Literature is one of the things the Irish are famous for, and there are several readings series around the city, where you can hear the writers in their own words.
Rocky Sullivan's is well-known for its readings, which focus on books by the Irish or Irish Americans, every Wednesday night at 8 p.m. In the past, readers have included the Irish novelist Edna O'Brien, the Irish-American satirist Michael Moore, and the McCourts--Malachy and Frank. (129 Lexington Avenue; 212-725-3871)
Barnes & Noble has scheduled a reading by Edward Rutherfurd of his new novel, The Princess of Ireland, on March 19 at 7:30 p.m. (2289 Broadway).
The American Irish Historical Society has two upcoming events. On March 23, Irish-born performance artist Gerard Slamon will present an evening of Drama and Song. On the 24th, Robert McCartney, leader of the Unionist Party in Norther Ireland and a member of the Norther Ireland Assembly, speaks on 'Liberal Democracy and Political Violence: Ireland, North and South, 1922-2004.' Note: seating is limited; you must call the society to reserve a place. (991 Fifth Avenue; 212-288-2263, ext. 31)
Compiled by Linda PerneyCopyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times