Bloomsday Celebration

Next Thursday will be June 16, known by aficionados of James Joyce as Bloomsday. The events of Joyce’s renowned Ulysses unfold on June 16, 1904 (a date Joyce chose as a celebration of his first date with the woman he was later to marry, Nora Barnacle). Bloomsday is celebrated in Dublin and elsewhere annually: as Nola Tully writes, “From a breakfast of kidneys to a lunch of cheese and wine, to a funeral, to a brothel, Bloomsday entails much celebration for Joyce enthusiasts – as Ulysses maintains both intellectual and popular appeal” (yes I said yes I will Yes.: a Celebration of James Joyce, Ulysses and 100 Years of Bloomsday, p. 72).

Next Thursday the 16th, from 3 pm. – 5 p.m., the Rare Book and Manuscript Library will be hosting a celebration of Bloomsday, with readings, music and food to commemorate this famed day.

Check out our library’s Ulysses-related holdings, or visit the Rare Book and Manuscript Library’s page for the event!

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