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Jun16
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Theatre & Performing Arts

A Movable Reading of James Joyce’s Ulysses


This program will be held in person at the Newberry. Register for free in advance here.

As we welcome visitors to the library, we’re continuing to closely monitor health and safety conditions related to COVID-19 in Chicago. Click here for our visitor policy.

Where would Leopold Bloom have wandered in the city of Chicago? During a movable reading of James Joyce’s Ulysses, we’ll round up performers, scholars, and Joyce enthusiasts as we visit Chicago spots inspired by the novel.

For this event, participants will visit four locations within walking distance of the Newberry, with lively readings from select chapters at each location. Participants should meet at Oak Street Beach at 2pm. Full details of speakers and locations forthcoming.

Schedule and Locations:

2 pm: Oak Street Beach

3 pm: Newberry Library Ruggles Hall

4 pm: TBD

5 to 7 pm: Kerryman Irish Bar and Restaurant

June 16 is celebrated every year as “Bloomsday,” the day in the life of Leopold Bloom that Ulysses covers. This year is the 100th anniversary of the publication of Ulysses. Read about the Chicago roots of the publication: “The ‘Little’ Chicago Magazine That First Published A Big Book Called Ulysses (And Was Charged with Obscenity for It)”.

This event is presented in partnership with the Consulate General of Ireland, Chicago, the Newberry Irish Studies Scholarly Seminar, and the Kerryman Irish Bar and Restaurant.


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