The Willson Center and Avid Bookshop present an evening with acclaimed author Kevin Barry on Tuesday, February 20, from 6-7:30p.m. at Ciné. There will be a public reception with light refreshments and book sales will begin at 6 p.m. prior to the reading at 6:30. We encourage you to purchase a copy of the featured books before or during the event from Avid Bookshop!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Kevin Barry is the author of the novels City of Bohane (2011) and Beatlebone (a New York Times Notable Book of 2015), as well as two story collections, There are Little Kingdoms (2007) and Dark Lies the Island (2012). He won the Goldsmiths Prize for Beatlebone, the 2013 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for City of Bohane and the 2007 Rooney Prize for Irish Literature for There Are Little Kingdoms. In 2016, he received the Lannan Foundation Literary Award for Fiction. Barry has also won the European Union Prize for Literature and the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award, and was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award. He lives in County Sligo, Ireland.
The Irish Examiner called There are Little Kingdoms “some of the most beautiful and lyrical writing ever composed by an Irish writer.” The New Yorker described City of Bohane as “virtuosic… A grizzled piece of futuristic Irish noir with strong ties to the classic gang epics of yore.” And of Beatlebone, the Washington Post wrote, “Barry is largely able to carry it off by force of imagination and by a super-charged prose style that borrows heavily from James Joyce, Flann O’Brien, J.P. Donleavy and other past masters of extravagant Irish lyricism at its high-modernist peak.”