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A new production titled Bloomsbury/It’s Not Real operates on the premise that Ottoline Morrell functioned like a reality show host at the parties she gave for the Bloomsbury Group back in the 1920s. That is just one Woolf sighting, #23, this week. Scroll down for 38 more, including #36, one sure to please Alice Lowe because it mentions a Woolf reference in Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir Are You My Mother?

Performers playing 20th-century intellectuals in the 13th Floor Dance Theater’s premiere of “Bloomsbury/It’s Not Real."more.

  1. ‘The Raven’ joins the write crowd, Fort Worth Star Telegram
    Along with such intellectuals as economist John Maynard Keynes and novelist EM Forster, Virginia Woolf belonged to the Bloomsbury Set, a group of artistic types who got together on a regular basis in and around Bloomsbury, London, during the first half
  2. Brit DVD Reviews: In Their Own Words – From Acorn / Athena – History, Anglotopia.net
    The novelists covered in the first set include: Virginia Woolf, JRR Tolkien, Aldous Huxley, George Orwell, Graham Greene, Salman Rushie, Martin Amis, Evenlyn Waugh, Doris Lessing and a few others. The second set focuses on Britain Great Thinkers.
  3. Dominick Argento: A career filled with high notes, Washington Post
    It also offers some of his signature monodramas, such as “A Water Bird Talk,” in which a lecturer begins revealing all kinds of personal things, and “From the Diary of Virginia Woolf,” a song cycle that won the Pulitzer Prize for music in 1975.
  4. Demanding Truth and Beauty from our Artists, Huffington Post
    I hear echoes of Zora Neale Hurston’s struggle with the “niggerati” in this sentiment, along with British writer’s Virginia Woolf’s assessment of the limitations of Jane Eyre’s author Charlotte Bronte: “She will write in a rage where she should write
  5. A Point of View: In defence of obscure words, BBC News
    Virginia Woolf objected to Joyce’s Ulysses on the grounds of its being prurient, not because it contained such tropes as “ineluctable modality of the visible”, while because Joyce himself refused to alter a single line in his short story Ivy Day in the
  6. Interest in Australia’s birdlife takes flight, The Australian
    For modern bird appreciators, Burke has Karen Blixen and that limp grey pigeon, Virginia Woolf. It is a telling token of the state of things: the sounds of the magpie and kurrawong enfold us in the green suburbs of the cities, but the birds themselves
  7. Sherlock site to publish book of fans’ Holmes stories, Radio Times
    He wrote several books there, among them Sherlock Holmes adventures, and entertained literary contemporaries, including Bram Stoker, JM Barrie and Virginia Woolf. Sherlock’s Home: The Empty House will be published on Tuesday 23 May, the day of a High
  8. Invisible Ink: No 120, Elizabeth Jenkins, The Independent
    Initially accepted into Virginia Woolf’s circle, she soon found herself shunned by its notoriously fickle members, and never forgave Woolf. Jenkins said: “She was cruel, appalling. Leonard [Woolf] was an angel, but it was partly his fault that she was
  9. San Francisco Giants: Why Isn’t Belt Starting Ballgames?, Bleacher Report
    As Virginia Woolf illustrates in her essay about writing called “A Room of One’s Own”, there is a clear distinction between writing in the “red light of emotion” versus “the white light of truth” and that distinction does not advise the former.
  10. Return of miller moths best appreciated from porch, Clovis News Journal
    “It was as if someone had taken a tiny bead of pure life and decking it as lightly as possible with down and feathers, had set it dancing and zig-zagging to show us the true nature of life,” said Virginia Woolf. Granted, while Woolf only observed one
  11. Celebrating William Shakespeare’s Birthday with Office Boutique, PR.com (press release)
    Other great writers featured include Jane Austen, Oscar Wilde, Virginia Woolf and Arthur Conan Doyle. Quotations from these great writers are still relevant today in business and office life. “Nothing is good or bad, but thinking makes it so” by
  12. Steven Fales: A Gay Mormon Boy Grows Up, Huffington Post
    I like what Virginia Woolf said, basically, “You can’t tell someone else’s story until you can tell your own.” All we have to change the world is our own story. The Mormon Boy Trilogy is being performed in Los Angeles, Calif., Thursday,
  13. A Trailer Arrives for Short Story Collection Shadows: Supernatural Tales by , Dread Central
    The authors include: Virginia Woolf, DH Lawrence, EM Forster, Edith Wharton, Willa Cather, Henry James, Algernon Blackwood, Oliver Onions, Montague Rhodes James, and more. Shadows : Supernatural Tales by Masters of Modern Literature.
  14. AL Kennedy’s Art and Madness, Radio Times
    Van Gogh and Virginia Woolf could not work when they were experiencing a psychotic episode, and Sylvia Plath was probably pushed to the brink by wrongly prescribed medication. As the programme reveals, making art can be profoundly therapeutic,
  15. Shelf Lives, Bwog
    Person 2: Lunch with W. Somerset Maugham, sex with Italo Calvino or Virginia Woolf (or both?!?!?!). Person 3: Thomas Pynchon and Cervantes would both make for good lunches, I think. And Shakespeare. As for sex, probably Sylvia Plath.
  16. Talk about the Bloomsbury Set…, Retford Today
    An energetic group of English writers, intellectuals and artists, it including Vanessa Bell, Virginia Woolf and Duncan Grant, they were instrumental in forming the first Arts Council. The next meeting is 3rd May when Nina Levick will speak on Hogarth:
  17. Jim McClure: Pulitizer Prize winners have York ties, York Daily Record
    Dominick Argento: The York native won for music in 1975 for “From the Diary of Virginia Woolf.” Frederick Woltman: The native Yorker captured the prize in 1947 for reporting on “The Infiltration of Communism into the United States.
  18. Susan Gubar’s Closing Chapters, Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription)
    “Motivated by a desire to tackle a writing problem that Virginia Woolf believed the literary women of her generation had failed to solve—telling the truth about the experiences of the female body—I sought to record precisely what I could not or would
  19. On the scene: SFIFF, week one!, San Francisco Bay Guardian
    Following an abortive, Virginia Woolf-esque suicide attempt during evening leave from his rehab center, recovering addict Anders visits Oslo for a job interview. He reconnects bittersweetly with an old friend, tries and fails to meet up with his sister
  20. IPFW prof visits Chile; 2012-13 theater season announced, News Sentinel
    “Orlando,” the stage adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s novel by award-winning playwright Sarah Ruhl, is a witty, clever, gender-bending, period-hopping play according to New York Magazine. Preserving Woolf’s vital ideas and lyrical tone, Ruhl brings to
  21. Peabody composer Puts wins Pulitzer Prize for ‘Silent Night’, The JHU Gazette
    “Kevin Puts joins a distinguished company of Pulitzer Prize winners, including Aaron Copland in 1945 for Appalachian Spring and Peabody alumnus Dominick Argento in 1975 for From the Diary of Virginia Woolf,” said Jeffrey Sharkey, director of the
  22. French director to visit city, Hurriyet Daily News (press release)
    Daumas has directed plays by Paul Claudel and Jean Genet, as well as a theatrical adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s “The Waves.” In 2010 he directed Michel Fau at the Theatre Rond-Point in Paris, France.
  23. ‘Bloomsbury/It’s Not Real’ gets reality-show treatment, San Francisco Examiner
    “It’s a little bit like a rap battle,” Jenny McAllister coaches Erin Stuart and Blane Ashby as they prepare to act out a “poetry match” between 20th-century writers Virginia Woolf and Lytton Strachey. Stuart and Ashby are two of 10 performers in 13th ..
  24. VIDEO: San Diego Women’s Chorus gears up for 25th anniversary “Heart & Harmony , San Diego Gay & Lesbian News
    Song selections include the Indigo Girls’ homage to a groundbreaking feminist author in “Virginia Woolf,” gospel spiritual “Take Me to the Water,” Lady Gaga’s anthem to authenticity, “Born This Way” as well as pieces by incredible feminist artists such
  25. Melville House, The Atlantic
    The Brooklyn-based press offers 47—and counting—novellas from writers like Cervantes, Jane Austen, Anton Chekhov, Joseph Conrad, Mark Twain, and Virginia Woolf. Specifically drawing attention to the novella’s brevity, diversity, and lineage of
  26. Desert Island Books: Sebastian Faulks, The National
    Certainly, Virginia Woolf thought so; maybe that’s why she drowned herself. Some parts you need to hurry through, but there are many passages so perfect that you want to stop everyone in the street and read out sentences. For a desert island it would
  27. As Consciousness is Harnessed to Flesh by Susan Sontag: review, Telegraph.co.uk
    It may well be that Sontag’s diaries, like Virginia Woolf’s (which she knew and admired) will come to be seen as just as brilliant and important as anything she wrote. Susan Sontag , whose second volume of diaries is ‘ As Consciousness is Harnessed to
  28. An interview with a writer: Philip Womack, The Periscope Post
    More recently, Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf, Aldous Huxley. I’ve recently become a massive fan of the novelist Henry Green. Contemporary writers that I admire are Edward St Aubyn, HIlary Mantel, Claire Messud and Julia Leigh, amongst others.
  29. Lunchtime Classics Hosted By Waterstones., LSMedia
    Over the coming weeks, Liverpool One’s Waterstones will be hosting a series of talks about some of the literary classics of our time, including Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Elizabeth Gaskell’s Cranford and Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway.
  30. ‘Three Sisters’ shows Chekhov can be fun, Allentown Morning Call
    Ruhl’s adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s novel “Orlando” was presented last season on the Muhlenberg mainstage. “Sarah Ruhl’s elegant new translation finds a delicate balance between the original sense of the Russian, thus capturing the uniquely Russian
  31. BOOKS: An Apple a Day: A Memoir of Love and Recovery from Anorexia. By Emma Woolf, Islington Tribune newspaperwebsite
    Emma’s great aunt was the writer Virginia Woolf, and there are passages in her book about the social pressure and media imagery affecting young woman today. In an early chapter she lets fly on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing being hosted by 84-year-old
  32. The New Statesman’s rolling politics blog, New Statesman (blog)
    Opening our Spring Books special in the Critics this week, Sarah Churchwell considers the year 1922: TS Eliot and Ezra Pound published their masterpieces, while F Scott Fitzgerald and Virginia Woolf would become best known for novels set in that annus
  33. THE BLOOMSBURY HOTEL, LONDON, Irish Times
    The area was the stamping ground of the Bloomsbury Set, whose members included EM Forster and Virginia Woolf. Many publishing companies were based around here and some still are, or in nearby Farringdon and Covent Garden. The hotel is in a neo-Georgian
  34. 35% off at The City Tour, CBS Local
    Why You Should Go: If you’ve been feeling a little off lately, not 100% yourself, we (and Virginia Woolf) know why: “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” Get back to your best you with a tantalizing talking,
  35. We’re smitten with what’s written, This is Gloucestershire
    A host of events covering everything from Charles Dickens and John Donne to Emily Bronte and Virginia Woolf will be held in venues across the town. There will even be a demonstration of how to make paper from ingredients such as flowers, recycled jeans
  36. ‘Are You My Mother?’ by Alison Bechdel, New York Times
    manages to incorporate complicated and sometimes arcane references — to psychoanalysis and the theories of the pediatrician and psychiatrist Donald Winnicott, to the work of Virginia Woolf and Adrienne Rich — into a story that is gripping and funny
  37. Sex, spies and psychoanalysis in ‘Waiting for Sunrise’, Local 10
    Boyd: All these people I’ve written about, like Virginia Woolf, Picasso and Chekhov are all people I’m very intrigued by, sometimes in a good way, sometime
  38. Book dealers court the press at their peril, The Guardian (blog)
    Organised by that master prankster Horace de Vere Cole, a group of four, which included Virginia Woolf and Duncan Grant, blackened their faces, dressed up in beards and mock-authentic Arabian robes, and with the happy permission of the Foreign Office
  39. Philosopher Explores Politics in Fiction, The Emory Wheel
    to coordinate the event along with Professor of French, Philipe Bonnefis, Rancière began to discuss the rise of what he called the “modern novel,” drawing examples from various writers, such as Virginia Woolf, Honoré de Balzac and Gustave Flaubert.

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If you are anywhere near Springfield, Missouri, this week, you must pay a visit to the Springfield-Greene County Library District’s Friends of the Library book sale. Word has it that an autographed copy of a Virginia Woolf book is among the offerings. Seriously.

It is among a section of autographed copies including a large selection on Russia and Russian history donated this year by a collector and a collection of books on the British royal family.

The official sale runs 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Half-price Day ; and 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Bag Day. It is held at Remington’s facility at 1655 W. Republic Rd.

Questions? Email friends@thelibrary.org.

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Helen Southworth‘s  edited volume, Leonard and Virginia Woolf, The Hogarth Press and the Networks of Modernism, will be published in paperback at the end of this month. The price is $32.50.

The hardback version was published by Edinburgh University Press in October of 2010. Read a review.

Southworth is associate professor of literature at the University of Oregon. Her other books include:

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A mashup of Woolf sightings this week, including a bunch that refer to A Room of One’s Own, two that refer to a production of  The Odyssey with a Woolf touch (#46-47) and a warning against literary snobbery (#48).

  1. Are girls less than equal to boys?, The Hindu
    A century ago, Virginia Woolf reflected on why the Elizabethan age in England, the glorious age of English literature that inspired every other man to pen a song or sonnet, did not record a single female author? In order to show that any woman born
  2. Steve Jobs, Adrienne Rich, Mark Roth: Anger as fuel for creativity, OregonLive.com
    Virginia Woolf, author: “A Room of One’s Own,” influential 1929 essay about art and sexism concludes that women writers need an income and privacy to achieve success. Anger is everywhere. Liberals denounce conservatives. Tea Partyers rail against
  3. Hulda Klager’s lilac gardens and spirit inspire Jane Kirkpatrick’s new book , OregonLive.com
    As Virginia Woolf once wrote, “Women’s history must be invented … both uncovered and made up.” I also wanted to explore what we have in common with people from the past and allow them to step from one generation to ours to teach us and touch us with
  4. Of perfumes and high heels, Postnoon
    While I was never a bra-burning feminist from the Feminist Movements of the 19th and 20th centuries, writers such as Virginia Woolf, who are associated with the ideas of the first wave of feminism, aptly describe how men socially and psychically
  5. Women, Math, and the Addition of Stereotypes, Miller-McCune.com
    As Virginia Woolf wrote in A Room of One’s Own (and Steele and Spencer quoted in their study),“There was an enormous body of masculine opinion to the effect that nothing could be expected of women intellectually.” Do biological differences between
  6. Get reading at the St Ives Literature Festival, LateRooms.com (press release)
    St Ives has a proud literary heritage, with Virginia Woolf spending her childhood holidays in the town during the late 1800s. It is believed that Godrevy Lighthouse, located across the bay from St Ives, was the inspiration for her famous novel To the
  7. Freud, Virginia Woolf & Other Great Writers In Their Own Voice, Daily Beast
    When Virginia Woolf’s done describing a face, the words stand alone, more beautiful and canny than any actual face: “Nothing disturbed the arrowy nose in its short, tense flight; the hair was dark, the ears small, and fitted closely to the head.
  8. Collected Poems by Hope Mirrlees, The Guardian
    What this “mystical experience” might feel like, and what the “aural kaleidoscope” might look and sound like, can be seen in her long poem “Paris”, written in 1919 and published by Virginia Woolf’s Hogarth Press in 1920. Woolf called it “indecent,
  9. William Boyd: Our man in 007 land, The Independent
    a half-British, half-Uruguayan writer who publishes a best-selling novel in his twenties and spends 80-odd years with writer’s block meeting key figures from the literary century: TS Eliot, Virginia Woolf, Evelyn Waugh, Hemingway, Martha Gellhorn.
  10. The man with the big ideas, Financial Times
    He wrote about William James and reductionism, and Virginia Woolf’s relationship to psychology. “I never really could leave science behind,” he says. “I thought if I can’t be a scientist, maybe I can be a science writer. I can hang out with scientists.
  11. Hugh Cecil Lowther, 5th Earl of Lonsdale, Express.co.uk
    He owned 2000 costumes and liked to materialise silently from one of the house’s dark corners in the hope of spooking friends such as John Betjeman, Virginia Woolf and Graham Greene. When entertaining or dining alone a pair of bread ovens provided the
  12. Madness Ain’t All It’s Cracked Up to Be, Wired News
    The long walks during which Virginia Woolf half-consciously wrought her characters and stories — walks in which insights were often found more than created — fed her art as essentially as did the long mornings in which she sat in her armchair penning
  13. Four Indie DVDs, North Coast Journal
    From Bertrand Russell to Virginia Woolf, on through to JRR Tolkein and Salman Rushdie, the works of great thinkers serve to illuminate the broader culture climates that produced them. This excellent six-part series serves as a crash course on the
  14. Gut-wrenching ‘Kevin’ bound to evoke dialogue about nature versus nurture, Columbia Daily Tribune
    I’ve been a fan since her breakthrough role in Sally Potter’s curious, multilayered adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s “Orlando” in 1992. I consider this one of her all-time best performances and was floored when she was not even nominated for Best Actress
  15. An Unexpected Guest, Entertainment Weekly
    Virginia Woolf believed that ordinary decisions matter so much that it’s ”very dangerous to live even one day.” This promising debut novel, a political thriller inspired by Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, takes that warning literally.
  16. We Can’t All Be Shakespeare–And That’s OK, Fox Business
    Not every writer is William Shakespeare or Virginia Woolf. Not every photographer is Annie Liebowitz or Ansel Adams. Not every painter is Renoir or Van Gogh. The reason this is important is because in my coaching experience, I find this is something
  17. Women’s Library campaign gathers steam, The Guardian
    Today based in London’s Aldgate, its collection ranges from scholarly works on women’s history and feminism to press cuttings, pamphlets and literature, including first editions of works by Mary Wollstonecraft, Virginia Woolf and the Brontës.
  18. Edith Wharton: A Writer’s Reflections, The Millions
    Virginia Woolf once said, “We think back through our mothers, if we are women.” This is also true for those of us who are not only women, but writers. Edith Wharton is one of my mothers, and for that I am grateful. Talk given at the opening of the
  19. The Love Songs of F. Scott Fitzgerald, OUPblog (blog)
    kind[s] of voice in which [those types are] spoken” in descriptions of various romantic gestures (first glances, kissing, coitus itself) appearing in authors as diverse as John Ruskin, George Eliot, Thomas Hardy, DH Lawrence, and Virginia Woolf.
  20. Carla Carlisle on the brilliant Dorothy L.Sayers, Country Life (blog)
    Contemplating the wines, I feel like a time traveller who’s entered the opening pages of Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own, when she describes a lavis
  21. A Room of Everyone’s Own: The Writer as Public Fixture, The Millions
    Virginia Woolf, who also knew from solitude, even went as far as to write that a marginalized individual could only contribute quality literature to the world by first having A Room of One’s Own. These days, many of our most prominent writers seem to
  22. Per Diem: Old-School Food in the FiDi, SF Weekly (blog)
    Homey details abound: shelves of old books, a table which is really a backgammon board, and an antique (and fully operational) typewriter, from which a sheet of paper emerges emblazoned with a Virginia Woolf quote: “One cannot think well, love well,
  23. Architects who put their stamp on the Post Office, The Guardian
    More or less bisexual people: Shakespeare, Lord Olivier, Dame Daphne du Maurier, Alexander the Great, Virginia Woolf, Mary Wollstonecraft, David Bowie. Then there is that treacherous category, “never married”: Admiral Robert Blake, Marea Hartman,
  24. Lunch with BS: Amit Chaudhuri, Business Standard
    “And we will elide the fact that people like Tagore or Qurratulain Hyder may have been responding to Shelley or Elizabeth Bowen or Virginia Woolf — a network of reading and cross-fertilisation that has formed us over the last 200 years.
  25. Nilanjana S Roy A charpai of her own, Business Standard
    But what struck me was the space that Ismat occupied — small but absolute, a charpai of her own, in answer to Virginia Woolf’s dictum that a woman writer must have a room of her own. The 14 chapters collected in Ismat’s memoirs, Kaghazi hai Pairahan,
  26. Beware Literary Snobbery: Why We Should Read Bestsellers, Wall Street Journal (blog)
    I had evolved from an avid but indiscriminate reader devoted to science fiction and mysteries to a professor of literature who regularly taught “Gravity’s Rainbow” and “Giles Goatboy,” and the novels of Faulkner and Virginia Woolf.
  27. Assisting hands, Easter blessings, The Times and Democrat
    English author Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) writes about humankind in the survival mode: “You cannot find peace by avoiding life.” Be especially aware of hunger and its negative impact. Some people are hungry and need assistance. 1.
  28. Music, Poetry Pulitzer Winners Have Minnesota Ties, HispanicBusiness.com
    It’s not the first time that a Twin Cities arts organization has commissioned a Pulitzer winner: The Schubert Club commissioned Dominick Argento’s song cycle, “From the Diary of Virginia Woolf,” which won the 1975 music prize after being premiered at
  29. “God Bless David Bowie,” and Let’s Still Save Publishing: A First-Timer’s , Library Journal
    In closing, the image of a lovely door on a Georgian terrace in Bloomsbury, just a stone’s throw from Virginia Woolf’s Tavistock Square. Call it the phantom tollbooth to the future of publishing, just don’t call me late to a dinner of toad in the hole.
  30. The Realism of Idealism, Cornell University The Cornell Daily Sun
    On the ride home after an especially disastrous semester densely populated with existential crises, I watched Virginia Woolf (exquisitely played by Nicole Kidman in The Hours) walk into a river, her pockets heavy with pebbles.
  31. Humor & Satire | Mr. Bouchard’s guide to succeeding at room draw, The Miscellany News
    According to my freshman writing seminar’s discussion of Virginia Woolf, it could be any place that we feel comfortable enough to produce work or confront our private-most thoughts. And if that’s the case, or at least the case you’re willing to argue,
  32. Jane Schaberg, Feminist Theologian, Has Died, Patheos (blog)
    And she considered Virginia Woolf to be her greatest mentor. Jane Schaberg was actually a thorough researcher, a compelling writer, and a popular teacher, even though she often strayed far from Catholic teaching on matters that interested her.
  33. IN THEIR OWN WORDS (DVD), Film Threat
    Along the way, we hear from a wide range of writers, including a rare audio recording of Virginia Woolf and a bit of JRR Tolkien reading a piece in Elvish. Graham Greene allowed BBC cameras to accompany him on a train trip but refused to show his face.
  34. Cleese propels Spud to big time, NEWS.com.au
    “There were certain writers – it’s all a question of taste – like Virginia Woolf and Henry James who never much appealed to me, and in the very first scenes he makes a couple of insulting references to them and I immediately thought, ‘I like this guy’.
  35. VIDEO: ‘Sex, Race and Class’ — Extended Interview with Selma James on Her Six , Democracy Now (blog)
    He met Virginia Woolf. He met a number of people who were prominent in the UK more than in the US And he went to England. He returned to England. He had been there before. He had always earned his living as a cricket journalist, among other things.
  36. San Francisco Bay Guardian, San Francisco Bay Guardian
    Robert Macfarlane, and Tacita Dean, though Gee succumbs to the spectacle of Google Earth mapping of the novel and some decidedly sub-Sebaldian spiritualism. Still, hearing the author speak his own mind on Virginia Woolf’s moth and the phenomenology
  37. Isle of Skye, fresh air, and beautiful highlands, Daily Californian
    By Alex Matthews | Staff Freshman year, back when I thought I was an English major, I took English 45C and had to read “To the Lighthouse” by Virginia Woolf. One of the themes I remember our professor teaching us was the concept of the sublime:
  38. Meet the Staff at Highbrow Magazine: Q&A With Writer Rachael Jennings, Highbrow Magazine
    My unchangeable all-time favorite writers are Joan Didion, Virginia Woolf, Jonathan Safran Foer, Nicole Krauss, James Joyce, Henrich Ibsen, Gustave Flaubert and Anton Chekhov. Joan Didion makes a double appearance as my favorite journalist.
  39. Anne Enright’s ‘Making Babies’: At times pleasing, at times troubling, Washington Post
    And — invoking Virginia Woolf — “no rocks.” What’s the implication here? That babies are lifesavers? What is the purpose? To establish her motivation if, in a few years, the worst occurs? To establish a niche in a certain literary pantheon?
  40. An interview with National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward, Los Angeles Times (blog)
    We were reading Faulkner, reading Virginia Woolf, reading James Joyce, reading Hemingway, reading Ford, reading Malcolm Lowry, and attempting to mimic their styles. Write our own work, these exercises, then mimic their prose styles.
  41. Stop Hating, Start Teaching, Huffington Post
    I also have courses on the Canterbury Tales, Postcolonial Literature, Virginia Woolf, Shakespeare, and Literary Theory. My degree prepared me to teach English as a literature class, not a literacy class. I have no formal background in literacy,
  42. Female artists emerge in ‘Shakespeare’s Sisters,’ ‘Royalists and Romantics’, Washington Times
    That was after the author Virginia Woolf raised the issue of female writers in Shakespearean England in her book “A Room of One’s Own” in 1929. In the book, she imagined that Shakespeare had a sister (hence the Folger exhibit’s title), Judith,
  43. Commencement speaker dampens alumna’s spirit, The Collegian — University of Richmond
    Westhampton College offers UR women something that Virginia Woolf might deem “a room of their own,” a place for support tailored to women and increased leadership opportunities, among other things. McDonnell, on the other hand, has actively worked to
  44. Talk to fine arts society, Doncaster Today
    An enormously energetic group of English writers, intellectuals and artists, their best known members included Vanessa Bell, her sister Virginia Woolf, Duncan Grant, John Maynard Keynes, EM Forster and Lytton Strachey. Their work and modern attitudes
  45. University of Maryland Celebrates Dominick Argento With Week-Long Series, Baltimore City Paper (blog)
    Argento won the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1975 for his song cycle From the Diary of Virginia Woolf. He also won a Grammy in 2004 for Von Stade’s recording of his song cycle Casa Guidi. Mabbs said she and professor Leon Major decided that Argento’s
  46. The Core No More, Bwog
    D: The general idea is The Odyssey plus Virginia Woolf in a blender. So there’s a loose 1920s setting with Odysseus as a shell-shocked WW1 soldier and his adventures as hallucinations. For the first part, the audience can choose what to follow.
  47. Forewarned is Fore(20)armed, Bwog
    The Odyssey: In a performance that promises to be a trip and a half, the journey of the Odyssey crossed with Virginia Woolf will start at 8 pm in the Hamilton lobby. It will be on at the same time on Saturday. Bacchanal’s Space Jam Screening: Following
  48. Beware Literary Snobbery: Why We Should Read Bestsellers, Wall Street Journal (blog)
    I had evolved from an avid but indiscriminate reader devoted to science fiction and mysteries to a professor of literature who regularly taught “Gravity’s Rainbow” and “Giles Goatboy,” and the novels of Faulkner and Virginia Woolf.

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Bitch magazine has taken on Virginia Woolf. Well, not the real Woolf. And not exactly “taken on.” But the feminist magazine has published an online review of Alexandra Harris’s biography of Woolf.

In the publication’s “BiblioBitch” column, writer Katie Presley calls the Harris biography “bold” for presenting Woolf’s work and life in just 10 short chapters totaling 192 pages. Read the full review: “BiblioBitch: `Virginia Woolf,’ Abridged and Alluring.”

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Just saw this exciting news on Facebook: Anne Fernald will be one of several writers and public figures who will speak about favorite Virginia Woolf novel To the Lighthouse on April 24 at 7 p.m. at McNally Jackson, 52 Prince St. in New York City.

The event is billed as part book club, part lecture, part show and part social occasion. Read more at Ask Me About…To The Lighthouse | McNally Jackson Books.

Fernald is associate professor and director of writing and composition and writing at Fordham University. She blogs at Fernham. She is the author of Virginia Woolf: Feminism and the Reader (Palgrave 2006) and recently completed a new annotated Cambridge edition of Mrs. Dalloway.

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When Paula posts her weekly sightings, I’m amazed and overwhelmed as I skim through them. My eyes skip past anything that mentions Nicole Kidman, a certain play by Edward Albee, or the latest from some obscure (to me) pop singer or rock group. I pick and click casually, on the lookout for any hint of a Woolf appearance in contemporary fiction. Our blogmeister slips them in there, I know, to keep me on my toes.

Last week was no exception, and in “Fifty-six in 10 days” I hit the jackpot at number 10, a review of In-Flight Entertainment, a collection of short stories by Helen Simpson. I’ve read Simpson’s stories in The New Yorker, and I know that she’s an eclectic author, writing winsome love stories, hilarious farces and, most recently, an horrific futuristic tale. And now Woolf? My library branch hunted down this latest volume, Simpson’s fifth.

In “Festival of the Immortals,” famous authors—but only those out of copyright—give readings and discuss their work at an annual conference. On a break before Charlotte Bronte is to read from Villette, two women “in the November of their lives” chat in the tea line and discover that they’re old school friends.

Phyllis recalls, “The first time I saw you, we were in the canteen. You were reading The Waves and I thought, Ah, a kindred spirit.” Viv responds: “I still do dip into The Waves every so often. It’s as good as having a house by the sea, don’t you think? Especially as you get older. Oh, I wonder if she’s on later, Virginia; I’d love to go to one of her readings.” But Phyllis reminds her that Woolf isn’t out of copyright for another five years because of changes in copyright law.

They tell each other about their lives in the intervening years, and Viv remarks that, “It’s not in the books we’re read, is it, how things have been for us. There’s only Mrs. Ramsey, really, and she’s hardly typical.”

Thanks, Paula, for pointing me to this book. I recommend the collection–other standouts here were “Channel 17” and the very moving “Charm for a Friend with a Lump”– and I plan to read more of Helen Simpson.

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