Sean Kirst, nationally recognized Post Standard columnist and Sister Kathleen Osbelt, director of Francis House, the Syracuse Hospice will be among 16 Special Guests at the 16th Bloomsday of the Syracuse James Joyce Club, it was announced today by Kay O. Ellis, executive producer of the Special Guest program.
Bloomsday, which is the annual celebration of the worldwide reading of Ulysses, Joyce's masterpiece, will be held at the W. Carroll Coyne Center for the Performing Arts on the Le Moyne College campus on June 16. The Special Guest program will begin at 12 noon and will be followed at 2 p.m. with the awarding of the James Joyce Scholarship Awards for essays and short stories by college and high school students.
The reading of Ulysses, which literary scholars voted the No.1 novel of the 20th Century,will follow and will be presented by members of the local Joyce Club. The reading will end at 10 p.m. Admission is free. Food and drink are available.
The Special Guest program is modeled on the Dublin Bloomsday and it allows CNY people in the world of art, literature, public service,music,media, academia, theatre and politics to read five minutes from any of the writings of Joyce.
Kirst and Sr. Kathleen join Syracuse Symphony Conductor Daniel Hege and Common Council president Bea Gonzalez, who have recently been selected. Twelve more guests will be added to this list.
Kirst, who has been a widely-read PS columnist for several years, recently won the national Ernie Pyle Award for outstanding feature and column writing. He is a native of Dunkirk, a suburb of Buffalo, and has worked on several Upstate New York newspapers.
He came to the Post-Standard in 1990 and despite "all the knuckleheaded politics I've seen around this town my family and I have fallen in love with it," he writes.