Posts Tagged ‘Alice McDermott’

A Teacher Learns A Lesson

By Tom Deignan About a month ago, if you’d asked me how things were going, I could only shrug.  Busy, busy, busy. My day job as an English teacher sends me on an hour and 45 minute trek from New Jersey to Brooklyn  – at a high school Mondays through Fridays, and a college onRead more..

NYU Glucksman Ireland House Gala Honors

The awarding-winning writer Alice McDermott and Pittsburgh business leader Jim Rooney were honored at the annual Glucksman Ireland House NYU Gala on February 28. Some 300 gathered to toast the honorees at a cocktail reception followed by a seated dinner with presentations of the Seamus Heaney Award for Arts and Letters to McDermott and theRead more..

Irish Eye in Hollywood:
Novel Adaptations for Irish Writers

Irish authors have also been having a couple of good months in Hollywood. Oscar-winning producer Scott Rudin recently snatched up the movie rights for The Ninth Hour, Alice McDermott’s excellent recent novel. The Ninth Hour depicts the moments of grace and labor that fill up the lives of various mid-century Brooklyn nuns. The book’s actionRead more..

Roots: The MacDermots

The MacDermots are a clan of royalty and rebels. ℘℘℘ The MacDermot clan and its descendants have produced kings, revolutionaries, politicians, CEOs, sports figures, authors and at least one Hall of Famer throughout the centuries. In addition to “MacDermot,” the name has several geographic variants, including the Irish MacDiarmada, McDermitt, and McDiarmid, and the ManxRead more..

Review of Books

Recently-published and upcoming books of Irish and Irish American interest. ℘℘℘ SPORTS Great Moments in Hurling By Sportsfile Great Moments In Hurling from Sportsfile is the ultimate visual history of the modern game of hurling, its major characters, and stories, beginning with the legendary era of the 1950s. Sportsfile, founded by Ray McManus in the 1980s, isRead more..

Portals to the Other World

This fall, a number of our most celebrated Irish American authors will launch books into heavy seas where Twitter storms and televised tantrums batter our attention, but after spending time at the Book Expo, the publishing industry’s lollapalooza in New York City this summer, I realized all will be well. I met with Jennifer Egan, Alice McDermott,Read more..

Alice McDermott

Alice McDermott is an internationally acclaimed author and professor at the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars. Her seventh and most recent novel, Someone, was a New York Times bestseller and finalist for the Dublin IMPAC Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Patterson Prize for Fiction, and long-listed for the National Book Award. Her 1998Read more..