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Pittsburgh to Celebrate Bloomsday - June 16

Progressive Literary Odyssey Unfolds in Seven Stops (Pittsburgh) Tuesday, June 4, 2002 - Join Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and the James Joyce Society and relive James Joyce's classic novel Ulysses, on Sunday, June 16 -- the date on which Leopold Bloom, Ulysses's main character, began his journey around Dublin.

Wander the streets of Pittsburgh recreating this literary odyssey with readings of Ulysses at seven pre-selected locations. All readings for this popular event, now in its thirteenth year, are free and open to the public. Pack a copy of Ulysses to read along with the group.

The Bloomsday odyssey begins in Bloomfield at 10:00 a.m. at Crazy Mocha Cafe, 4525 Liberty Avenue, with a reading of the "Lotus Eaters" section as Leopold Bloom sets off from Eccles Street to retrieve Martha's flower-filled love letter. The complete schedule follows:

11:15 a.m. - Homewood Cemetery, South Dallas & Alyesboro Avenues, Point Breeze: Reading from "Hades," we'll accompany "poor Paddy Dignam" on his final journey to Glasnevin Cemetery with gossip and memories and dreams of immortality...

12:15 p.m. - Murphy's Tap Room, 1106 S. Braddock Ave., Edgewood: Pause with Bloom in "Laestrygonians" as he eats "strips of sandwich, fresh, clean bread" and "Glowing wine on his palate lingered, swallowed..."

2:30 p.m. - Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Gillespie Room, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland: Steer a safe path through "Scylla and Charybdis" with John Eglinton and the "Quaker librarian" and talk of "hamnet Shakespeare" and Hamlet's ghost at the National Library where Dedalus and Bloom pass each other, unnoticed...

3:45 p.m. - Washington's Landing - Eastern Tip of the Island, Allegheny River Below 31st Street Bridge: Wander with Stephen, Bloom," The superior, the very Reverend John Conmee, S.J.," Buck Mulligan, "William Humble, Earl of Dudley" and a host of Dubliners as "Wandering Rocks"reveals Dublin, the "womancity," in her afternoon intimacy...

5 p.m. - Mullaney's Harp and Fiddle, 2329 Penn Ave., Strip District: In "Cyclops," the Citizen and his mangy mongrel Garryowen wait "for what the sky would drop in the way of drink" and politics, patriotism, religion, and Bloom are the targets of his vitriolic verbosity...

7:30 p.m. - Zenith Gallery, 86 South 24th Street, South Side: The night belongs to Joyce's women… On Sandymount Strand, Gerty MacDowell and Leopold Bloom fantasize in "Nausicaa" while fireworks blaze and the organ peals…

For more information, call Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh at 412-622-3102.

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