Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St Patricks Day with Book lists!

What better way to celebrate St Patrick's Day than with a free book? If you are lucky enough to live on the East Coast, you can get one from these locations, and if you live on the West Coast, you can just enjoy the list of Irish authors whose books will delight and entertain you on this happy holiday. My late friend Rosemarie Larson, God rest her soul, would be thrilled, as she was a mighty bibliophile her whole life. Erin Go Bragh! The following is from Shelf Awareness:

In Washington, D.C., Solas Nua will
celebrate the sixth annual Irish Book Day by stationing "one
hundred volunteers around dozens of metro stops in the city from 6 a.m.
until the end of the evening commute and hand out a whopping 10,000
books for free on the streets of D.C. The books are by current Irish
writers and this is our way of celebrating Ireland's national holiday."

The inaugural Irish Arts Center Book Day will take place in New
York City: "Keep an eye out for Book Day volunteers handing out books by
Irish and Irish American authors, free, at subway stops and
transportation hubs across all five boroughs.

The Huffington Post's
readers chose their "favorite books by Irish authors and about all
things Irish. James Joyce of course took the lead, but there were a few

Marjorie Kehe, the Christian Science Monitor's book editor, improved
upon her 2010 list of the "10 best books about Ireland
(which I still stand by)" with five additional titles

For the last word, we go to the old country itself., Ireland's
National Public Service broadcaster, featured a top 10 Irish writers
list, but with this caveat: "Like all Best of... lists, this top ten
invites discourse if not outright criticism. But that's why we love
them. Donal O'Donoghue lays his bets and takes his chances on our
greatest living writers."

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