Book Club

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Amongst Women by John McGahern

Booker Prize shortlist (1990)
Guinness Peat Aviation Award (1990)- The judge for that year was John Updike.
The Irish Times/Aer Lingus Literary Award (1991)

The novel is set in County Leitrim in the rural midlands of Republic of Ireland. The story spans a period of twenty years in the middle of the twentieth century. It centres on Michael Moran, […]

May 25th, 2021|Tags: , , , |

Constellations: Reflections from Life by Sinéad Gleeson

“These brilliant essays read as if Gleeson has made a vow to her readers to illuminate what it means to live in a human body–for better or for worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health–all the days of her life. Come for the dark jokes and existential dread. Stay for the beauty […]

April 27th, 2021|Tags: , , , , |

Leabhar na hAthghabhála: Poems of Repossession, ed. Louis de Paor

This is the first comprehensive critical anthology of modern poetry in Irish with English translations. It forms a sequel to Seán Ó Tuama and Thomas Kinsella’s pioneering anthology, An Duanaire 1600-1900 / Poems of the Dispossessed (1981), but features many more poems in covering the work of 26 poets from the 20th century. It includes […]

March 23rd, 2021|Tags: , , , , , , |

The Ferryman by Jez Butterworth

“A richly absorbing and emotionally abundant play…An instant classic.” –Independent
“A mighty affair, sending stories, characters, history, politics and love skittering across the floor with the flair of a gambler rolling dice. It’s a stunning piece of writing: teeming with life; haunted by death…Butterworth takes the great family drama and makes it his own.” –Financial Times
“An […]

February 23rd, 2021|Tags: , |

Eggshells by Catriona Lally

Irish Book of the Year Finalist!
An Amazon Best Books of the Year So Far pick!

A whimsical, touching debut about loneliness, friendship and hope…
Vivian doesn’t feel like she fits in – and never has. As a child, she was so whimsical that her parents told her she was “left by fairies.” Now, living alone in Dublin, […]

January 26th, 2021|Tags: , |

Last Stories by William Trevor

With a career that spanned more than half a century, William Trevor is regarded as one of the best writers of short stories in the English language. Now, in Last Stories, the master storyteller delivers ten exquisitely rendered tales-nine of which have never been published in book form-that illuminate the human condition and will surely […]

November 24th, 2020|Tags: , |

Unraveling Oliver by Liz Nugent

“Searing, searching, finally scorching. Think Making a Murderer via Patricia Highsmith: an elegant kaleidoscope novel that refines and combines multiple perspectives until its subject is brought into indelible, tragic focus.” –A. J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window
“Pitch-black and superbly written.” –Ruth Ware, New York Times bestselling author […]

October 27th, 2020|Tags: , , , |

Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe

WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FOR NONFICTION
A NEW YORK TIMES TOP TEN BOOK OF THE YEAR
LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD
WINNER OF THE ORWELL PRIZE
BEST NONFICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR – TIME MAGAZINE
A WASHINGTON POST TOP TEN BOOK OF THE YEAR
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Named a best book of the year by The […]

September 22nd, 2020|Tags: , , , , |

Normal People by Sally Rooney

NOW A HULU ORIGINAL SERIES – NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER – “A stunning novel about the transformative power of relationships” (People) from the author of Conversations with Friends, “a master of the literary page-turner” (J. Courtney Sullivan).

ONE OF THE TEN BEST NOVELS OF THE DECADE–Entertainment Weekly

TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR–People, Slate, The New York […]

August 25th, 2020|Tags: |

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

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As you know, we meet on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 6 pm, September through May. Some refreshments are provided, and you’re welcome to bring your own nosh to share.

I ask that you also please also renew your Irish Center membership – or become a member, or at […]

May 26th, 2020|Tags: , |

Half-Open Door, poems by James Finnegan

Half-Open Door,  poems by James Finnegan

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As you know, we meet on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 6 pm, September through May. Some refreshments are provided, and you’re welcome to bring your own nosh to share.

I ask that you also please also renew your Irish Center membership – or become a member, or at least make a donation to the […]

April 28th, 2020|Tags: |

The Speckled People, a memoir by Hugo Hamilton

The Speckled People, a memoir by Hugo Hamilton

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As you know, we meet on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 6 pm, September through May. Some refreshments are provided, and you’re welcome to bring your own nosh to share.

I ask that you also please also renew your Irish Center membership – or become a member, or at least make a donation to […]

March 24th, 2020|Tags: |

The Thing about December, a novel by Donal Ryan

The Thing about December, a novel by Donal Ryan

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As you know, we meet on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 6 pm, September through May. Some refreshments are provided, and you’re welcome to bring your own nosh to share.

I ask that you also please also renew your Irish Center membership – or become a member, or at least make a […]

February 25th, 2020|Tags: |

This Must be the Place, a novel by Maggie O’Farrell

This Must be the Place, a novel by Maggie O’Farrell

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As you know, we meet on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 6 pm, September through May. Some refreshments are provided, and you’re welcome to bring your own nosh to share.

I ask that you also please also renew your Irish Center membership – or become a member, or at least make a […]

January 28th, 2020|Tags: |

Red Branch by Morgan Llewelyn

Red Branch (a retelling of Irish myths in novel form) by Morgan Llewelyn

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As you know, we meet on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 6 pm, September through May. Some refreshments are provided, and you’re welcome to bring your own nosh to share.

I ask that you also please also renew your Irish Center membership – or become a member, or […]

November 26th, 2019|Tags: |

Under the Hawthorne Tree/Lieutenant of Inishmore

Under the Hawthorne Tree by Marita Conlon McKenna and/or Lieutenant of Inishmore by Martin McDonagh   (you get to choose to read either the children’s story or the adult-themed comedy, or both.  Each of these is short & should be a quick read)

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As you know, we meet on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 6 pm, September through May. Some refreshments are provided, and […]

October 22nd, 2019|Tags: |

From the Bottom Up by Pat O’Neill

From the Bottom Up: the Story of the Irish in Kansas City by Pat O’Neill
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As you know, we meet on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 6 pm, September through May. Some refreshments are provided, and you’re welcome to bring your own nosh to share.

I ask that you also please also renew your Irish Center membership – or become […]

September 24th, 2019|Tags: , |

Broken Harbour by Tana French

Books, Brews and Blarney: An Irish Book Club

Join us for a lively discussion.  Free, but we encourage membership to the KCIC.

Please confirm your attendance via phone: 816.474.3848 or email: [email protected] to ensure you have a seat.

October 24th, 2017|Tags: |

“Let the Great World Spin” by Colum McCann

Join us for a discussion of the piece. The cost is free. The club is open to the public, and everyone is welcome. Please join us for one or all of the book discussions! We’ll put the kettle on for tea, and Guinness is on tap (the Irish Center does ask for a donation for drinks […]

May 30th, 2017|Tags: , |

“Translations” by Brian Friel

Join us for a discussion of the piece. The cost is free. The club is open to the public, and everyone is welcome. Please join us for one or all of the book discussions! We’ll put the kettle on for tea, and Guinness is on tap (the Irish Center does ask for a donation for drinks […]

April 25th, 2017|Tags: , |

Cré na Cille / Graveyard Clay / The Dirty Dust

Choose 1:

Cré na Cille (in Irish) by Máirtín Ó Cadhain …or
Graveyard Clay translated by Liam Mac Con Iomaire…or
The Dirty Dust translated by Alan Titley

Join us for a discussion of the piece. The cost is free. The club is open to the public, and everyone is welcome. Please join us for one or all of the book discussions! We’ll put the kettle […]

March 28th, 2017|Tags: |

“Proxopera” by Benedict Kiely

Join us for a discussion of the piece. The cost is free. The club is open to the public, and everyone is welcome. Please join us for one or all of the book discussions! We’ll put the kettle on for tea, and Guinness is on tap (the Irish Center does ask for a donation for drinks […]

February 28th, 2017|Tags: , |

“Spill, Simmer, Falter, Wither” by Sara Baume

Join us for a discussion of the piece. The cost is free. The club is open to the public, and everyone is welcome. Please join us for one or all of the book discussions! We’ll put the kettle on for tea, and Guinness is on tap (the Irish Center does ask for a donation for drinks […]

January 31st, 2017|Tags: , |

A Frank O’Connor Reader

Join us for a discussion of the piece. The cost is free. The club is open to the public, and everyone is welcome. Please join us for one or all of the book discussions! We’ll put the kettle on for tea, and Guinness is on tap (the Irish Center does ask for a donation for drinks […]

November 29th, 2016|Tags: , |

“Academy Street” by Mary Costello

Join us for a discussion of the piece. The cost is free. The club is open to the public, and everyone is welcome. Please join us for one or all of the book discussions! We’ll put the kettle on for tea, and Guinness is on tap (the Irish Center does ask for a donation for drinks […]

October 25th, 2016|Tags: , |