Bloomsday!

Jun 15, 2015

Old Books on Front Street joins thousands of bibliophiles in the yearly worldwide celebration of Bloomsday.   The event marks the date described in James Joyce's novel Ulysses, a stream-of-consciousness description of a day in the life of character Leopold Bloom: June 16.

Irish writer and poet James Joyce is one of the most influential pens in modernist literature.  Ulysses (1922) is considered a ground-breaking work in the history of literature, although not without detractors.  T.S. Elliot said,  "I hold this book to be the most important expression which the present age has found; it is a book to which we are all indebted, and from which none of us can escape."  On the other hand, Virginia Woolf was not so inclined:  "Ulysses was a memorable catastrophe-immense in daring, terrific in disaster."  It is one of the most censored books in Great Britain and the United States-read about The United States V. One Book Called Ulysses.  

Bloomsday is celebrated in a variety of ways; this year Old Books will pick up on the page of Ulysses they marked 4 years ago and continue the read-aloud, along with Irish hot dogs, Guinness cakes, and refreshments.  Stop in to hear the 10 hour reading, running from 10 am to 8 pm on Tuesday.  There will be an opportunity for visitors to plug into Joyce's stream of consciousness and read aloud as well.