THIS JUST IN: Bloomsday Started Six Minutes Ago!

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WHEN: TODAY, Monday, June 16th from Noon – 7 p.m.

WHERE: Rosenbach Museum & Library, 2008-2010 Delancey Place, Philadelphia

WHAT: The Rosenbach Museum & Library celebrates its 16th annual Bloomsday today. The Rosenbach, home of James Joyce‘s original manuscript for Ulysses, holds this Philadelphia tradition every year on June 16th, drawing hundreds of friends, neighbors, Joyce enthusiasts, book-lovers, and curious passersby to Delancey Place. Bloomsday is free and open to the public and features readings on the steps of the museum from some of the city’s most interesting business, creative, and media personalities, along with a special exhibition of Joyce materials.

WHO: Governor Edward G. Rendell, who will read at 5pm, is among a list of nearly 100 local notables reading this epic work of fiction, along with musical performances from Academy of Vocal Arts singers. A partial schedule of notable readers follows below:
Lynne Abraham (District Attorney of the City of Philadelphia) @ 12:30pm
Susan Muller (Chairman-Elect, Rosenbach Museum & Library) @ 12:45pm
Wendy Warren (Editor, Philly.com) @ 1:05pm
Quinn Bauriedel (Co-Artistic Director, Pig Iron Theatre Company) @ 1:40pm
Bev Aaron (Producer, WPVI-TV) @ 1:50pm
Derick Dreher (Director, Rosenbach Museum & Library) @ 2:15pm
Charles Isdell (Director of Aviation, Philadelphia International Airport) @ 2:55pm
Diane E. Dalto Woosnam (Chair, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts) @ 3:05pm
Happy Craven Fernandez (President, Moore College) @ 4:10pm
Willard Whitson (VP, Exhibits, Please Touch Museum) @ 4:30pm
Ralph Muller (President & CEO, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania) @ 4:35pm
Jim Cotter (Journalist, WRTI-FM) @ 4:45pm
Inga Saffron (Architecture Critic, Philadelphia Inquirer) @ 4:55pm
Ed Rendell (Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania) @ 5:00pm
Marty Moss-Coane (Executive Producer & Host, Radio Times, WHYY) @ 5:15pm
Nathalie F. Anderson (Rosenbach Museum & Library Poet-in-Residence) @ 6:20pm
Drucie McDaniel (Actress, teacher, artistic director, Philadelphia Theatre Caravan) @ 6:30pm

For more information, please call (215) 732-1600 or visit www.rosenbach.org.

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