Posts Tagged ‘Irish Literature’

What Are You Like? Writer Mary Beth Keane

On swanky hotels, Gráinne O’Malley’s tailor-made pirate outfits, and her own unusual hidden talent. ℘℘℘ Mary Beth Keane’s novel, Ask Again, Yes, published in May 2019, is a lyrical, moving tale spanning 40 years, about Irish American cops, family, love, alcoholism and mental illness. Told with tenderness and empathy for the human condition, it isRead more..

Emory To Extend Irish Collection

Emory University’s Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Books Library has received a $34,000 grant from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation to support the second phase of the Access to Major Irish Literary Archives Project. Working in conjunction with the University of Delaware; the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at University of Texas, Austin; Washington University inRead more..

20 Great Interviews:
Frank McCourt

Frank McCourt went from retired New York City high school teacher to international celebrity in a matter of months with the publication of Angela ‘s Ashes, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography. Frank managed to save the fare for a boat to America by the age of 19, the point at which Angela’s AshesRead more..

Book Reviews

A Sampling of the Latest Irish Books. ℘℘℘ RECOMMENDED The Encyclopedia of Ireland is being dubbed the most comprehensive book to date on Irish life, culture, and history, and leafing through its pages, it’s hard to disagree. Arranged in alphabetical order, the Encyclopedia contains more than 5,000 essays written by nearly 1,000 contributors. A randomRead more..

Making Ready for
Bloomsday Centenary

June 16, 2004 is the 100th Anniversary of Leopold Bloom’s Fateful Walk. ℘℘℘ As we go to press and the world is celebrating Bloomsday, plans are already afoot for next year’s “Bloomsday Centenary.” Ireland’s Minister for Arts, Sports and Tourism John O’Donoghue has set up the Bloomsday Centenary Coordinating Committee, to plan the event which willRead more..

Barney Rosset’s
Trip of A Lifetime

For Barney Rosset it was a special sort of homecoming. The inveterate publisher behind Grove Press had been invited as a guest speaker at Trinity College Dublin to mark the 50th anniversary of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot. As Beckett’s American publisher and close friend, it was fitting that Barney Rosset should be invited. IndeedRead more..

The Richest Book Prize

The winner of the annual International IMPAC Dublin literary award was announced on May 13 in Dublin as Michel Houellebecq for his novel Atomised. In this sixth year since the award’s inception, nominees included well–known authors and Booker Prize winners, Margaret Atwood for The Blind Assassin, Peter Carey for The True History o the Kelly Gang, and Irish writerRead more..

Book Reviews

A Sampling of the Latest Irish Books. ℘℘℘ RECOMMENDED Acclaimed historian Edward T. O’Donnell goes from the Ice Age to Michael Phelan (“The Father of American Billiards”) in his breezy history 1001 Things Everyone Should Know About Irish American History. O’Donnell, professor of American History at Holy Cross College, covers topics ranging from Ireland BeforeRead more..

Danny Boy Uncovered

In his book Danny Boy – The Beloved Irish Ballad to be published in March, well-known Irish-American writer Malachy McCourt offers an explication of the history, facts and myths surrounding the well-loved Irish air. McCourt explains that “Danny Boy” is unique in that people are willing to overlook a bad rendition if the singer is earnest and theRead more..

Book Reviews

A sampling of the latest Irish books on offer. ℘℘℘ RECOMMENDED Brotherhood, a stunning, 240-page book of photos, captures the heavily-Irish New York Fire Department in all its rugged, poignant suffering and glory. Pity Frank McCourt, who was drafted to write the introduction. His words are somehow supposed to stand alongside these extraordinary images. Somehow,Read more..