Bill Bryson will be in UCD this Thursday at 7:00pm to receive the James Joyce award from the Literary and Historical Society. It should be an interesting night as his books can be hilarious and Down Under seemed to be the standard reading material for most backpackers in my first couple of weeks in Australia. Every hostel dorm from Sydney to Noosa seemed to have at least one copy of it (apart from my own). I gave my copy to another backpacker when I finished it. I wonder if it is still going up and down the coast.