Literary Events


When: Mon., June 16, 7:30 p.m. 2014

Bloomsday is to lit nerds what May 4th (aka May the Fourth) is to Star Wars geeks, or possibly what Christmas is to Christians. So named for Leopold Bloom, the protagonist of James Joyce’s mega-epic Ulysses, the holiday honors the anniversary of the date, June 16, 1904, on which all the book’s (fictional) action takes place. In Joyce’s native Dublin, Bloomsday merits an all-out festival, complete with an Edwardian-themed pub crawl; locally, English majors and Joyce fanatics can celebrate in a slightly more subdued manner with Mrs. Dalloway’s (2904 College Ave., Berkeley) long-running celebration, which this year will feature readings from Ulysses by Thomas Lynch and George Davis. Edwardian dress is, sadly not required, but the truly devoted can certainly bring a potato and/or Latin Quarter hat as a prop (note that if you got this joke you should definitely go).

Ellen Cushing

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