“When you look at the colonial system, one of the things they want to eradicate is the native language, because they don’t understand what’s going on and they can’t control it.” ...more
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Ethel Rohan discusses her new story collection, IN THE EVENT OF CONTACT.
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Rohan is masterful at mining these triads for their palpable uneasiness and unavoidable suffering. ...more
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S. Kirk Walsh discusses her debut novel, THE ELEPHANT OF BELFAST.
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Georgina Lawton discusses her debut memoir, RACELESS.
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To learn is perhaps Voisine’s primary goal in writing the poems in The Bower . ...more
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Who “owns” the English language? ...more
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Tracy O’Neill discusses her new novel QUOTIENTS.
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Then a light turns on and a panic sets in, like noise: unassailable, unnameable. ...more
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It is winter, and I’ve been thinking a lot about Samuel Beckett. ...more
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My sobriety is still a mystery to me. Forty years this December. ...more
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[I]n Normal People love acts as a school. ...more
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“Remember Sinead?” I asked. My mom nodded her head and shrugged. ...more
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If you’ve ever wanted to own a bookstore, here’s your chance! Win this Wellsboro, Pennsylvania bookstore. India’s Oxford Bookstore announced it will be holding its third Oxford Bookstore Book Cover Prize in 2017, a competition meant to honor book cover designers.
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Robert Glancy discusses his sophomore novel,
Please Do Not Disturb, growing up under a dictatorship, borrowing and stealing from reality, and his love of proverbs. ...more
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Was it a dream? A nightmare? I felt like I’d been sold a lie. There was no husband or caring partner, no safe home or solid income. Just me, pregnant and alone, in an abortion clinic with my rapist. ...more
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Councilor Ford pauses to catch his breath. “For goodness sakes do not elect [Trump]. It would be a catastrophe. Not only for the United States but for the world .” ...more
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Anne Enright, author of, most recently, the novel
The Green Road, talks with Elizabeth Isadora Gold about motherhood in reality and in fiction, and writing beyond labels and easy definitions. ...more
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The story goes, if you can dehumanize a population with a stereotype, there’s no need to share their fate. ...more
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Novelist Greg Baxter talks about living abroad as an American, writing his new book,
Munich Airport, and why he doesn’t buy the defeatist clichés that people use to define our world and time. ...more
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The banality of evil hides in people, and who they unleash it upon become forever tainted by their names. They become one. Creator and monster. Evil by association. ...more
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Writer and illustrator Tomi Ungerer discusses his exile in Ireland, being a target of censorship, and his work’s recent resurgence of popularity in the US.
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McBride has said that she wants this book to be read fast, letting it wash over you, but the struggle to make sense and to fill in the unsaid is hard to resist. ...more
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Fans of Cloud Atlas, a sextet of sweeping stylistic range, know well that Granta-recognized author David Mitchell has a knack for mimesis. But they may not know that he is also “uncommonly good at imitating nonhuman noises.” In anticipation of his new “psychovoltaic” novel, The Bone Clocks, Catherine Schultz walks with him through the Irish […]
Cut to a skip adjacent the River Foyle in Derry, Ireland, where over 100,000, count ‘em, one-hundred thousand, books lie in massive piles, free for the taking. “It’s heartbreaking to see what was once my life’s work being dumped into a skip but at least the books are being grabbed by members of the public […]
Writer Ethel Rohan talks about
Out of Dublin, her memoir in e-book form, as well as growing up in Ireland, her awe for human endurance, and giving voice to the silent. ...more
Story is an integral part of the city of Dublin. Bronze statues of beloved writers roam the landscape, immortal: Wilde lounges “languidly on a crag in the park at Merrion Square,” while Joyce is “depicted rather more severely in bronze, leaning on his cane as he strolls down North Earl Street.” Ever wondered what the tower in the opening scene of […]