"Hold to the now, the here, through which all future plunges to the past," James Joyce wrote in Ulysses - which is excellent advice, especially for a book who's entire course of events takes place in a single day (June 16).
Lucky for readers, they can keep coming back to "the here" as often as they want by simply cracking open the book again, or by attending Bloomsday at The Irish House this coming Tuesday, June 16.
Bloomsday is an international literary festival celebrated in cities all over the world to pay homage to the steam of conscience-rich day-in-the-life of Dublin citizen Leopold Bloom on June 16, 1904. If it's one of those books that you've been meaning to get around to, a live reading by a host of local literary celebrities and performers is a good way to start; Brian Boyles, Yurri Herrara, Mwende "Freequency" Katwiwa, Maurice Carlos Ruffins, Benjamin Morris and Katy Simpson Smith are all on board to select and read 10-minute segments of the book.
The reading is scheduled to run from 6 to 8 p.m. and is free and open to the public, with food from a menu inspired by the book and drinks available for purchase. It all takes place upstairs at the restaurant, and Michael Zell, who resurrected Bloomsday after Hurricane Katrina, will host. There will be six spots for guest readers.
This Saturday, June 13, there will be a pre-party at the Irish House from 5 to 7 p.m. with chances to win free Guinness beer, a tasting of Guinness Blonde and live music.