Lauded as the greatest novel of all time, James Joyce’s epic Ulysses tells the story of a day in the life of everyman Dubliner Leopold Bloom. The action of the story takes place on June 16, 1904, hence the selection of June 16 for Bloomsday, the annual international holiday celebrating Ulysses and its creator. As the home of Joyce’s manuscript of the novel, The Rosenbach has observed Bloomsday in grand fashion for over 20 years. We mark the occasion with a day-long, public reading of the novel, inviting international literati, local artists, and public figures to read in three different locations throughout the city. The readings are accompanied by musical performances, and the combination of word and song brings the novel to exhilarating life in the open air.
Bloomsday is free and open to everyone. Ulysses enthusiasts and novices alike can drop by Delancey Place anytime during the day to enjoy the music and reading on beautiful Delancey Place.