Upcoming Literary Events

Literary Events Archive

Eat, Read, Drink, and Walk on the Wild Side of Dublin! The evening begins with a special Bloomsday menu with lively musical interludes featuring a Celtic music ensemble with singers Melanie O’Reilly, Esther Mulligan, & John Ilyin; and Michael Booi Volk (mandolin), and Pat Duffey (guitar). This is a community reading of Ulysses by James Joyce — so, bring your book and be ready to read and share your favorite short passages at table.

Bloomsday attire is welcome. Advance Reservations Required. Limited Seating.

Cost of admission includes dinner and libations. more

Bloomsday with Thomas Lynch • Berkeley

Lynch reads from James Joyce’s “Ulysses.” 2 p.m. Mrs. Dalloway’s, 2904 College Ave., Berkeley. (510) 704-8222. www.mrsdalloways.com.

Poet Judy Wells & Friends • June 20

Judy Wells, Dale Jensen, Lynn Ireland, Carol Sheldon, Gabrielle Rilleau, and Susan Robinson will read Tuesday, June 20th, at
7 pm at Larkspur Library, 400 Magnolia Avenue, in Larkspur with the Marin Traveling Show hosted by Prartho Sereno.

Judy Wells’ latest poetry collection, The Glass Ship (Sugartown, 2014), completes her trilogy of Irish-themed works, including Everything Irish and Call Home (Scarlet Tanager Books). She has three works-in-progress: “Dear Phebe,” her New England-to-California Dickinson ancestor project, “The Old People Monologues from A-Z,” and “Night at the Musée d’Orsay: Poems of Paris and other Great European Cities.” more

Colm Tóibín, JCC SF • June 21

“His generation’s most gifted writer of love’s complicated, contradictory power”
Los Angeles Times

Acclaimed Irish writer Colm Tóibín is the author of nine novels including Brooklyn and Nora Webster and has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize three times. His literary subjects have included the imagined inner life of Henry James and the life of Mary, the mother of Jesus. In his new novel, House of Names, Tóibín brings his modern sensibility to the story of Clytemnestra, the vengeful wife of Ancient Greece’s King Agamemnon. Jewish Community Center, San Francisco. June 21st.


Mark Hull at City Lights • June 12 (event has passed)

Masquerade: Treason, the Holocaust, and an Irish Impostor – City Lights 7pm

The life of Rosaleen James changed many times as she followed a convoluted path from abandoned child, to foster daughter of an aristocratic British family, to traitor during World War II, to her emergence as a full Irish woman afterward. In Masquerade, authors Mark M. Hull and Vera Moynes tell James’s story as it unfolds against the backdrop of the most important events of the twentieth century. James’s life—both real and imagined—makes for an incredible but true story.By altering her identity to suit the situation, James manipulated almost everyone she encountered: the German intelligence service, the Nazi propaganda broadcasting service, British intelligence, and various Irish cultural groups. She was in a liaison with Irish writer Francis Stuart and, with him, provided a voice for Nazi radio programs aimed at neutral Ireland, served as the pseudo-Irish expert for German espionage missions, and participated in the failed, almost comical effort to recruit Irish prisoners of war to join the Nazis against Great Britain—quite a series of performances, considering her only contact with Ireland had been a weeklong visit in 1937. more


Eanlaí Cronin Workshops


Alameda-based Irish writer Eanlaí Cronin’s workshops are based on the Amherst Writers and Artists Method, which believes that every person is a writer, and every writer deserves a safe environment in which to experiment, learn, and develop craft. Each workshop drops writers easily and instantly into the core content asking to be written through them, whether it is poetry, fiction, memoir or journal and process writing. Participants write to carefully prepared prompts designed to prime the creative pump, read their work aloud (though not required), and give and receive positive feedback using a simple and skillful AWA format. Open to writers of all ability levels.

Upcoming dates:
4 Tuesday evenings:  June 6, 13, 20, 27, 2017, 6.15-9.00 pm ($240)
4 Wednesday mornings: June 7, 14, 21, 28, 2017, 10.00 am-1.00 pm ($240)

No previous writing experience is required. Just book your place in advance and take the Amherst Writers and Artists Method for a test drive.

Have questions? Email Eanlai at eanlaicronin@gmail.com for more information or to save your spot .

“The time spent in Eanlai’s writing workshop has been a profound healing experience for me. Eanlai creates a space for creativity with the freedom to express yourself without inhibition.  The healing is not just from my own writing, but from hearing the words and wisdom of the other writers in the group.  It is mystical.” – Sharon Kuhn, Fremont, CA


Kevin Starr • 1940 – 2017

State historian Kevin Starr told many stories in his day – in a dozen books, as California state librarian emeritus, and as former professor at the University of Southern California. Among the tales of which he was most proud was his ancestry, as a fourth-generation San Franciscan who traces his roots to Ireland’s County Roscommon with the emigration of a grandfather in the 1850s. See full NYT obit

Tom Hayden • 1939 – 2016

Tom Hayden, who passed away October 23, 2016, was an iconic figure in America’s anti-war movement and a campaigner over many years for peace and justice in Northern Ireland. He led an extraordinary life of organizing, writing, and political reform. He put himself on the line during Mississippi Summer in 1964, was a principal opponent of the Vietnam War, a defendant in the Chicago Seven trial, and served nearly 20 years in the California legislature. He was the principal author in 1962 of the founding manifesto of Students for a Democratic Society. wiki

Eddie Stack • 1950-2016


Eddie Stack, admired writer, talented musician, beloved teacher at The Program in Celtic Studies at UC-Berkeley, and a friend to many, left us on July 4, 2016. Eddie was co-founder of the Celtic Festival that provided a vital cultural link for thousands of young Irish emigrants in the 1990s.

The Co. Clare native, trained as a civil engineer but is better known for his writing and for his work on documenting and promoting Irish culture and heritage. See full Irish Times obituary

Renee Gibbons • 1945-2015


Born in a Dublin tenement, she escaped to Paris when she was seventeen where she fell in with actors, writers and musicians. Restless and full of dreams she spent years working her way around the world. On a ship bound for Egypt with her year-old daughter Aisling she met and fell in love with a longshoreman from San Francisco, the city where she spent the rest of her life. Her memoir, ‘Longing for Elsewhere‘, explores the themes entangled in her journey: identity, adventure, creativity, the burden of history and the passion for justice.

Writer, singer and actress Renée Gibbons passed away December 20th, 2015 after a long battle with cancer. See obit here