Kevin Barry Reading in NYC
Limerick-born writer Kevin Barry, author of the wildly inventive novel City of Bohane and the short story collections There Are Little Kingdoms and Dark Lies the Island, will be doing a reading at 7pm on Thursday, April 26th at the McNally Jackson bookstore in SoHo.
Pete Hamill, writing for the New York Times Book Review, enthusiastically described City of Bohane as “full of marvels. They are all literary marvels, of course: marvels of language, invention, surprise. Savage brutality is here, but so is laughter. And humanity. And the abiding ache of tragedy.”
Set four decades in the future in an invented city on Ireland’s western peninsula, Bohane brings a place and of its delightful idiosyncrasies to vivid life. “The once-great city of Bohane on the west coast of Ireland is on its knees, infested by vice and split along tribal lines. There are the posh parts of town, but it is in the slums and backstreets of Smoketown, the tower blocks of the North Rises, and the eerie bogs of the Big Nothin’ that the city really lives. For years it has all been under the control of Logan Hartnett, the dapper godfather of the Hartnett Fancy gang. But there’s trouble in the air. They say Hartnett’s old nemesis is back in town; his trusted henchmen are getting ambitious; and his missus wants him to give it all up and go straight. In City of Bohane, Kevin Barry fiendishly combines Celtic myth and a Caribbean beat, fado and film, graphic-novel cool and all the ripe inheritance of Irish literature to create something hilarious, strange, beautiful, and startlingly new”
IA’s deputy editor, Sheila Langan, will be interviewing Barry as part of the reading.