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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Grab up a brew for Bloomsday!

Tomorrow is a major Literary Holiday! True! It is Bloomsday--a day to celebrate the life of James Joyce.

On June 16th, participants relive the events of his most famous work, Ulysses. In fact, the occasion is named after the novel’s main character, Leopold Bloom. Celebrations involve a range of cultural activities including Ulysses readings and dramatizations, pub crawls, and general merriment, much of it hosted by the James Joyce Centre in North Great George's Street, Dublin.

In the US, the Syracuse James Joyce Club also holds an annual Bloomsday celebration at Johnston's BallyBay Pub, at which large portions of the book are either read aloud, or presented as dramatizations by costumed performers. The club awards scholarships and other prizes to students who have written essays about Joyce or fiction related to his work.

So, head out to your local pub and reflect upon the times of the Irish author.