Next Event
The Irish Literary & Literary Society is pleased to partner with BookShop West Portal on June 25th, 2015 at 7pm where author Mary Pat Kelly will introduce her latest novel Of Irish Blood at BookShop West Portal, 80 West Portal Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94127. 415.564.8080

It’s 1903. Nora Kelly, twenty-four, is talented, outspoken, progressive, and climbing the ladder of opportunity, until she falls for an attractive but dangerous man who sends her running back to the Old World her family had fled. Nora takes on Paris, mixing with couturiers, artists, and "les femmes Americaines" of the Left Bank such as Gertrude Stein and Sylvia Beach. But when she stumbles into the centuries-old Collège des Irlandais, a good-looking scholar, an unconventional priest, and Ireland’s revolutionary women challenge Nora to honor her Irish blood and join the struggle to free Ireland.
Author Mary Pat Kelly weaves historical characters such as Maud Gonne, William Butler Yeats, Countess Markievicz, Michael Collins, and Eamon de Valera, as well as Gabrielle Chanel, Gertrude Stein, James Joyce, and Nora Barnicle, into Of Irish Blood, a vivid and compelling story inspired by the life of her great-aunt.

Speaker Series:
We are on hiatus through the summer and will resume our Speaker Series on Sunday September 25th.  Speaker to be announced. 

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E-Book - Our publication The Irish of the San Francisco Bay Area - Essays on Good Fortune is now available as an E-Book. Click here to preview and download

The Irish Literary & Historical Society (ILHS) of the San Francisco Bay Area provides an open, nonsectarian, and nonpolitical forum for the presentation and discussion of Irish and Irish-American culture. The ILHS hosts a speaker series at which invited speakers explore Irish arts, literature, history, society, and culture. In March, the Society hosts its annual St. Patrick’s Banquet, featuring a guest speaker and an evening of Irish music, song, and poetry.More

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