James Joyce Birthday Celebration

At this "birthday celebration" for James Joyce, participants will read the beginning of Ulysses. The purposes are threefold:

  • To help people with Ulysses-reading New Years resolutions to get started;
  • To allow revisiting and re-experiencing by people with Joyce affinity;
  • To share the enjoyment of life and literature.

The supporting web page with script, program, and reading assignments can be accessed at: JamesJoyceBirthday2019




Friday, February 1, 2019



10:00 AM-4:00 PM



4801 Massachusetts Ave. NW - Room A (1st Floor)



10:00 AM-12:30 PM: Reading of First Three Chapters of Ulysses

12:30-1:30 PM: Complimentary light lunch

1:30-4:00 PM: Reading of Chapter Four of Ulysses followed by showing of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1977 film directed by Joseph Strick featuring Hellfire Sermon by John Gielgud) 

The readers are: Robert Aubry Davis; Enid Hyde; Walter Kamiat; Marcia Kass; Bob Kolodney; Steven Lamm; Larry Lawrence; Gail Lelyveld; Sandy Leibowitz; Dee Mahan; Patricia Mertz; David Palmeter; Susan Willens; Mark Wall; and Marilyn Wong Glysteen.

Continuation of celebration afterwards at a nearby location with food & drinks is anticipated.



Please register if you would like to attend. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Size limit: 100



There is no cost to attend this birthday celebration.


There is no need to bring book a book - text being read will be scrolled on a screen. We are pleased to announce that Robert Aubry Davis has accepted the invitation to read the third chapter (Proteus). There are currently 8 readers - additional reading participants are welcome. If you would like to be a reader please contact Bob Kolodney at bobkolive@gmail.com

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