Syracuse Joyce Club returns to its Jesuit roots

16th Bloomsday slated for Le Moyne College

Le Moyne College's W. Carroll Coyne Center for the Performing Arts has been chosen as the site for the 16th Bloomsday of the Syracuse James Joyce Club.

The announcement was made today by Kay Ellis, executive producer of the beginning two-hour Special Guest program and Hugh Humphreys, executive producer of the ten-hour reading of "Ulysses," voted the No. 1 novel of the 20th Century by American literary critics.

Bloomsday, the reading of Joyce's masterpiece, takes place all over the world on June 16, the date the novel was set in Dublin in 1904. No other novel receives this recognition. The Special Guest program will begin at Le Moyne at 12 noon and be followed by the "Ulysses" reading.

"As James Joyce was educated in Dublin by the Jesuits we are delighted with our new site and pleased to put it on at a Jesuit College that is spiritually connected to our Joyce Club," Ellis said.

Four of the founding members of the Syracuse club are graduates of Le Moyne.

"The late Father William T. Noon,SJ, professor of English at Le Moyne and the author of 'Joyce and Aquinas' was the teacher of Tom Lavoie at Le Moyne. Lavoie, along with Richard Long, another Le Moyne graduate, founded the Joyce Club in Syracuse in 1994. John Mahoney and Ted Furze, Le Moyne grads, were also founding members. So our club had deep ties with Le Moyne," Ellis said.

The Special Guest program invites Central New Yorkers in the literary, academic, music, media, political and theatre world to read five minutes of Joyce of their own choosing. The program is modeled on the Dublin Bloomsday, which also draws on the art-literary world of Ireland to read the works of Joyce. The program was initiated last year and drew a full house to Redhouse in Armory Square.

An entirely new group of 20 Special Guests have been chosen for this year. Admission is free. Food and drink will be available.

Regular members of the Joyce Club (which now total more than 80) have been reading "Ulysses" on Bloomsday for the past 15 years.

The club reads "Ulysses," "Finnegans Wake" and "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" and other writings of Joyce throughout the year, twice a month, in the homes of members.

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