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Maeve Higgins – Outrageous Women Series

June 2 – Outrageous Women Series – Maeve Higgins

Our Outrageous Women series continues with an evening with Maeve Higgins!

The writer and comedian Maeve Higgins returns to KC for an evening of comedy and storytelling from her brilliantly observed new book Tell Everyone On This Train I Love Them. Maeve’s work appears regularly in The New […]

June 2nd, 2022|Tags: , , |

Walking with Ghosts by Gabriel Byrne

Walking with Ghosts by Gabriel Byrne

As a young boy growing up in the outskirts of Dublin, Gabriel Byrne sought refuge in a world of imagination among the fields and hills near his home, at the edge of a rapidly encroaching city. Born to working class parents and the eldest of six children, he harbored a childhood […]

May 24th, 2022|Tags: , , |

Belfast Girls by Jaki McCarrick

Belfast Girls by Jaki McCarrick

Escaping the Irish famine in 1850 five young women seek passage on a ship to Australia. For many of the ‘orphan girls’ on board, the voyage offers a fresh start. But some girls find they cannot escape the memory of the lives they’ve left behind – and that the closer they get […]

April 26th, 2022|Tags: , , |

A Ghost in the Throat by Doireann Ní Ghríofa

A Ghost in the Throat by Doireann Ní Ghríofa

A true original. In this stunningly unusual prose debut, Doireann Ni Ghriofa sculpts essay and autofiction to explore inner life and the deep connection felt between two writers centuries apart. In the 1700s, an Irish noblewoman, on discovering her husband has been murdered, drinks handfuls of his blood […]

March 22nd, 2022|Tags: , , |

An Evening of Irish Storytelling

An Evening of Irish Storytelling and Music
The KC Irish Center and National Storytellers Network are partnering to bring you an evening of Irish storytelling and music.

Storytelling is woven into the fabric of Irish culture, encompassing everything from the mundane to mythology to true life adventures – which may or may not have been based on […]

March 4th, 2022|Tags: , , |

In the Shelter: Finding a Home in the World by Pádraig Ó Tuama

In the Shelter: Finding a Home in the World by Pádraig Ó Tuama

There’s an old Irish proverb: ‘It is in the shelter of each other that the people live’. In this book much-loved poet, storyteller, theologian and speaker Pádraig Ó Tuama applies ideas of shelter and welcome to journeys of life, using poetry, story, biblical reflection […]

February 22nd, 2022|Tags: , , |

Milkman by Anna Burns

Milkman by Anna Burns

In this unnamed city, to be interesting is dangerous. Middle sister, our protagonist, is busy attempting to keep her mother from discovering her maybe-boyfriend and to keep everyone in the dark about her encounter with Milkman. But when first brother-in-law sniffs out her struggle, and rumours start to swell, middle sister becomes ‘interesting’. […]

January 25th, 2022|Tags: , , |

The Story We Carry in Our Bones by Juliene Osborne-McKnight

The Story We Carry in Our Bones: Irish History for Americans by Juliene Osborne-McKnight

From 3800 B.C. to the twentieth century, this comprehensive history examines the course of Irish-Americans. Celtic legends, the evolution of Christianity, the coming of the Vikings, and the time of the Tudors are just some of the topics covered in these pages. Juilene […]

November 30th, 2021|Tags: , , |

The Guest List by Lucy Foley

The Guest List by Lucy Foley

A wedding celebration turns dark and deadly in this deliciously wicked and atmospheric thriller reminiscent of Agatha Christie from the New York Times bestselling author of The Hunting Party.

The bride – The plus one – The best man – The wedding planner – The bridesmaid – The body

On an island […]

October 26th, 2021|Tags: , , |

Apeirogon by Colum McCann

Apeirogon by Colum McCann

From the National Book Award–winning and bestselling author of Let the Great World Spin comes an epic novel rooted in the unlikely real-life friendship between two fathers.

Bassam Aramin is Palestinian. Rami Elhanan is Israeli. They inhabit a world of conflict that colors every aspect of their lives, from the roads they are […]

September 28th, 2021|Tags: , , |

Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney

Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney

Frances is a coolheaded and darkly observant young woman, vaguely pursuing a career in writing while studying in Dublin. Her best friend is the beautiful and endlessly self-possessed Bobbi. At a local poetry performance one night, they meet a well-known photographer, and as the girls are then gradually drawn into […]

August 24th, 2021|Tags: , , |

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: , , , |

Waking Ned Devine

Waking Ned Devine – May 14
Movie Nights are back at KCIC with the classic Irish film “Waking Ned Devine!” Seating will be limited and spaced to meet COVID protocols.

When Waking Ned Devine was released in 1999, The New York Times raved “We have a winner!” This Irish comedy tells the hilarious – and at times poignant – […]

May 14th, 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: , , , , |