Posts Tagged ‘21st century Virginia Woolf’

We are in the midst of the 30th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf, which for the first time is being held virtually via Zoom. Postponed last year due to COVID-19, the conference began Thursday and runs through tomorrow. There’s still time to get a day pass.

Below we are sharing a selection of tweets found by following the conference hashtag #vwwoolf2021.

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white gardenAmy, a blogger at On Size Fits All, e-mailed me to recommend the Stephanie Barron mystery novel just out last month titled The White Garden: A Novel of Virginia Woolf.

I have to thank her — and Google news — for the reminder. The novel had slipped from my mind after I posted about it in August. Now it’s out in print and back at the top of my must-read list.

I only found two reviews of the novel, and those were mixed.

The L.A. Times called it “intriguing” and said it “highlights not only Barron’s ability to alchemize historical fact into fiction but also her ability to present absorbing details of Sissinghurst’s gardens, history and the surrounding Kentish countryside. But reviewer Paula A. Woods also complained that the plot and characters are formulaic.

January magazine’s mini-review  says the novel is “a clever tapestry of past and present.”

I am anxious to read it and decide for myself.

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OBAMACOVER_thumbWhenever I read a biography of anyone, but for our purposes — Woolf — I have a little movie in my head of the events that are taking place. I don’t often, however, picture a comic book. A recent article in The Guardian says I might finally get that chance.

For the most recent installments of its “Female Force” series of graphic novel biographies, Bluewater Productions will profile an unlikely pair of female authors: Stephenie Meyer and J.K. Rowling (in separate books, thank goodness). The bios will chronicle each author’s life and unlikely rise to fame.

Previously, “Female Force” has only profiled female political figures, including Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama.

Bluewater  is planning to publish biographies of two other prominent female writers for the series, and here’s where it gets interesting. Up for consideration are Tony Morrison, Ayn Rand, Margaret Atwood, Anne Rice, and Virginia Woolf.

Since the Meyer biography is narrated by a vampire, “in a very fun, respectful and unique way,” I’m curious and a little worried to see what they would do with the life of Virginia Woolf. Still, though, wouldn’t it be interesting?

Thanks to @booksin140 for Tweeting the link!

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