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Gillian O'Brien Book Release— Blood Runs Green: The Murder that Transfixed Gilded Age Chicago

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Kiah Zellner-Smith
July 10, 2015

Former IES Abroad Dublin faculty member, Gillian O’Brien, recently published her murder mystery Blood Runs Green: The Murder that Transfixed Gilded Age Chicago with the support afforded her by IES Abroad and the Newberry Fellowship.

The Newberry Fellowship is a month long fellowship that the IES Abroad Faculty Development Committee grants to two IES Abroad faculty members each year.

The Newberry Library is an independent research institution with extensive collections in the humanities and is especially recognized for collections in: European discovery, exploration, and settlement of the Americas; American literature and history; the Renaissance; the French Revolution; Portuguese and Brazilian history; American Indian history and literature; the history of cartography; the history and theory of music; the history of printing; and early philology and linguistics. Research through the fellowship is intended to further expound material already held within the Newberry collection.

O'Brien’s book, centered on the riveting and mysterious murder of an Irish physician in late 19th century Chicago, was released in March of this year and has already received substantial praise. The New Yorker featured O’Brien’s book in its “Briefly Noted” column with a complementary review.

O’Brien chose to launch the book in Dublin— but because it was published by the University of Chicago press, and set in Chicago, she also did several press events in Chicago. Both IES Abroad and Newberry are mentioned in the acknowledgements of O’Brien’s book. Congratulations, Gillian!

Head to the Chicago Reader for more information on O’Brien’s book, Blood Runs Green: The Murder That Transfixed Gilded Age Chicago. To learn more about the Newberry Library please visit http://www.newberry.org.

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Kiah Zellner-Smith

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