St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated annually on March 17, the anniversary of his death in the fifth century. The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for over 1,000 years. More than 100 St. Patrick’s Day parades are held across the United States; New York City and Boston are home to the largest celebrations. One icon of the Irish holiday is the Leprechaun. Belief in leprechauns probably stems from Celtic belief in fairies, tiny men and women who could use their magical powers to serve good or evil.

Ireland is a country with a rich storytelling tradition and has a deep and impressive history of great literature. From Sally Rooney to Maggie O’Farrell, you’re sure to find an author to celebrate. Browse below for more inspiration and visit us to find books by these famous authors and more!

Bram Stoker – inspired the vampire genre

Frank McCourt – won a Pulitzer Prize for his book Angela’s Ashes

Maeve Binchy – known for her descriptive characters and twist endings

C. S. Lewis – created a world of imagination

Oscar Wilde – known for his flamboyant fashion and writing style

James Joyce – one of the most influential writers of the 20th century, including his epic work Ulysses

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