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Happy Bloomsday 2010

jamesjoyce.pngWe’d like to wish everybody a very happy Bloomsday, the day the literary world remembers Leopold Bloom’s fictional journey across Dublin in James Joyce‘s masterpiece, Ulysses. Below, we’ve included a few resources Joyce fans–add other events (both online and off) in the comments section.

Over at the Literature Network, you can search all of the novel to find your favorite passages.

Re:Joyce–”Bestselling author and former BBC broadcaster Frank Delaney is launching ‘Re:Joyce,’ a spirited weekly podcast on James Joyce’s ‘Ulysses.’ Each segment will feature Delaney taking a short passage from Ulysses and exploring its multitude of references with insight, eloquence, and passion–as well as a good dose of humor.”

Tablet Magazine Celebrates Ulysses at Solas in New York City: “Joshua Cohen and Ben Greenman, will be reading. We will also have a pageant quickly summarizing/acting out the novel (a Ulysses-spiel, if you will). Two actors from the New Yiddish Repertory Theater will be acting out a brief scene that has been translated into the language of Bloom’s ancestors. And Alicia Jo Rabins, of the indie band Girls in Trouble, will be singing an original, specially commissioned song about Bloom’s wife, Molly.”

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April Fools’ Day Publishing News

bradm23.pngWhile GalleyCat was buried under news about agency models, eBooks, and Amazon, the rest of the publishing world played April Fools’ Day gags. Here are a few of our favorites. Add links to your favorites in the comments section.

Blogger Edward Champion spotted a piece of literary news: “With both literary journals facing financial difficulties in a tough economy, incoming Paris Review editor Lorin Stein announced this morning that his quarterly would be merging with Granta to form a new publication called The Grantaris Review.”

Techland had mashup news: “Quirk Books, publisher of Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, has announced another foray into the field of classic literature-classic horror mashups. The victim? Modernist titan James Joyce. In September Quirk will release A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Manticore.

And Publisher’s Weekly collected some real-life response from bestselling authors urging thriller writer Brad Meltzer stop writing.

GalleyCatnip: Susan Orlean’s Bookshelf

Here are some publishing odds and ends for your mid-afternoon reading pleasure.

“Bookshelves are kind of a mosaic,” explains journalist and popular Twitter scribe Susan Orlean as she shows off her bookshelf in Stacked Up. “I have a little bit of a system that starts with the absurd and moves towards something a little bit grander.”

Sarah Palin‘s book tour stop brings Oprah Winfrey her highest ratings in two years.

Writing industry watchdog Victoria Strauss compares self-publishing options from West Bow Press and Harlequin Horizons.

What would happen if James Joyce and Jane Austen wrote comic strips?

The NY Times weighs a “conflict of interest question” at the National Book Awards.

Bloomsday 2.0

joyce2.jpgEvery June 16th, readers, writers, and bloggers gather in Dublin to commemorate the journey that James Joyce‘s character took around the Irish city in 1904 during the novel, “Ulysses.”

As we shuffle through this recession, most literary travelers won’t make the trip to Dublin this year. Luckily Throwaway Horse LLC has created a hyperlinked graphic novel based on the book–visualizing the novel in full-color for readers stuck behind computers.

Here’s more about the project: “‘Ulysses ‘SEEN” is the inaugural project of Throwaway Horse LLC. Throwaway Horse is devoted to fostering understanding of public domain literary masterworks by joining the visual aid of the graphic novel with the explicatory aid of the internet. By creating ‘Web 2.0′ versions of these works, we hope to proliferate and help to not only preserve them, but ensure their continued vitality and relevance.” (Via Literary Kicks)

School Magazine is Treasure Trove of Early Auden Poems

A collection of previously unknown poems, thought to be early examples of the work of W H Auden, have been unearthed in a school magazine, reports the Independent’s Ciar Byrne. The three poems from 1922 and 1923, which will form part of centenary celebrations for Wystan Hugh Auden at Gresham’s School next week, were discovered by John Smart, a former head of art, who chanced across them while researching the life of another literary old boy. Smart is writing a biography of John Hayward, a close friend of T S Eliot and an important critic of his work. In the course of his research, he read old copies of The Gresham, the magazine Hayward edited during his time at the school in Holt, Norfolk, where he was a pupil a couple of years before Auden.

Smart said: “None of the poems I’ve found I could claim was a great poem.” But, he added that the juxtaposition of “Evening and Night on Primrose Hill” and the more traditional “Dawn” in 1922, the year in which T S Eliot’s The Waste Land and James Joyce‘s Ulysses were published, showed “the modern, put against the old way – two totally different styles”.

Scholar Can Quote from Joyce Novel After All

A Stanford University professor who sued James Joyce‘s estate for the right to quote excerpts from FINNEGANS WAKE and letters between the author and his daughter will be able to use the material after agreeing to settle the case, reports the AP. As part of an agreement reached this week, the Joyce estate said it would not sue scholar Carol Schloss for copyright infringement if the books, manuscripts and other documents she wants to cite both in print and on a Web site were only made available in the United States. “Our client got exactly what she asked for in her complaint, and more,” said Anthony Falzone, who directs the Fair Use Project at Stanford’s Law School.

The dispute involved Shloss’ research for LUCIA JOYCE: TO DANCE IN THEIR WAKE, a 2003 book in which she suggested that James Joyce’s mentally ill daughter was the muse behind FINNEGANS WAKE. To support her theory, Shloss relied on Lucia Joyce‘s medical records, European archives that contained records on her life and Joyce’s papers in university collections. The estate challenged Schloss’ authority to quote or footnote the material, however, saying she would be infringing on its ownership of Joyce’s image.

“When we are squeezed between the aggression of literary estates and the apprehensions of publishers, something very important is lost,” Schloss said in a statement. “I fought not just for Lucia and Joyce, whose words had to be taken out of my book, but for the freedom to consider what happened to them and for the freedom of others to respond to my ideas.”

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