Free Film Screening at Library Celebrates “Bloomsday”
2010-06-08 · By Editor
The San Diego Public Library will host a screening of Joyce to the World, which explores the global phenomenon known as “Bloomsday”, celebrated every year on June 16th, when Joyceans around the world open a book, raise a pint, and dress in costume in homage to their fictional heroes.
This free event is open to the public. The screening will take place on Monday, June 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the 3rd floor auditorium of the Central Library, located at 820 E Street in downtown San Diego. Performances by local Irish band Raggle Taggle and Rose Academy Irish dancers will precede the screening from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m.
Bloomsday is observed annually in Dublin and elsewhere to celebrate Joyce’s legacy and relive the events in Ulysses, which take place on that single day, June 16, 1904. The odyssey of Leopold Bloom is set in a world of pubs, shops, churches and urban street life in Dublin. International Bloomsday celebrations include cultural and literary activities such as readings, dramatizations, pub crawls, Broadway performances, street festivals, and general merriment. With extensive biographical footage and commentary, Joyce to the World explores why so many are drawn to Joyce’s work.
Dr. Larry Brunton, professor of pharmacology at UCSD and Ulysses aficionado, will lead a Q&A following the screening and discuss the issues that make Ulysses so compelling that it continues to attract devoted readers one hundred years after its publication.
Learn about other events at the San Diego Public Library’s Central Library and 35 branches, find links to numerous additional resources, or search for materials in the Library’s catalog online.