June 2015

Five Questions with Novelist Maya Lang

Maya Lang_Renata SteinerAs part of this year’s annual Bloomsday celebrations, the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities in cooperation with the James Joyce Quarterly is delighted to welcome novelist Maya Lang to Tulsa.  Her first book, The Sixteenth of June, draws on Joyce’s Ulysses to tell the comic yet moving story of two brothers and the woman they both love–a set of relations that come to a head on a single, pivotal day.  It has been called a “generous and big-hearted novel” that will appeal both to those who love Ulysses and those who have never heard of James Joyce.

Lang will lead a writing workshop in Tulsa on June 15th and then read from her work and talk about Ulysses at the Bloomsday Pub Crawl through the Brady Arts District on June 16th.  All these events are free and open to the public.  To prepare for her visit, we put five questions to Maya about her writing, her interest in Ulysses, and her beautiful first novel.

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Second Annual Bloomsday Pub Crawl

PrintThe epic novel Ulysses by James Joyce has been banned, praised, criticized and idolized. Considered one of the greatest books ever written, it follows Leopold Bloom through Dublin on a single day: June 16, 1904. Around the world, people now mark this as Bloomsday, a literary holiday that celebrates Irish culture, urban life, and the deeply humane vision of the book itself.

This year, Tulsa will again hold its own Bloomsday Pub Crawl in the Brady Arts District on June 16th starting at 5:30 on Guthrie Green. There will be music from the band Finnegans Awake, Irish-themed food and drink at several venues, and readings from Ulysses by local celebrities.

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