This bold poster honors bold literature; specifically, the novel Ulysses by Irish author James Joyce. The occasion was June 16, 2004, the centennial of Bloomsday, the fictional day on which Joyce’s epic novel takes place. In 2004, thousands took to the streets in Dublin, following in the footsteps of protagonist Leopold Bloom; in Chicago, the Irish American Heritage Center celebrated with “Bloomsday 100,” a week-long festival for the once banned novel critics dubbed “The Book of the 20th Century.”
An evocative portrait of Joyce, in an image and in his own words, provides energetic inspiration that promoted concerts, films, discussions, tours, readings and more. Park Ridge resident Catherine Kenney, director of the Irish American Heritage Center, was delighted to learn that this poster was featured on BBC Dublin television.