Joyce Rejoices!

Every life is in many days, day after day. We walk through ourselves, meeting robbers, ghosts, giants, old men, young men, wives, widows, brothers-in-love, but always meeting ourselves.” James Joyce

Somewhere, in the great library in the sky, a celestial bookstore, or floating over the streets of Dublin, James Joyce is having a heady time of it. Not just because of Bloomsday, the recent June 16th global celebration of his legendary novel, Ulysses, but because there’s a new novel out called The Last Words of James Joyce by James Broderick.

I was lucky enough to attend its book launch at my beloved community bookstore, Watchung Booksellers. What a joy to be sitting once again in a real bookstore among real book lovers listening to a real-live author! Here’s a simple recipe for a delightful evening:

An enthusiastic writer: James Broderick loves to write, he loves talking about books, and he loves teaching literature. And he especially loves the works of James Joyce, which he once heard described as a mountain you can tunnel through, get lost in, but never really climb. And like all novelists, he loves sharing fascinating untold stories.

An intriguing plot premise: No spoiler alert here! I’ve just begun The Last Words of James Joyce and look forward to really diving into it. Part mystery, part thriller, the novel has a wild assortment of characters connected by a frantic “treasure hunt” for a lost Joyce manuscript. Center stage is Lucia Joyce, James Joyce’s brilliant daughter, whose troubled, tragic story Broderick wanted to tell.

An appreciative audience: With a lively conversation between Broderick and fellow writer Bruce Benway, setting the stage, a lively Q&A followed. Someone asked what book would be the best portal into Joyce’s world—The Dubliners was the clear winner.

An enthusiastic author! A tantalizing new book! A bookstore! Devoted readers! What more do we need? Bravo, James Broderick.—write on!

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I am a writer and this is a motivational blog designed to help both writers and aspiring writers to push to the next level. Key themes are peak performance, passion, overcoming writing roadblocks, juicing up your creativity, and the joys of writing.
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