Bloomsday | June 12-16, 2014
What is Bloomsday?
The novel Ulysses by the Irish writer James Joyce, a very controversial and highly innovative work, was published in Paris in 1922 and is now considered a classic of 20th Century English literature. It is a story that traces the wanderings and musings of the main character Leopold Bloom on June 16, 1904 – hence the name “Bloomsday”. The book has been translated into every major world language.
What started as a small literary celebration in Dublin in 1954 has since grown into an annual festival on and around June 16 in more than 60 cities around the world, including New York, London, Toronto, Buffalo, Philadelphia, Chicago, Paris, Copenhagen, Auckland, Buenos Aires, Sydney, and Tokyo.
Encouraged by the success of the Bloomsday 2012 and 2013 events in Montreal, Joyce fans at McGill’s Community for Lifelong Learning are putting together another exciting program for 2014.
Celebrations in Montreal will begin on Thursday, June 12. The Jewish Public Library, a new partner, will be sponsoring the opening plenary session with speaker Marilyn Reizbaum, the Harrison King McCann Professor of English at Bowdoin College, Maine. Her topic is Joyce, Ulysses, and the Jews.
Even if you haven't yet read the novel, there's plenty to interest you in this celebration of literature, Irish and Jewish culture taking place at various venues in Montreal. To get the latest information on Bloomsday Montreal 2014, click on the Blog below.
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