Happy Bloomsday!

Happy Bloomsday!! If you’re not a James Joyce aficionado (or if you don’t celebrate obscure holidays), June 16 is the day all of the events in Joyce’s Ulysses take place. The name comes from Leopold Bloom, the main character in the novel. To honor Bloomsday and James Joyce, here are a few fun facts about one of Ireland’s (and the world’s) most beloved authors.

Why June 16? The answer is actually pretty simple: it’s that day in 1904 when he had his first date with his future wife, Nora Barnacle.

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