National Press Club

Last chance to reserve for Saturday's family event with Irish storyteller

February 20, 2014 | By Donna Leinwand Leger |

Author Lara O'Brien

Author Lara O'Brien

Don't miss Irish author and engaging storyteller Lara O’Brien, who will read from her children’s book, “Chesca and the Spirit of Grace,” and tell tales of Ireland's most famous Pirate Queen Grace O'Malley at an event for the whole family at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 at the National Press Club.

The event is appropriate for children ages 6 to 12.

To reserve your ticket or purchase a book, click here.

This is a ticketed event and registration is required. Tickets are $5 for NPC members, $10 for non-members. Children are admitted free with a paying adult. The fee is waived for members who purchase the book.

Then, make a day of it with brunch at the National Press Club's Fourth Estate restaurant following the reading. Chef Susan Delbert has created some kid-friendly Irish fare, including the mysterious Bubble and Squeak, bright green pancakes and Irish oatmeal.

Regular menu items are also available. Brunch reservations must be made separately.

To reserve for brunch, call the Fourth Estate at 202-662-7638.

More about the book:

“Chesca and the Spirit of Grace” is a story of love and land, of winning friendships and having the courage to believe in your dreams. The book relates how 11-year-old Chesca O'Brien, Howth's greatest (and only) Trick Rider, plans to ride Malley, the farm's wild stallion, and put on a show no one will forget -- especially show-jumping champion Mary Murphy. But then her Ma gets sick and Da stops talking, which leaves the farmyard wide open to all kinds of problems.

Inspired by Ireland's most famous Pirate Queen Grace O'Malley, Chesca must take on the might of a developer, rally a town and fight the fight of her life to save all she holds dear. It is a charming Irish tale of talking animals, a magical mountain and galloping sideways.