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Debut Voices with
Colin Barrett

Admission: FREE

     

    Photo Credit: Lucy Perrem

Irish Arts Center and Grove Atlantic present
Debut Voices with Colin Barrett
in association with A Public Space and Stinging Fly

U.S. Book Launch 

Moderated by Sam Lipsyte (Author of Venus Drive,The Fun Parts, Home Land, and more)

Tuesday, March 31 | 7:30 pm



"Colin Barrett's sentences are lyrical and tough and smart, but there is something more here that makes him a really good writer. His stories are set in a familiar emotional landscape, but they give us endings that are new. What seems to be about sorrow and foreboding turns into an adventure, instead, in the tender art of the unexpected." - Anne Enright

Our second season of Debut Voices kicks off with a reading from a major new talent in Irish literature, Colin Barrett

Bursting into the literary world with an astounding hat trick of prizes-the Frank O’ Connor International Short Story Award, the Guardian First Book Award, and the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature -- Colin Barrett’s Young Skins introduces a singular new voice in contemporary fiction. Enter the small, rural town of Glanbeigh, a place whose fate took a downturn with the Celtic Tiger, a desolate spot where buffoonery and tension simmer and erupt, and booze-sodden boredom fills the corners of every pub and nightclub. Here, and in the towns beyond, the young live hard and wear the scars. These are unforgettable characters rendered through silence, humor, and violence. With darkly comic wit and inimitable turns of phrase, these six dynamic short stories and one novella occupy the ghostly, melancholic spaces between youth and adulthood. Told in Barrett’s vibrant, distinctive prose, Young Skins is an accomplished and irreverent debut from a brilliant writer.

After Barrett's reading, he will be joined in conversation with Sam Lipsyte.

Colin Barrett was born in 1982 and grew up in County Mayo, Ireland. In 2009 he was awarded the Penguin Ireland Prize. His stories have appeared in Stinging Fly magazine, A Public Space, Five Dials, and The New Yorker. Young Skins is his first book.

Previous Debut Voices authors include Darragh McKeon, author of All That Is Solid Melts Into Air, and Eimear McBride, author of A Girl Is A Half-formed Thing.

 


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Sam Lipsyte is the author of five books of fiction, including, most recently, The Ask and The Fun Parts. His short stories have appeared in The New YorkerThe Paris ReviewHarper'sNoonTin House, The Quarterly and Best American Short Stories, among other places. A Guggenheim fellow, his novel Home Land won the Believer Book Award. He lives In New York City and teaches at Columbia University.

 


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