In Dublin, the celebration of James Joyce and "Ulysses" will go on for a week, with participants taking a walk on June 16 that follows Bloom's route through the city. A series of literary events continues through the rest of the month.
In New York City, Symphony Space will celebrate Bloomsday for the 29th straight year with Broadway and film stars plus regulars from the PBS series "Selected Shorts" reading excerpts from the novel. This program will be streamed live at www.symphonyspace.org.
Other Bloomsday cities in the U.S. include Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, Seattle -- and this year, Charleston.
The Kanawha County Public Library is sponsoring a noontime program of readings and other presentations related to Bloomsday at the main library. This inaugural celebration has come about because of a small but dedicated group of Joyce fans.
About five years ago, Ruth Kennedy was instrumental in assembling a group of people to read through the formidable text of "Ulysses" with help from a Teaching Company course on the novel. Because of their initial exposure to the Bloomsday concept, that small group has been celebrating June 16 each year, meeting in their homes to share an Irish meal and some readings from "Ulysses."
This year the library will sponsor the first official Charleston Bloomsday. Charleston resident Brendan McCabe, a native of Ireland, will serve as the emcee of the program, which includes a brief outline and assessment of "Ulysses," readings from the novel and slides featuring Dublin locations on the Bloomsday walk.
Want to go?
Bloomsday in Charleston
WHEN: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 16
WHERE: Kanawha County Public Library, John V. Ray Room
INFO: Bring your lunch.