Expect gorgeous weather for The Rosenbach's 20th annual celebration of James Joyce this weekend, featuring dramatic readings from Ulysses by Philadelphia notables. (Photo courtesy The Rosenbach)
Attention literature lovers: commemorate the iconic legacy of James Joyce at The Rosenbach Museum & Library’s 20th annual Bloomsday celebration June 16, noon-7 p.m.
Bonus: the event takes place on a Saturday this year. Double 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 just off Rittenhouse Square. Readers of note this year include:
• Joey Sweeney, editor of Philebrity.com: 12:50 p.m.
• Timothy Rub, Director and CEO of Philadelphia Museum of Art: 1:35 p.m.
• David Einhorn, proprietor of Seafood Unlimited: 2:05 p.m.
• Rick Nichols, former Philadelphia Inquirer food writer: 3:30 p.m.
• Fergus Carey of Fergie’s Pub: 3:45 p.m.
• Inga Saffron, architecture critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer: 5:05 p.m.
The full list is available online.
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.
This year is extra-special because it’s the 20th anniversary of the festival at the Rosenbach, plus the museum has a commemorative Maurice Sendak exhibition on display indoors.
Join hundreds of friends, neighbors, Joyce enthusiasts, book-lovers and curious passersby to gather on Delancey Place this weekend.
When: June 16, noon-7 p.m.
Where: The Rosenbach Museum & Library, 2008-2010 Delancey Place
More info: www.rosenbach.org