw a bandersnatch. In fact, James is so talented that he can probably draw a bandersnatch with his eyes closed. But can Diana draw one? Let’s put it to the test! If we reach this stretch goal, Diana Pavlac Glyer will have 20 minutes to draw a bandersnatch. And no matter how awful and embarrassing the result turns out, you will get a digital download. (Hmm. Material for blackmail, if nothing else...).
$6,400: Okay. NOW I’M CURIOUS: Can James A. Owen really draw a bandersnatch blindfolded? That could be fun. If we reach this stretch goal, we’ll make James draw a bandersnatch BLINDFOLDED. Might even videotape it on my iPhone. And once again, every backer at every level of support will get a digital download.
If we reach $7,000 in total support: A READING BY THE AUTHOR: A downloadable audio file of Diana Pavlac Glyer reading Chapter One of Bandersnatch. Every backer will get this download as a token of our thanks.
$8,000: DISCUSSION GUIDE: A complete eBook discussion guide for Bandersnatch with background information, study questions, and specific suggestions for getting the most out of this book. Use it in your classroom, writers group, book club, small group, Sunday school, or other gathering. Use it to spark creative conversations in person, online, around the dinner table, or as part of your blog or podcast. Or simply use it as a helpful guide for journaling to enrich your own creative journey. Want to nourish your own big dreams? Help us reach this stretch goal.
$10,000: THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM: We’ll solicit your questions, and then we will hire a professional videographer to tape an interview with Diana Pavlac Glyer and James A. Owen talking about art, collaboration, the Inklings, writing books, being friends, staying creative, working together, and, of course, determining once and for all which one of them is the real Bandersnatch.
Risks and challenges
Recording an Audiobook should be pretty straightforward, right? But it's true: Problems do crop up (technological difficulties, static, interruptions, delays, and so on). And if they do, we may need to schedule additional recording sessions and we may require more editing time from our sound engineer. If we meet our funding goal, we will have enough to cover most of our anticipated expenses. If we meet our stretch goals, we will have enough to cover all of our expenses, including any additional recording time and necessary tech support.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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