June 15, 2011
Reminder: Bloomsday, The Rosenbach Museum’s Annual Day-Long Tribute To James Joyce’s Ulysses, Returns To Delancey Street Tomorrow, June 16
Attention literature lovers: commemorate the iconic legacy of James Joyce at The Rosenbach Museum & Library’s 19th annual Bloomsday celebration on Thursday, June 16, noon-7 p.m. Bonus: the weather looks like it’s going to be beautiful.
In a grand Philadelphia tradition, the Rosenbach fetes James Joyce and his classic tract Ulysses each year with an open air festival on Delancey Street.
Dramatic readings will be given (yes, of all 1,000+ pages!) by some of Philadelphia’s most colorful personalities from the steps of the museum. Readers of note this year include:
• H. E. Michael Collins, Ambassador of Ireland to the United States: 12:10 p.m.
• Sharon Pinkenson, Director, Greater Philadelphia Film Ofﬁce: 1:50 p.m.
• Mayor Michael Nutter: 2:20 p.m.
• Siobhan Reardon, President, Free Library of Philadelphia: 3:15 p.m.
• David Dye, Radio Host, “World Café,” WXPN 88.5 FM: 5:45 p.m.
The full list is available online.
Fun fact: Bloomsday is so called because Ulysses features the characters Leopold and Molly Bloom, and the event takes place on June 16 because that’s the day of James Joyce’s first date with his future wife.
Good to know: in addition to the reading, the museum’s current Joyce-related exhibition, Exile Among Expats, is free to the public on Bloomsday.
Brush up on your Ulysses if your English 101 has grown stale with time, then join hundreds of friends, neighbors, Joyce enthusiasts, book-lovers and curious passersby to gather on Delancey Place tomorrow.
Below, check out a sneak peek of Mayor Nutter reading from the steps of the Rosenbach.
When: Thursday, June 16, noon-7 p.m.
Where: Rosenbach Museum & Library, 2008-2010 Delancey Place
More info: www.rosenbach.org