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February 16, 2011

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A MIDWINTER’S TALE By Andrew M Greeley

Irish American author Fr. Andrew Greeley introduces the O’Malleys of Chicago as he weaves this post-war coming-of-age tale set on the city’s West Side. Forge Hardcover. $24.95. Details, (212) 388-0191 or www.agreeley.com

THE HALLOWED EVE By Jack Santino

The author looks into the roots of Halloween and how it has become a major festival in Northern Ireland — one of the few where Catholics and Protestants come together. "Halloween allows people to find a common ground even where meaning might otherwise be contested," the author says. Santino is a leading authority on holidays and Halloween and is the winner of four Emmy awards for his ethnographic films. Published by University Press of Kentucky. $29.95. Details, (606) 257-8761.

A NIGHT IN IRELAND By Helen O’Hara

English-born Helen O’Hara is known to many as the violinist in the top 1980s group Dexy’s Midnight Runners. She’s running her own career now and has just come out with her latest album on the New World Music label. Old favorites dominate the album, throughout which O’Hara plays violin and piano, while two original pieces, "Irish Lullaby" and "Hills of Calheiros" are also included. Details, toll-free (888) 4-R-Musik or (303) 448-0958. By Liz Knowles

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Still on the fiddle, Liz Knowles, whose work has been featured in the movie "Michael Collins" and "Riverdance," has just released her latest work on the Lyrichord label. Kentucky-born Knowles is joined by a formidable list of guests, including Joanie Madden and Jerry O’Sullivan. For details, call Marie Waters at (212)929-8234 ext. 13. Lyrichord’s website is www.lyrichord.com.

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