The calendar may say that Virginia Woolf is 127 years old today, but many of you who commented here and emailed me today have confirmed that she is indeed timeless. Thank you all for your thoughtful, wonderful responses to today's party invitation. But... at the end of the day the prize settles on one lucky person - Sara from Libromancy. The rest of us will consider our contributions to be like flowers that Clarissa may have picked for the celebration.
What came across in emails and comments today is a great love and respect for Woolf's gift. It makes me wish we could have a great shared read of some of her works. Hmmmm... But for now, some very lovely people would like for you to know three things:
- Many of Woolf's works are available to download from iTunes for very reasonable prices - high quality sound (beware the free alternative) and unabridged for those of you who really want more Woolf but need to get beyond the uber-serious intimidation factor.
- An April 29, 1937 BBC interview with Woolf (Virginia Woolf Gives a Eulogy to Words) is available to download from the BBC website.
- Don't miss the 2009 Woolf and the City Conference this June 4-7 at Fordham University in New York. Check out the site for details including a call for papers. If you have never had the opportunity to attend a literary conference before and are a Woolf devotee, please consider this if for no other reason than to hear the great speakers.
Update, Monday 1/26: Browsing my referring addresses this morning, I came across a real find - Blogging Woolf, a site completely dedicated to the author. Warning: Allow yourself some time here. Awesome array of links and info.