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April 2022 General Monthly Meeting
April 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
THE DUNNES OF BRITTAS: An Irish Family’s Saga of Endurance
Kevin Akers will present a talk on the development of his novel and how he used traditional ancestry research techniques to formulate the basis of the story: The illustrious and ancient Dunne family ruled over land in the heart of Ireland since time immemorial. In the manor house known as Brittas, resides the family of clan chieftain, General Edward Dunne. His estate agent and cousin Peter Dunne raises his brood in the servant’s wing. These two related yet very separate branches struggle to secure their futures during the country’s darkest, most formidable years. As Ireland is crumbling, the West is rising in Golden sunshine. In 1848, San Francisco lures James Dunne and eventually his brother Peter and sister Bridget to literally create a new city out of sand dunes and gold dust. The Dunnes of Brittas follows three generations of family who share in each other’s triumphs and tragedies finally discovering that their strength doesn’t derive from their separate branches but their common roots.
Information on the book, including a “buy” button may be found at: www.dunnesofbrittas.com
Speaker: Kevin Akers
Kevin Lee Akers is an award-winning designer, illustrator and author of All Wrapped Up! Groovy Gift Wrap of the 1960s. His interest in Ireland, San Francisco and the nature of family culminated in the authorship of his first novel, The Dunnes of Brittas.
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