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Archive for January 28th, 2009

Frank Stasio

Frank Stasio

Tune in to National Public Radio at noon EST on Jan. 29 to hear Christopher Reed, Craufurd Goodwin and Mark Hussey discuss the Bloomsbury in American Collections exhibit at the Nasher Gallery of Duke University.

The three will appear on  a WUNC program called “The State of  Things,” hosted by Frank Stasio, which broadcasts live from Chapel Hill, N.C.

Click here to listen, or turn your radio dial to 91.5-FM if you are within range of their signal.

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Virginia Woolf“Woolf is one of the most important feminist theorists of the 20th century — in a class with Beauvoir and, really, probably no one else.

“Woolf is probably the greatest woman novelist writing in English in the 20th century. She is one of the great writers of English literature, period. Her position is really pretty unparalleled and I don’t see her stock dropping anytime soon.”

That is a quote from Anne Fernald of Fernham in response to the question, “What do you think Woolf’s place is in the history of literature?”  The query was posed in “Seven Questions on Virginia Woolf”on the LA Times blog Jacket Copy.

In my opinion, Fernald’s answer was dead-on. Read her answers to the other six.

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Orlando is dead. Long live Orlando

OrlandoOrlando is dead. Orlando the cat, that is.

The feline who worked as a goodwill ambassador and greeter at Bloomsbury Books in Ashland, Oregon, for the past 15 years, died Jan. 19. His age was unknown.

Orlando also worked as a model, posing for photographs that adorned postcards sold at the store.

He is survived by many friends who considered him a fellow book lover who honored the literary heritage of his namesake, Virginia Woolf’s Orlando.

“He was a literate cat,”  Karen Chapman, co-owner of the store, told the Mail Tribune.

She described the time he scratched the top of a box of books and damaged a book titled Women Who Love Dogs.

“We were sure he was able to read,” she said.

A memorial service for Orlando was held on Jan. 25, Woolf’s 127th birthday

To read the full Mail Tribune story about Orlando the cat, click here.

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