The Greater Los Angeles Dickens Fellowship now SoCalDF


News Alert!

GLAD (Greater Los Angeles Dickens Fellowship) and GRAD (Greater Riverside Dickens Fellowship) are joining forces and merging into one combined Affiliate to be named SoCalDF (Southern California Dickens Fellowship).

A Hearty Greetings to SoCalDF, fellow Dickensians!


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Regular meeting venue: Riverside Main Library / Zoom

Chairman: Tim Clark,, 1-909-225-2834 Corresponding Secretary: Vikky Pickett,, 1-951-805-2621

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The Southern California Dickens (SoCalDF) Fellowship meets every other month to discuss a selected novel or a specific Dickensian theme. If a Guest Presentation opportunity avails, we will calendar in the between month.

We will resume Zoom meetings in January 2023. Attempts at live meetings at our beautiful downtown library have not been well-attended, so such have been suspended until enthusiasm arises. Considerations for a quarterly live meeting are ongoing.

In November we began reading and discussing the chosen novel for the 2023 Dickens Universe, A Tale of Two Cites. Wayne Batten introduced us with Book the First, chapters 1-6.

Here are our upcoming 2023 Saturday meeting dates, along with our presenter, topic, and/or chapters that will be read and discussed:

  • December (Holiday break…read the novel!)

  • January 28 (TTC, Book the 2nd, Ch. 1-12) presented by Kendall Mattern

  • February 11 Bleak Health, author Nicholas Cambridge

  • March 25 (TTC, Book the 2nd, Ch. 13-24) presented by Wayne Batten

  • May 13 (TTC, Book the 3rd, Ch. 1-15) presented by Kendall Martin

Also: Our newsletter, SoCalDF Greetings, is published prior to each meeting.

Our annual Fellowship dues are designated to support local sponsorships and charities. We have chosen the following groups to bestow Holiday gift donations and sponsorships to this year:

  1. David & Margaret Youth Family Services (local Orphanage)

  2. Operation Safehouse (abused and battered women)

  3. Riverside City Mission

  4. Salvation Army

  5. The Dickens Project (Dickens U.)

  6. Neighborhood Academic Initiative (NAI high school Lit. program at Foshay)

GLAD has merged with GRAD and we are now the Southern California Dickens Fellowship. Read the most recent issue of our new newsletter, SoCalDF Greetings which is now posted on the London Central Site under our new Branch name to learn more about our new joint group. We meet bimonthly and are now reading Tale of Two Cities which was written in a format of three "Books." There will be a presentation on the Tale of Two Cities, Book the Second, Chapters 1-12 at at our Zoom meeting coming up January 28, 2023. We rely on the wonderful Charles Dickens canon .

For more information, please contact our

Honorary Chairman: Tim Clark

Enjoy our site and be sure to explore our links at the top of the page. We welcome you.

Future Meetings:

January 28, 2023

Tale of Two Cities, Book the Second, Chapters 1-12 presented by Kendall Mattern