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Events Wed Jun 15 2011

Bloomsday in Chicago


Tomorrow is Bloomsday, where bibliophiles around the world celebrate all things James Joyce. Chicago will represent at the Galway Arms Irish Pub where Puddin'head Press and Collage Productions will host their 7th annual reading from James Joyce's Ulysses. Fifteen excerpts will be read in a two-hour presentation encapsulating the events of June 16, 1904 as experienced by Stephen Dedalus, Leopold and that saucy Molly Bloom (I read her soliloquy in a speech class ages ago and got an "is this X-rated??" comment in red pen). Chicago playwright and novelist Jeff Helgeson returns as emcee with performances by local actors and Puddin' head Press authors. Galway Arms Irish Pub, 2nd Floor, 2442 N. Clark, Thursday, June 16, 6:30pm. $5 donation.

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Eric Shivers / June 15, 2011 8:20 PM

My stepfather was a leading scholar in Joyce and Bloomsday was a huge annual event in our house. It was my stepfather who showed me the world. Thanks to him, and my mother's diagnosis of Alzheimer's, I wrote a book about my passion for U2.

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