Countdown to Irish Book Day

Dennis Houlihan, President of Solas Nua and producer of Irish Book Day counts down to the event and gives us some insight into the process of creating and distributing What's the Story?

Dennis Houlihan photo by Kate Flannery

Dennis Houlihan photo by Kate Flannery

A Pot of Literary Gold for D.C. Commuters on St. Patrick’s Day.  This is how Ron Charles, Deputy Editor of the Washington Post Book Section, described our What's the Story?  this morning in his blog. What a great way to start the final countdown for our 9th annual Irish Book Day

The tens of thousands of books we have given away over the years has sparked conversations across the city about Ireland past and present, about reading and writing, about arts old and new.  The books have deepened personal connections to Ireland, brought back memories of trips, and inspired dreams of traveling to Ireland.

Tomorrow (March 15th) we will gather at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library to put bookmarks in about 8,000 copies of What's the Story?  Then they go on to the Irish Book Day truck, and then to you. When you get your free copy on Monday, St. Patrick’s Day, whether it be on the street or from one of our storefront friends, tweet or post what you think on Facebook using #whatsthestory.  We really want to know what’s the story.

Dennis Houlihan presents What's the Story to Taoiseach Enda Kenney.

Dennis Houlihan presents What's the Story to Taoiseach Enda Kenney.

This is the first time we have published our own book.  We partnered with Declan Meade, editor of The Stinging Fly in Dublin, to develop a sampler of short stories and poetry.  It will fit in your pocket or bag so you can read it on the bus, on the Metro, at lunch or before you turn in at night.  By the time you finish What's the Story?  you will have met thirteen new Irish authors.

It doesn’t have to stop there, however.  Join us at the Solas Nua Book Club on April 14th, 7 pm, Teaism - Penn Quarter, where the book-of-the-month is What's the Story?  You join Solas Nua Book Club Facebook group too.

Special thanks to the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities for their generous support of Irish Book Day.