Local author Lara O’Brien’s debut fiction novel Chelsea and the Spirit of Grace will be available at online book retailers in both print and e-book formats beginning Dec. 1. The book is geared to 8 to 12 year-old readers and is set in Ireland. Ms. O’Brien was born in Ireland and grew up in Howth. She now lives on the Vineyard with her husband and children.

The Noepe Center for Literary Arts on Main street in Edgartown will host a book launch for Ms. O’Brien from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14. The book will be sold and signed by the author at the event.

For information, visit laraobrien.com.