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Gower Street Waterstones

About 25 Virginia Woolf fans gathered at Gower Street Waterstones this afternoon to talk about ”Woolf, Walking & Writing” in advance of the official #DallowayDay this Wednesday.

The walk

The bookstore and the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain sponsored the event, which began with an hour-long tour of Bloomsbury guided by Jean Moorcroft Wilson, author of Virginia Woolf’s London.

Jean began the walk with the suggestion that we think about it as a shopping expedition, one Woolf would have taken in her day. She then led us around the Bloomsbury squares where Woolf and other Bloomsbury Group members lived, putting each in context by adding quotes from Woolf’s diaries and references to her 1925 novel Mrs. Dalloway.

The talks

Back at the shop, the event included a panel discussion about writing with two writers — Francesca Wade and Farah Ahamed. Wade is writing a book about interwar women and Mecklenburgh Square and Ahamed writes fiction and essays.

The event concluded with wine and a presentation about Woolf’s photographs by Maggie Humm, author of Snapshots of Bloomsbury.

Here are some photos from the day.

The Woolf crowd gathers at Waterstones for the tour led by Jean Moorcroft Wilson.

Jean Moorcroft Wilson on the doorstep of 46 Gordon Square, Woolf’s first Bloomsbury home.

Our next stop was the Tavistock Hotel, where this blue plaque honoring Virginia and Leonard Woolf was installed this spring. The hotel is located on the site of their former home at 52 Tavistock Square, which was destroyed in World War II.

At Waterstones, ready for the #DallowayDay talks

A display of books by and about Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group available at the shop.

Panel discussion on Woolf and writing with M.L. Banting, Farah Ahamed and Francesca Wade.

Maggie Humm talks about Woolf’s photography and how it relates to her writing.

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This week in Woolf sightings, we have the essay, as Woolf wrote it, described as the art form of the future (5); art, as Woolf called it, thought of as a form of fishing (7), and fiction, as Woolf tells it, spun as a spider’s web (8). Oh, and we also have Virginia Woolf and Britney Spears in almost the same sentence (1). Seriously.

Britney Spears

Britney Spears (Photo credit: steven.ishiwara)

  1. WHAT!? Britney Spears Could Be Writing The Next Great Novel (DETAILS)Global Grind
    Virginia Woolf, Flannery O’ Conner, Toni Morrison and J.K. Rowling, move over and make room for the next great female novelist. PHOTOS: Britney Spears’ Lucky Magazine Cover Is Causing Some Controversy! According to TheHollywoodReporter, pop 
  2. ‘Orlando’ Steals the StageNew University Online
    Modernist author Virginia Woolf attempts to answer many of these questions in her novel “Orlando,” a tale of a young boy who lives for five centuries, changes genders once and doesn’t age past 36 years. The Claire Trevor School of the Arts had big 
  3. Who Would These 9 Famous Authors Vote For In The 2012 Election?, Huffington Post
    Who would lyricists like Virginia Woolf cast their ballots for? It’s difficult to say, but fun to speculate. In his famous essay, “Why I Write,” George Orwell said, “…no book is genuinely free from political bias. The opinion that art should have …  Read “Would Virginia have voted for Mittens? Cast your vote
  4. Justin Cronin, author of The Passage, on book two of his vampire trilogyA.V. Club
    As I started writing her, and writing her mind in her state of busy surface activity containing deep unpleasant thoughts, rather quickly, the inspiration, the literary source for this became Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway. [Laughs.] A book I loved in 
  5. issue 151 out nowE-Flux
    Energy & Rue: Brian Dillon surveys writers from Michel de Montaigne to Wayne Koestenbaum, and from Virginia Woolf to Chris Marker, and asks whether the centuries-old form of the essay could be the genre of the future. City Report: Amsterdam: To 
  6. What are London’s best museums for lovers of literature?Telegraph.co.uk
    It can feel as if he (the key London literary museums all remember men, and Virginia Woolf’s Mecklenburgh Square home was destroyed in the Blitz) has just popped around the corner for a bushel of wheat and is due back at any moment. Lovesick poet Keats 
  7. The art of Judy ChicagoThe Guardian
    “I didn’t make myself an outsider,” she says. “The art world made me an outsider. Of course, isolation is essential to the creative act. You have to be with yourself, with your ideas. Virginia Woolf talked about it as fishing: you sit on the shore, you 
  8. Through the Window, By Julian BarnesThe Independent
    As Virginia Woolf put it: “Fiction is like a spider’s web, attached ever so lightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners.” Well, Barnes is something of an arachnologist and in this anthology he has pinned down a surprising selection 
  9. From the heart Stories and secretsThe Economist
    Virginia Woolf dismisses “Ulysses”: “an illiterate, underbred book it seems to me.” Sir Noel Coward is confused by John Osborne’s “Look Back in Anger”, the celebrated play of the 1950s. “It is so full of talent and fairly well constructed but I wish I 
  10. PW Picks: The Best New Books for the Week of November 5, 2012Publishers Weekly
    This week: books from Oliver Sacks, Barbara Kingsolver, and Virginia Woolf. Plus: an outstanding graphic memoir on bipolar disorder. The Barbarous Years: The Peopling of British North America: The Conflict of Civilizations, 1600-1675 by Bernard Bailyn 
  11. USA TODAY, USA TODAY
    At home, Elinor, obsessed with her missing brother, paints his image over and over between weekend getaways to Bloomsbury hangouts where she encounters a chilly Virginia Woolf (of course, Barker’s title evokes Woolf’s 1922 novel, Jacob’s Room).
  12. Q&A: In Zadie Smith’s ‘NW,’ Some Harsh Truths About FriendshipPBS NewsHour (blog)
    When people use that, it’s kind of just a term they use for anything that looks slightly different on the page. Stream of consciousness is something like Virginia Woolf, for example, which is quite different from what I was trying to do. I just wanted 

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