Happy St. Patrick’s Day, y’all! I do have a bit of genuine Irish in me, but the bulk of my heritage is English, Scottish and Dutch. What Irish I do have I magnify on March 17th, as one does. My daughter and I toured Ireland together back in 2014. She was finishing up a… Read More St Patrick’s Day Gift: interviews with three great Irish writers
dublin 23.5.2014 Solitude is good in the evening. Dublin is a quiet city when you get to a certain age, when your friends settle down and have kids. Nothing much happens here. – Colm Tóibín the liffey graffiti and, again, the liffey
I’m perilously close to having my Irish genes revoked. Not only did I have the wrong pronunciation of the man’s name streaming in my head, I’ve also been accenting the wrong vowels in his name in writing: COLM TóiBíN ‘Atsa way you spell it! Accents are on the “o” and second “i,” not both “i”s.… Read More Everything You Wanted to Know About Colm Toibin but Were Afraid to Ask
Colm Tóibín will be speaking at Elmhurst College this evening, on the topic of “The Irish Renaissance.” I am thrilled to say I’ll be in attendance. Mr. Tóibín was kind enough to grant me an interview and here it is: LG: The term “Irish Renaissance” suggests there was ever a time Irish storytelling and… Read More An interview with Colm Toibin
Known not so much for my timeliness as my obsessive nature, I’ve filled April, May and possibly June with all manner of Irishness. I did not bypass the month of March. Nay, I observed St. Pat’s with the consumption of a full half pint of Guinness and a resounding Slàinte, a tribute to at least… Read More The Year of the Irish. Or the Quarter, at Least.
And then there were six… . Eleanor Catton – New Zealand Jhumpa Lahiri – UK/US Colm Toíbín – Ireland Ruth Ozecki – Canada/US Jim Crace – UK NoViolet Bulawayo – Zimbabwe From The Telegraph: The Books: We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo The only debut novel on the shortlist. The 31-year-old Zimbabwean author tells… Read More Man Booker Shortlist 2013
IMPAC Dublin Award Finalists Posted: April 12, 2011 by thebooksthething in IMPAC Dublin Award, Library, General, Literary Events, Professional News, Public Libraries 0 3 Irish Authors short listed for the 2011 International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award. The short list will be confirmed by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Gerry Breen at 11.00am on 12th April 2011… Read More IMPAC Dublin AWARD FINALISTS