Happy Bloomsday!

by Erin Brenner on June 16, 2012

Ready to celebrate? Today is Bloomsday! Since 1954, James Joyce fans have celebrated the author and his works on June 16, commemorating Ulysses, which takes place on June 16, 1904.

I’ve long wanted to be in Dublin on June 16. Since I won’t be traveling to Ireland anytime soon, I thought I’d share with you some ways to celebrate Bloomsday.

  • Ulysses. Download a free electronic copy of Ulysses from the Gutenberg Project.
  • Vocab Builder. Study up on some Joycian vocabulary to enhance your reading.
  • RE: Joyce. Deconstruct Ulysses with Irish author and Joyce scholar Frank Delaney. Delaney creates a five-minute each week, opening up a few lines of the famed work. Join him for the whole ride—over the next 22 years!
  • JoyceWays. Walk the path Ulysses‘ characters do, even if you can’t be in Ireland. Download this inexpensive iPhone app developed by some smart BC students.
  • Walking Ulysses. Don’t have an iPhone? Those BC students will let you talk a walk through your browser, too.
  • Bloomsday events. Check out live events in your area.

Whatever you do today, take a moment to raise your glass and give thanks to an author who gave us so much.

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