Belfast Free Library, 106 High St., offers a summer reading series romp through some of Ireland’s most popular contemporary writers —  Roddy Doyle, Maeve Binchy, Edna O’Brien, Patrick Taylor, John McGahern and John Banville. The series will be facilitated by Del Hickey and David Andrews, retired academics who embraced the Irish culture while living and working in Ireland for six years.

Discussions are set for Tuesdays, July 17, Aug. 28 and Sept. 25 at 6:30 p.m. Readings, a short story or a selection of an author’s work, are provided in advance of each discussion. An annotated bibliography of contemporary Irish literature also will be provided at the first session.

The first readings are available to pick up at the library. Those interested in participating are encouraged to sign up in advance at the main circulation desk of the library or call 338-3884, ext. 10. The July opener offers an overview of contemporary Ireland and Irish writers. The books and authors to be discussed are Doyle and his short story “The Black Hoodie” from “The Deportees and Other Stories” and the chapter “Bill” from Maeve Binchey’s book “Evening Class.”

The August session will feature a discussion of McGahern’s “Amongst Women” and Taylor’s “An Irish Country Girl.” For the third and final meeting, the readings will be from Banville’s “The Sea” and O’Brien’s short story “Saints and Sinners.”

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