Books and Words for Bloomsday

These suitably dressed ladies enjoy Bloomsday outside Davy Byrne’s Pub in Dublin.

To mark Bloomsday and the centenary of the publication of James Joyce’s literary masterpiece, “Ulysses”, Irish Consulates in the United States are participating in the Global Joycean Book Giveaway.

In ten US cities, Joyce’s works will be distributed free of charge in addition to what a press release describes as “generous discounts” on a wide range of contemporary Irish literature to support Irish writers, local libraries and independent bookstores .

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US giveaway locations are Atlanta, GA, Chicago, IL, Madison, CT, Philadelphia, PA, Canton, MA, Rehoboth Beach, DE, Charleston, SC, Hoboken, NJ, Brooklyn, NY, and Washington, DC

The American giveaway is part of a global event with more than 3,500 books in 12 languages ​​distributed across four continents.

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Meanwhile, Congressman Richard Neal, co-chairman of Friends of Ireland in Congress, gave a solemn address commemorating the centenary of the publication of “Ulysses”.

Neal said: “I rise today to commemorate the centenary of James Joyce’s ‘Ulysses’, arguably one of the finest literary masterpieces of our time.

“The age-old epic was published in its entirety on Joyce’s 40th birthday – February 2, 1922.

Born in Dublin and educated at University College Dublin, Joyce’s lyrics transcend countries. The story is read and studied around the world and Joyce himself has become an integral part of Irish culture.

“Through a conscientious style of writing, and with humor and parody, Joyce has kept literary thinkers and historians engaged in interpreting his words in new ways, even 100 years later. In 265,222 words, Joyce recounts the simple and even mundane encounters of the protagonist Leopold Bloom on an ordinary day in Dublin: Thursday, June 16, 1904.

Yet Joyce does so with such wit, linguistic exuberance, and a great appreciation for ordinary and often overlooked detail that readers remain captivated. I am one of those readers.

June 16 – today – is considered ‘Bloomsday’ by Joyce fans and festivals are held in Dublin, across the Emerald Isle, here in the US and around the world.

“As such, I wish you and yours a happy Bloomsday.”

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