Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a Book: Irish Arts Center Book Day 2014


School Library Journal editor Daryl Grabarek spotted these chilled but enthusiastic IAC Book Day volunteers on the corner of 7th Ave. and 9th St. (Park Slope, Brooklyn)..

One of Ireland’s greatest exports is its literature. So why not celebrate that great Irish holiday, St. Patrick’s Day, with a book? For the fourth straight year, New York’s Irish Arts Center did  just that, distributing thousands of free Hibernian titles to commuters and school children across the city’s five boroughs. Staffed by volunteers, IAC’s Book Day 2014 (follow on Twitter at #IACBookDay) began at the crack of dawn and continued through the day until the books ran out.

Authors featured in the March 17 handout included Heather Barbieri, Kevin Barry, Maeve Binchy, Jimmy Breslin, Anne-Marie Casey, Frank Delaney, Emma Donoghue, Christine Dwyer Hickey, Anne Enright, Lyndsay Faye, Michèle Forbes, Terry Golway, Pete Hamill, Seamus Heaney, Maeve Higgins, Aidan Higgins, Desmond Hogan, Kevin Holohan, Morgan Llywelyn, Martha Long, Brian Lynch, Alf Mac Lochlainn, Anne McCabe, Colum McCann, James McCourt, Belinda McKeon, Maura Mulligan, Dorothy Nelson, Edna O’Brien, Flann O’Brien, Joseph O’Connor, Rebecca O’Connor, John O’Donohue, Liam O’Flaherty, Patrick O’Keefe, Joseph O’Neill, Leanne O’Sullivan, Peter Quinn, Patrick Taylor,  and Mario Vargas Llosa.

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Wilda "Willy" Williams (wwilliams@mediasourceinc.com) is LJ's Fiction Editor. She specializes in popular fiction and edits the Mystery, Science Fiction, Christian Fiction, and Word on Street Lit columns.