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Debut Voices with Sara Baume

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Debut Voices with Sara Baume
U.S. Book Launch for Spill Simmer Falter Wither

Moderated by Abigail Thomas

Tuesday, March 8 | 7:30 pm

“Baume’s brilliantly vivid descriptions of both man and beast and their isolated existence mark her out as a true literary talent.” - The Irish Times

"True artists are those, such as Baume, who intuitively understand what to give away and what to keep." - Sunday Times

“An extraordinary debut…Spill Simmer Falter Wither is a heart-breaking read, and heralds Baume as a major new talent.” - The Independent, London

Our third season of Debut Voices kicks off with a reading from one of the most intriguing new voices in Irish literature, Sara Baume.

Poignant, perceptive and powerfully lyrical, Baume’s award-winning debut novel Spill Simmer Falter Wither opens in the springtime as two misfits – one an eccentric loner and the other a one-eyed dog – forge an unlikely relationship. In a tired seaside town, these outcasts find solace in each other. Part Kjersti Skomsvold, part Patrick McCabe, Spill Simmer Falter Wither is a wholly different kind of love story, one that spans the four seasons echoed in the novel’s title. Written with tremendous empathy and insight, Baume’s debut captures the incremental destructive essence of loneliness, and confirms the talent so emphatically acknowledged by the astounding hat trick of prizes.

Sara Baume was born in Lancashire and grew up in Co. Cork. She studied fine art and creative writing and her short fiction has been published in journals such as The Stinging Fly magazine and the Dublin Review. She won the 2014 Davy Byrnes Short Story Award and the 2015 Hennessy New Irish Writing Award. She now lives in Cork with her two dogs.

Previous Debut Voices authors include Johanna Lane, author of Black Lake; Darragh McKeon, author of All That Is Solid Melts Into Air; Eimear McBride, author of A Girl Is A Half-formed Thing; and Colin Barrett, author of Young Skins.

 


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Sara Baume's “Finishing Lines” from A Kind of Compass by Belinda McKeon 

WINNER OF
2014 Davy Byrne’s Short Story Award
2015 Rooney Prize for Irish Literature
2015 Hennessy New Irish Writer Award

Shortlisted for 2015 Costa First Novel Award
Longlisted for 2015 Guardian First Book Award
Nominated for 2015 Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year Award


 


 

Abigail Thomas, the daughter of renowned science writer Lewis Thomas (The Lives of a Cell), is the mother of four children and the grandmother of twelve. Her academic education stopped when, pregnant with her oldest daughter, she was asked to leave Bryn Mawr during her first year. She’s lived most of her life on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, and was a book editor and a book agent. Then she started writing for publication. Her first three books “Getting Over Tom,” “An Actual Life,” and “Herb’s Pajamas” were works of fiction. Her memoir, “A Three Dog Life,” was named one of the best books of 2006 by the Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post. It won the 2006 Inspirational Memoir Award given by Books for A Better Life. Her latest book, published in 2015, is What Comes Next and How to Like it.

 


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