If you’re around a DC metro stop today and you’re lucky, you could get one of the 10,000 free books by Irish writers being handed out by a hundred volunteers. It’s Solas Nua’s way of celebrating Irish writers, and they’ve been doing it since 2006. Some of the titles included this year are The Master by Colm Toibin, Netherland by Joseph O’Neill, Slammerkin by Emma Donoghue as well as books by children’s author, Eoin Colfer.
The folks to thanks for this annual bounty, besides Linda Murray (shown here) and the folks at Solas Nua are Culture Ireland and donations from Harper Collins, Poetry Ireland, the Verbal Arts Centre (Derry), Picador, Random House and the Irish Arts Council.
If you’d like to weigh the odds in your favor of finding a treasure, you can follow the Solas Nua crew on Twitter: @solasnuacht.
But, wait, there’s more. You’ll not want to be heading home with that free book just yet, for there’s hilarity going on at their 3rd Annual St. Patrick’s Day party at Source, 1835 14th St. NW, Washington, DC. Here’s how they describe it.
“Tonight, Solas Nua pairs up with Washington Improv Theatre and Daisy O’Danny of the incomparable O’Danny Girls to bring you the funniest most spontaneous Irish-ish celebration you can imagine: an improvised wake, scene mash-ups with Solas and WIT actors, bawdy songs with Daisy O’Danny, a ‘so you think you’re irish?’ quiz, limericks inspired by the audience, the legendary riverdance contest. ”
And did we mention there’s free beer and snacks?
Tickets are $20 and they’ll most likely go fast.
And check out the Solas Nua site for more news.