Twenty-second Annual Celebration
Wednesday, June 16
All readings free and open to the public... bring a copy of Ulysses and read along....
Read on for the full schedule, which is also available on the web at http://www.bloomsdaypittsburgh.org/.
- 9:00 AM - Crazy Mocha Cafe
4525 Liberty Avenue, Bloomfield
We begin with Telemachos as “Stately plump Buck Mulligan” ascends the stairs of the Martello Tower in Sandycove, looks out over the “snotgreen sea”, and the events of Bloomsday are set in motion…
- 10:30 AM - Homewood Cemetary
South Dallas & Aylesboro Avenue, Point Breeze
Reading from Hades, we'll accompany "poor Paddy Dignam" on his final journey to Gasnevin Cemetary with gossip and memories and dreams of immortality....
- 12:00 PM - Murphy's Tap Room
1106 South Braddock Avenue, Regent Square
Pause with Bloom in Laestrygonians as he eats "strips of sandwich, fresh, clean bread" and "Glowig wine on his palate lingered swallowed...."
- 2:30 PM - Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
4400 Forbes Avenue, Oakland
Steer a safe path through Scylla and Charybdis with John Eglinton the "Quaker librarian" and talk of Hamnet Shakespeare and Hamlet's ghost at the National Library where Dedalus and Bloom pass each other, unnoticed....
- 4:00 PM - Washington's Landing - Eastern Tip of Island
Exit from 31st St. Bridge, park on left, walk beyond tennis courts to rocks at island's end
Lured by the sweet song of different Sirens, Bloom and Boylan go their separate ways along the Liffey while from the saloon of the Ormond Hotel emerges a fugue of music and song and "a call... long in dying...."
- 5:30 PM - Mullaney's Harp and Fiddle
2329 Penn Avenue, Strip District
In Cyclops the Citizen and his mangy mongrel Garryowen wait "for what the sky would drop in the way of drink" and politics, patriotism, religion and Bloom are the targets of his vitriolic verbosity....
- 8:00 PM - City Books
1111 East Carson Street, South Side
Oxen of the Sun, set in Dublin's Holles Street maternity hospital and the most complex chapter in Ulysses, spins our heads with its tour-de-force parody of literary styles divided into nine segments like the pregnancy of a new Joycean language....
And finally, from her jingling brass bed, Molly Bloom, her Leopold/Ulysses returned from his wanderings, draws us into Penelope, her 'amplitudinous curvilinear' stream-of-consciousness soliloquy to bring Bloomsday to a close with its final, great, life-affirming, "Yes."