Bloomsday commemorates James Joyce’s epic novel, Ulysses* and the exploits of the main character, Leopold Bloom. It is celebrated worldwide on June 16, the anniversary Bloom’s journey through Dublin on that day in 1904.
While it originated in Dublin, New York City is among many cities around the world that be holding Bloomsday observances. Literary New Yorkers have several options in celebrating the day:
The day starts off with breakfast in Bryant Park:
Thursday, June 16, 2011 Bloomsday Breakfast
Presented by Culture Ireland and Irish Arts Center
The celebration includes:
- a complementary Irish breakfast courtesy of Tommy Moloney’s.
- musical performances by special guests Songs of Joyce
- a selection of readings from Ulysses
- an announcement of a donation of 100 copies of the novel
to New York Public Library, Queens Public Library, and Brooklyn Public Library
Sixth Ave. at W. 41st St.
New York, NY
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Bloomsday Celebration at Ulysses’
Celebrating James Joyce’s novel
and also Ulysses’ 8th Anniversary
Carvery lunch: 11:30am – 3pm
Larry Kirwan, Aedín Moloney and a host of others will read their favorite pieces from James Joyce’s masterwork, Ulysses
Ulysses on Twitter: 140 characters at a time (@11ysses)
Purchase Ulysses by James Joyce (Amazon.com)*
Thursday, June 16
The 30th annual Bloomsday on Broadway
James Joyce ULYSSES marathon, staged by Isaiah Sheffer.
Featuring over 100 actors, including some leading stars of stage and screen,
including Malachy McCourt and Fionnula Flanagan
The marathon reading of all 18 episodes will last over twelve hours, from noon until Molly Bloom’s final “Yes!” sometime after midnight.
Peter Jay Sharp Theatre
2537 Broadway (95th St.)
New York NY
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