Readings, Book Signings, Etc.

“This program was unique—fascinating! The two authors and the music all tied in together in remarkable ways for an outstanding presentation—one of the best author events of the many I have attended.”—Audience member, Roseau (MN) Public Library

Erin often does public readings and signing appearances accompanied by her husband, Irish musician Paddy O'Brien. Paddy plays amazing Irish traditional music on two-row button accordion, and can also talk about and read from his recent memoir, THE ROAD FROM CASTLEBARNAGH, about growing up in rural Ireland in the 1950s and 60s.

If you would like Erin to speak at your bookstore, university, writer's conference, book club, book club, book festival or other gathering, please contact her here.

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May 14-June 18, Thursdays, 10:00-11:30 am
Writing from Memory—Memoir Class
History Theatre
30 10th Street East
Saint Paul, MN 55101
(651) 292-4323
Six sessions: May 14, 21, 28, June 4, 11, 18. Join author and teaching artist Erin Hart from the History Theatre for this fun and accessible six-session memoir writing workshop that will help you discover new ways to explore your own history. Using photographs, music, movement and sense memories, we will explore significant chapters in your personal or family history, and with the tools of creative writing will help you bring your memories to vivid life on the page. Absolutely no experience necessary and everyone is welcome! $150 for six sessions ($120 for season ticket holders).

September 27-October 7
Ireland: The Creative I
10-day tour of Ireland focused on creativity
Full itinerary
Reservation form
For centuries, the history and landscape of Ireland has inspired writers, musicians, filmmakers, and artists of every stripe. On this trip, we’ll explore the wonders of that storied isle: taking in the landscape, history, music and poetry of Ireland with artists, photographers, and traditional musicians, and setting off on daily adventures to spark our own creative impulses. Designed for lifelong learners, and led by travel experts Erin Hart and Linda Rosen, this trip will focus on the rugged West Coast featuring counties Mayo, Galway, Limerick, Kerry and Clare and including Connemara, the Dingle Peninsula and Joyce Country. Questions? Call Linda Rosen at 763-475-0508 or email her at:

October 21, 7:00 pm
Chippewa Valley Book Festival
Menomonie Public Library
600 Wolske Bay Road
Menomonie, WI 54751
Erin Hart & Paddy O'Brien
Memoirs, Music, Manuscripts & Mystery!
As people, places, and artifacts from the past come alive through projected images, Paddy plays a few tunes on button accordion and offers tales of his adventures growing up in a thatched house in rural Ireland, with no electricity or running water, when music and stories around the fire were still the main form of entertainment. Erin sings a medieval hymn to Saint Brigid, and spins the story of her latest novel, a knotty mystery inspired by a true discovery: a 9th-century book of Psalms preserved in an Irish bog. Questions from the audience are welcome!

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