Upcoming Dates


Ireland has a rich literary past and present, and the Books, Brews & Blarney Irish Book Club exists to have fun exploring Irish literature! Most of the books we read are by authors who were born in Ireland or who lived there. Occasionally we read books by Irish Americans or books set in Ireland by authors of other nationalities. We try to cover a variety of viewpoints and styles, and we hope that anyone who likes to read will find something here.

Join Us for Books, Brews & Blarney
The book club meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month, August/September-November and January-May, at 6:00 pm. Specific readings are listed in the Club Schedule to the right.

FREE. KCIC Membership is highly encouraged. RSVP is required: contact Christine through the link to the right.

If you, like me, enjoy #shoppinglocal and giving independent bookstores your business, may I present a couple of ideas for acquiring this year’s books:

Wise Blood Booksellers
This is an opened bookshop in Westport, located inside Mills Record Company. They would be willing to put in an order for anyone who’s interested in buying their books from the store. To do that, you can email [email protected], and they’ll hook you up!
This is an online bookseller that donates profits to independent bookstores around the country. Also, authors, bookshops and clubs like us can have their own page, and 10% of purchases made through that page go to the club! Here’s our list there:

Tue 25

Milkman by Anna Burns

January 25, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Tue 22
Tue 22

A Ghost in the Throat by Doireann Ní Ghríofa

March 22, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Tue 26

Belfast Girls by Jaki McCarrick

April 26, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Tue 24

Walking with Ghosts by Gabriel Byrne

May 24, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Christine Pivovar
Christine PivovarBook Club Facilitator
I’m a transplant to Kansas City from Omaha with a lifelong love of books. I have an MFA in creative writing from UMKC and work as a product designer at a software company. My connection to Irish literature: I took a James Joyce class in graduate school, and I never looked back.
John Kerrigan
John KerriganBook Club Facilitator
My work as a professor in the English Department at Rockhurst University, includes courses in my specialty, 20th/21st century Irish literature. I’ve been involved with the Center in many small roles nearly since the early 2000s, including as a Board member from 2014-2019. As a member of the American Conference for Irish Studies, I helped to organize regional and national meetings held here in Kansas City.