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Debut Voices with
Darragh McKeon

$10 members /
$12 non-members


Free for Young Patrons ($125) members and higher


 

 

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Debut Voices with Darragh McKeon
Moderated by Darin Strauss (author of Half A Life, National Book Critics Circle Award-winner)

Tuesday, October 21 | 7:30 pm

A new series presenting the first books by Irish and Irish American poets and novelists who will shape the future literary landscape.

Our inaugural series kicks off with readings from Darragh McKeon, author of All That Is Solid Melts Into Air, and Eimear McBride, author of A Girl Is A Half-formed Thing.

“A powerful and moving account of the Chernobyl disaster.” The Guardian

All That Is Solid Melts Into Air is a gripping end-of-empire novel, charting the collapse of the Soviet Union through the focal point of the Chernobyl disaster. Part historical epic, part love story, the novel loosely weaves the stories of a handful of characters whose lives are altered, both directly and indirectly, by effects of the 1986 catastrophe.

From Ireland, Darragh has worked as a theatre director throughout Europe and the USA. He lives in New York.

 


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How do you set a love story in the wake of the Chernobyl nuclear plant disaster? Celebrated debut author Darragh McKeon answers this and more in The New York Times podcast about his first book All That Is Solid Melts Into Air.

A recipient of a National Book Critics Circle Award, the Guggenheim Fellowship, the American Library Association Award, and numerous other prizes, Darin Strauss is a national- and internationally-bestselling author. His books have been New York Times, Newsweek, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, Entertainment Weekly and NPR Best Books of the Year, and he has appeared on Good Morning America, CBS’s The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, NBC News, among many others.

Strauss has recently been named an opinion columnist at Al-Jazeera America, has written screenplays for Disney, Gary Oldman, and Julie Taylor, and is the Clinical Professor of Fiction at NYU's creative writing program. His work has been translated into fourteen languages and published in nineteen countries.

 


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