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The Book Stall, an independent bookstore at 811 Elm Street in Winnetka. Welcomes author Mary Pat Kelly on Sunday, March 10th at 2 PM, as we celebrate the release of her new novel, Irish Above All.  Joining Mary Pat for this program will be singer Catherine O'Connell, who specializes in classic Irish tunes.  What a great way to kick off your St. Patty's Day week! This event is free and open to the public. We ask that you buy your books from The Book Stall if you intend on entering the book-signing queue.

In Irish Above All, Irish-American Nora Kelly is at last returning home. Her skill as a photographer will help her cousin Ed Kelly in his rise to Mayor of Chicago. But when she captures the moment an assassin's bullet narrowly misses President-elect Franklin Roosevelt and strikes Anton Cermak in February 1933, she enters a world of international intrigue and danger. She must balance family obligations against her encounters with larger-than-life historical characters and the circle of women who surround F.D.R. Nora moves through the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, and World War II, but it's an unexpected trip to Ireland that transforms her life.

Author and filmmaker Mary Pat Kelly is the author of the novels Galway Bay and Of Irish Blood. She is a frequent contributor to Irish America Magazine. As a filmmaker her credits include Proud starring Ossie Davis and Stephen Rea, three award-winning PBS documentaries, and work in television for Good Morning America and Saturday Night Live. A graduate of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, Kelly received her PhD in English from the CUNY Graduate Center. Named one of the Top-100 Irish Americans, she was born and raised in Chicago and lives in New York.

Singer Catherine O'Connell grew up in Chicago. Catherine developed her distinctive style and dramatic stage presence by performing in dozens of pubs, saloons and cabarets in Chicago, New York and the Caribbean. Leaving the club scene to raise three boys, she switched direction in her career to focus on more intimate spaces in the city and suburbs, where the emotional impact of her singing has gathered her a large and devoted following. The Chicago Tribune's Rick Kogan says, "Catherine is an original, as gifted a singer and as sensitive a performer as I have ever heard and seen. She might easily have become a star in the New York scene but, God love her, she's tied to our town." From saloons to Symphony Center, chapels to cathedrals, funeral homes to festival halls, Catherine has touched the hearts and lifted the spirits of thousands of Chicagoans.

For more information about this event, or to reserve a signed copy of  Irish Above All, contact The Book Stall, 847-446-8880, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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