And, if you are in the mood to celebrate, here are some ideas for fun things to check out:
Celebrate Bloomsday with Frank Delaney
June 16th, 2012 marks the first Bloomsday in which James Joyce's mighty novel Ulysses is free from copyright and from the restrictions of the famously difficult Joyce estate. Celebrate in a series of projects and events conducted across land and Internet by Frank Delaney:
Re:Joyce Podcast, two years old
Dip into Ulysses by reading along with Frank Delaney in his spirited weekly podcast, Re:Joyce, launched on Bloomsday 2010.
Each segment features Delaney taking a short passage from Ulysses and exploring its multitude of references with insight, eloquence, passion, vast expertise—and a good dose of fun. As of Bloomsday 2012, Delaney will be in the midst of Chapter Three, and have reached podcast episode #105. Followed by academics, library groups, Joycean societies, scholars across the world, as well as ordinary folk, Delaney’s goal in deciphering and decoding the dense and rich text of the book is to allow greater enjoyment, by far more readers, of the book he holds most dear.The podcasts have been downloaded nearly 500,000 times and have been covered in The Economist, NPR, The New York Times to name but a few. They are available for download on itunes and www.FrankDelaney.com.
Rosenbach Bloomsday Festival
Frank Delaney is speaker and Guest of Honor at the annual Bloomsday celebrations of Philadelphia’s Rosenbach Museum & Library, whose collection includes the papers of James Joyce, Benjamin Franklin, Lewis Carroll, Marianne Moore, Maurice Sendak, Dylan Thomas and Cervantes. Event information for the Rosenbach Bloomsday Festival (one of the largest in the world) is available here. Tickets for The Rosenbacchanal are available here.
"Ulysses" Live: Additional Joycean projects of Mr. Delaney’s include:
Joyce Ways: Frank Delaney is the voice of "Joyce Ways", an app with audio-visual guidance designed to lead and delight literary pilgrims through the streets of Dublin, on the trail and itinerary of Ulysses. “Joyce Ways” was created by the students of Boston College, under the direction of Joseph Nugent, and will launch 6.9.12.
Occupy Ulysses: an event at Madison Park, New York, staged on the day Ulysses was released from copyright (February 2, 2012).
The James Joyce Rap, Delaney’s witty, engaging, tongue-in-cheek portrait of the artist. As off-center and provocative as Joyce himself, this giddy homage serves up Joyce as Delaney’s hero, within a Pythonesque environment. Funny, irreverent and surprisingly touching, we’re given more than a has to why Delaney has chosen Joyce as a major part of his life’s work.
Thanks to Tara Strahl for the info!!