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June 12, 2014

The Bloomsday Festival Of The Rosenbach Museum And Library Returns With Celebrations Of Ulysses All Over the City, June 13-18

Celebrate one of James Joyce's most influential works, Ulysses, at the Rosenbach Museum and Library's annual Bloomsday Festival, a nearly week-long literary celebration. (Photo courtesy The Rosenbach Museum and Library)

Calling all literary buffs!

From Friday, June 13 to Wednesday, June 18, The Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia once again brings James Joyce fans together with its Bloomsday Festival.

Named for the protagonist in Joyce’s masterpiece Ulysses, Bloomsday celebrations all over the world commemorate this prolific work and its author.

In Philadelphia, this annual event includes readings and Ulysses-related fun throughout the city, and this year’s festival will be bigger and better than ever.

Readers can enjoy six days of Irish-inspired happenings, including a pub quiz, author readings, a benefit gala and special exhibits.

The centerpiece of the festival is undoubtedly Monday, June 16. Admission to The Rosenbach will be free, allowing one and all to view Joyce’s handwritten Ulysses manuscript.

Plus, three separate Center City locations will host readings and performances throughout the day, the last of which will conclude with actress Drucie McDaniel’s rendition of Molly Bloom’s famous soliloquy from the book.

A full schedule of events is available online.

Joyce was once quoted as saying, “I care not if I live but a day and night, so long as my deeds live after me.” With the Bloomsday Festival, they do indeed.

Bloomsday Festival
When: Friday, June 13 through Wednesday, June 18
Where: Various locations, including the Rosenbach Museum & Library, 2008-2010 Delancey Place
Cost: Varies by event
More info: www.rosenbach.org

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