Happy Bloomsday! Fans of James Joyce know June 16 is the date in the novel “Ulysses.” Years after the novel’s controversial publication, fans gathered to honor the author and his work with events in Dublin, the setting of the book and Joyce’s hometown. Today, walking tours follow the events of the novel and readings, performances and the annual Bloomsday breakfast all commemorate the famous Irish writer and his work. New York City also offers fun ways to celebrate Bloomsday.
This year, 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the publication of James Joyce’s short story collection “Dubliners.” In honor of that work and “Ulysses,” the Irish Arts Center and Symphony Space will present “Bloomsday on Broadway XXXIII” a special event featuring readings from both works and songs performed by soprano Lisa Flanagan. The 33rd annual celebration will present readings by actor and author Malachy McCourt, National Book Award-winning author Colum McCann, Cynthia Nixon and Kelli O’Hara. The event takes place tonight at 7 p.m. at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street in Manhattan. Tickets are available online for $18 with promo code IAC. For more information, visit the Irish Arts Center website.
Symphony Space will also present screenings of the documentary film “In Bed With Ulysses” at the Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street in Manhattan. Check the “In Bed With Ulysses” website for more detailed information.
For James Joyce fans unable to attend Bloomsday events, pick up “Ulysses.” The language and rhythm of the book will transport you to Dublin no matter where you are. Once banned for obscenity, “Ulysses” is a classic of world literature. Some readers may find it a difficult book to read, but give “Ulysses” a try, and you might just fall in love. Pick up “Dubliners” for a more accessible James Joyce book. “The Dead” is perhaps the best known of the short stories in the collection. It was adapted for the screen by legendary director John Huston.
For more information on James Joyce, check out the James Joyce Centre website.