This sounds like a fun literary event: Upshur Street Books and Petworth Citizen have organized a 30-hour marathon reading of James Joyce's Ulysses for Bloomsday, a celebration of Joyce's life. Along with the reading, there will be good and drink and Irish whiskey, which makes sense.
The event is mostly at Third Floor, the event space upstairs from Slim's Diner at Georgia and Upshur. Slim's isn't open yet but Third Floor is. There's also part of the celebration at Petworth Citizen down Upshur Street. The readers include folks from NPR, local actors, and more. Last year's included some of the staff from Room 11, Petworth Citizen and their related bars and restaurants.
Here's more from their Facebook invite:
For the second year running, Upshur Street Books and Petworth Citizenare proud to pair up for BLOOMSDAY, a celebration of the author James Joyce. We'll be doing a marathon reading of ULYSSES starting at 5pm Wednesday the 15th and finishing up around 12am Thursday. This year we're also excited to partner with Third Floor, where some of the readings will take place (see below for location schedule).
Food by Chef Jerry Zawacki and drinks (including Irish whiskey of course) will be available in both locations.
We'll have many many special guests reading passages - look for NPR personalities, professional storytellers, local actors and performers (hello Pointless Theatre Co. Rorschach Theatre and We Happy Few Productions), and many more!
LOCATION SCHEDULE: (all times approximate)5pm-11pm Weds: THIRD FLOOR. 4200 9th St NW11pm Weds - 12pm Thurs: PETWORTH CITIZEN12pm-12am Thurs: THIRD FLOOR