It’s June 16, the celebrated day of James Joyce’s Ulysses, during which Leopold Bloom wanders through Dublin. June 16 is also the day on which Bloom met his wandering wife Molly.
Traditional Joyce fans attempt to read the entire Ulysses (or parts of it) in a 24-hour period on this day. Digital celebrations also exist, including representations of Joyce’s text in both bar codes and tweets. The tweets divide the novel into 96 15-minute sections. For more, see this NPR story. Book historians may prefer to celebrate this day by looking at the history of Ulysses‘s book covers here.
My heavily annotated 1946 Modern Library hardback, lovingly rebound by a marvelous librarian at UNC (the always-to-be-admired Rachel Frew), is still my favorite way of reading Joyce’s novel.