BookPeople Presents: Marian O'Shea Wernicke - Out of Ireland

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BookPeople Presents: Marian O'Shea Wernicke - Out of Ireland

BookPeople welcomes Marian O'Shea Wernicke in conversation with Stacey Swann to celebrate the release of Out of Ireland.

By BookPeople

When and where

Date and time

Starts on Friday, May 12 · 7pm CDT


BookPeople 603 North Lamar Boulevard Austin, TX 78703

About this event

  • 2 hours
  • Mobile eTicket

Please welcome Marian O'Shea Wernicke and Stacey Swann to celebrate Out of Ireland!

This event is free and open to the public.

  • Start time: 7:00 P.M.
  • Run time: 45-60 minutes, followed by a signing line.
  • Location: The second floor of BookPeople.

The author will be signing and personalizing copies of the book after the speaking portion of the event.

  • To get a book signed, a copy of the event book or an item of equal value must be purchased from BookPeople.


  • Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • There will not be a live stream or recording available.
  • BookPeople reserves the right to cancel or postpone this event if necessary.
  • If you have any other questions, please email us at

About the book:

In the late 1860s in Bantry, Ireland, sixteen-year-old Eileen O'Donovan is forced by her family to marry an older widower whom she barely knows and does not love. Her brother Michael, at age nineteen, becomes involved with the outlawed Irish Republican Brotherhood, a secret organization dedicated to the violent overthrow of British rule in Ireland. Their fates intertwine when they each decide to emigrate to America, where both tragedy and happiness await them.

An exciting coming-of-age story of a brother and sister in an Ireland still under the harsh rule of the British, Out of Ireland brings alive the story of our ancestors who braved the dangers of immigration in order to find a better life for themselves and their families.

About the author:

MARIAN O’SHEA WERNICKE is the author of the debut novel Toward That Which is Beautiful (She Writes Press, 2020). She has also published a memoir about her father called Tom O’Shea: A Twentieth Century Man. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, to an Irish Catholic family, she entered the convent of the Sisters of the Most Precious Blood at age sixteen and spent eleven years as a nun before leaving the convent. Later, she met and married Michael Wernicke, an electrical engineer from Pensacola, Florida. Wernicke earned a master’s degree in English from the University of West Florida and went on to become a professor of English at Pensacola State College for twenty-five years. Upon her retirement from college teaching, Wernicke began her new life as full-time writer in 2010.

About the moderator:

Stacey Swann’s debut novel Olympus, Texas (Doubleday) is an Indie Next Pick, a Good Morning America Book Club selection, and was longlisted for The Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. Swann holds an M.F.A. from Texas State University and was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. Her writing has appeared in LitHub, Electric Literature, NER Digital, Epoch, and other journals. She splits her time between Austin and Lampasas.

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Thank you for supporting Marian O'Shea Wernicke, Stacey Swann, and your local independent bookstore!

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