Annual Bloomsday Celebration • June 16
Mechanics Library, Friday, June 16, 2017 – 6:00pm.
Eat, Read, Drink, and Walk on the Wild Side of Dublin! The evening begins with a special Bloomsday menu with lively musical interludes featuring a Celtic music ensemble with singers Melanie O’Reilly, Esther Mulligan, & John Ilyin; and Michael Booi Volk (mandolin), and Pat Duffey (guitar). This is a community reading of Ulysses by James Joyce — so, bring your book and be ready to read and share your favorite short passages at table.
Bloomsday attire is welcome. Advance Reservations Required. Limited Seating.
Cost of admission includes dinner and libations. more
Bloomsday with Thomas Lynch • Berkeley
Lynch reads from James Joyce’s “Ulysses.” 2 p.m. Mrs. Dalloway’s, 2904 College Ave., Berkeley. (510) 704-8222. www.mrsdalloways.com.
Poet Judy Wells & Friends • June 20
Judy Wells, Dale Jensen, Lynn Ireland, Carol Sheldon, Gabrielle Rilleau, and Susan Robinson will read Tuesday, June 20th, at
7 pm at Larkspur Library, 400 Magnolia Avenue, in Larkspur with the Marin Traveling Show hosted by Prartho Sereno.
Judy Wells’ latest poetry collection, The Glass Ship (Sugartown, 2014), completes her trilogy of Irish-themed works, including Everything Irish and Call Home (Scarlet Tanager Books). She has three works-in-progress: “Dear Phebe,” her New England-to-California Dickinson ancestor project, “The Old People Monologues from A-Z,” and “Night at the Musée d’Orsay: Poems of Paris and other Great European Cities.” more
Colm Tóibín, JCC SF • June 21
“His generation’s most gifted writer of love’s complicated, contradictory power”
– Los Angeles Times
Acclaimed Irish writer Colm Tóibín is the author of nine novels including Brooklyn and Nora Webster and has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize three times. His literary subjects have included the imagined inner life of Henry James and the life of Mary, the mother of Jesus. In his new novel, House of Names, Tóibín brings his modern sensibility to the story of Clytemnestra, the vengeful wife of Ancient Greece’s King Agamemnon. Jewish Community Center, San Francisco. June 21st.
Mark Hull at City Lights • June 12 (event has passed)
Masquerade: Treason, the Holocaust, and an Irish Impostor – City Lights 7pm
The life of Rosaleen James changed many times as she followed a convoluted path from abandoned child, to foster daughter of an aristocratic British family, to traitor during World War II, to her emergence as a full Irish woman afterward. In Masquerade, authors Mark M. Hull and Vera Moynes tell James’s story as it unfolds against the backdrop of the most important events of the twentieth century. James’s life—both real and imagined—makes for an incredible but true story.By altering her identity to suit the situation, James manipulated almost everyone she encountered: the German intelligence service, the Nazi propaganda broadcasting service, British intelligence, and various Irish cultural groups. She was in a liaison with Irish writer Francis Stuart and, with him, provided a voice for Nazi radio programs aimed at neutral Ireland, served as the pseudo-Irish expert for German espionage missions, and participated in the failed, almost comical effort to recruit Irish prisoners of war to join the Nazis against Great Britain—quite a series of performances, considering her only contact with Ireland had been a weeklong visit in 1937. more