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Featherston Booktown Karukatea Festival 2022
Festival Event

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Ulysses, the Story of a Book


Saturday 11 June 2022, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM, St Teresa’s Church Hall. $15

One hundred years ago this year, Ulysses by James Joyce was published by Miss Sylvia Beach, a young American of modest means but brave ambitions, who had recently opened the bookshop Shakespeare and Company on the Left Bank in Paris.

Ulysses was no sooner published than banned in both England and America. 

But it kept selling – and continues to sell boundless copies today.

Academic, literary historian, and compelling storyteller, Marco Sonzogni tells the fascinating story of how one of the most sprawling and, arguably, the greatest piece of literature in the twentieth century, saw the light of day – and reveals an intriguing Aotearoa New Zealand connection.


Immediately following Dr Marco Sonzogni's talk on Ulysses, the Story of a Book by James Joyce, there will be an exclusive screening of the documentary 100 Years of Ulysses. This has been made possible through the generous support of the South Wairarapa District Council and the Irish Embassy in New Zealand.

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