Fiction on Bloomsday at Canio’s Cultural Cafe
Canio's Books, 290 Main Street, Sag Harbor , New York .
Fiction on Bloomsday
“Bloomsday” is a commemoration and celebration of the life of Irish writer James Joyce during which the events of his famous novel Ulysses (which is set on 16 June 1904) are relived. It is observed annually on the same date in Dublin and around the world – including, this year, at Canio’s Books in Sag Harbor.
“From John Steinbeck to Colson Whitehead to Nelson Algren and others, Sag Harbor has served as a home and inspiration to writers,” says Douglas Light, a New York City-based author who will read his original work at Canio’s this coming June 16th. “There is a sense of the idyllic, of the melding of old world with the new that draws writers here,” continues Light, whose new book Girls in Trouble follows on the success of his debut novel, East Fifth Bliss (recently made into a feature film starring Michael C. Hall, Lucy Liu and Peter Fonda). “James Joyce serves as another source of inspiration. His writing is the wellspring of generations of writers.“
John A. McCaffrey, a writer with family roots in Wainscott, will also read at Canio’s on Bloomsday. “My grandmother and grandfather came from Ireland and found a lasting home on the Eastern End of Long Island,” he relates. “I’m very excited to share with the audience a story about their experience.”
The Saturday event at Canio’s begins at 5 pm. In addition to the readings, there will be a Joyce-inspired performance by actor and vocalist Mark Singer.