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Six authors will write the first chapter of literature at the Dublin Irish Festival.
As the festival celebrates its 25th anniversary Aug. 3-5 in Dublin's Coffman Park, the event will have its inaugural Irish Authors' Corner.
Dublin Events Administrator Mary Jo DiSalvo said literature is often a part of other Irish festivals the events staff has visited.
"We noticed last year at the Milwaukee festival that they have a nice author's area," DiSalvo said.
"People liked getting to talk to them about Irish literature and their books and getting their books signed.
"Literature has always been an important part of Ireland. We thought we wanted to bring that part of Irish culture to the event for the 25th anniversary."
The Irish Authors' Corner will offer a more intimate experience than the storytelling area of the festival.
"It will be like book stores where you go and meet the author, buy a book and have it signed," DiSalvo said.
A partnership with the Columbus Metropolitan Library has the work of the authors that will be a part of this year's festival displayed at local libraries. Festival guests will also have a chance to purchase a book at the event.
"They'll have an opportunity to purchase books on site," said event assistant Sara O'Malley, noting that German Village bookstore The Book Loft will be on hand at the festival.
Authors for the new festival addition were chosen through research, DiSalvo said.
"We just started with big names," she said, noting she contacted an author who appeared at Scottish Corners Elementary School years ago and Mary Higgins Clark.
"We found authors we thought would have a mass appeal," DiSalvo said. "We picked books for all ages, an academic book about the history and other interesting novels."
Authors chosen include Rockin the Bronx, Liverpool Fantasy and Green Suede Shoes author Larry Kirwan, who is also the lead singer and a guitar player for a festival-favorite band, Black 47, that will also be performing this year; Arthur Cola, author of books including The Brooch, The Leprechaun King and The Stone Cutter Genius; The Irish Americans: A History author Jay Dolan; Mary Carter, author of The Pub Across the Pond; John O'Brien, author of Festival Legends: Songs and Stories, the People Who Made the Music that Defined a People; and Kevin O'Hara, author of A Lucky Irish Lad and Last of the Donkey Pilgrims.
Carter's book, The Pub Across the Pond, features the Dublin Irish Festival and the event is the vehicle that allows the main character to win a pub in Ireland.
"It's a great coincidence," Carter said. "I'm originally from Ohio.
"When I was writing my book, I knew all about the festival. I think I was there once when I was a kid, but I thought it would be the perfect way for her (the main character) to win the pub in the novel."
Carter, who lived in Kent and Columbus before moving to New York after high school, said she's looking forward to checking out the festival when not at the authors' corner.
"I can't wait to see all the bands and booths," she said. "I have friends from Ohio that are coming to see me, too."
Carter has a few other titles under her belt, but The Pub Across the Pond is her first Irish book. The Irish festival will also be the first she's appeared at as an author.
Barb Burkholder, who has also helped put together the Irish Authors' Corner, said those chosen to attend range from children's authors to people on the New York Times best-sellers list.
Burkholder is currently reading O'Hara's work.
"It's hysterical," she said of Last of the Donkey Pilgrims.
"His other book won the Kennedy award," Burkholder said.
"I feel that we have a good cross section of people coming," DiSalvo said.
The authors' corner could take on a different format after festival visitors and authors are surveyed this year, but DiSalvo said it should return beyond the 25th anniversary.
"We like to do things and see how it goes and see if there is demand," she said. "This is a soft introduction to literature."