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“The Book of Killowen: Mysteries of the Irish Scribes” with Author Erin Hart

  • Plymouth Congregational Church 1900 Nicollet Avenue Minneapolis, MN, 55403 United States (map)

(It is free to attend this program. Visitors are welcome to attend to see if they would like to join our guild. For more info, please follow this link. The actual program begins at 1:00, but you are invited to join us at 12:30 for a social time during which you can visit the library table, the demo corner, the Show and Share table, and have refreshments.)


In doing research for her novels in Ireland, Erin Hart learned about things like “marginalia notes and drawings, ink and pigment sources, and the deposition of ancient manuscripts in book shrines”—just the things that interest calligraphers! In this novel, she and her characters ask the question of what defines a book. “We have debates now about whether a book is a physical object, or a collection of words and ideas.”  Erin will show digital images of the setting in Ireland where she carried out research for this book. Erin is also an accomplished singer of Celtic music and has promised us a few Irish tunes! Her books and CD’s will be available as well. 

About Erin Hart

Erin Hart writes archaeological crime novels set mainly in the shadowy boglands of Ireland. Haunted Ground, the first in her Nora Gavin/Cormac Maguire series won the Friends of American Writers Award, was shortlisted for mystery’s prestigious Anthony and Agatha awards, and translated into eleven foreign languages. Other novels in the series (Lake of Sorrows, False Mermaid, The Book of Killowen) have been Minnesota Book Award Finalists, and included in many annual lists of Top Ten Crime Novels by ALA/Booklist and others. 

Erin was named “Minnesota’s Best Mystery Writer” by the Star Tribune in 2012. Originally from Rochester, Minnesota, she earned a B.A. in theater from Saint Olaf College, and a master’s degree in Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota. She lives in Saint Paul with her husband, Irish button accordion legend Paddy O’Brien, and travels frequently to Ireland, leading tours, and carrying out essential research in bogs and cow pastures and castles and pubs.

Read more about Erin Hart here.

Demo Corner:

Take a look at Maddy Haigh’s renditions of copperplate styles and other scripts written with various brush pens.