Emma Donoghue
The Wonder 

$12 general / $10 members

Free for Friend / Young Patron ($125) members and higher


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Photo Credit: Nina Subin

Emma Donoghue
The Wonder 

in conversation with Sheri Holman

Presented by Irish Arts Center in association with Glucksman Ireland House NYU

Wednesday, October 12 | 7:30 PM

“Her informed imaginings combined with her sheer cleverness and elegance as a writer breathe vivid life into real characters who heretofore resided in the footnotes of history.”
 – The Irish Times

“Reading an Emma Donoghue book is like falling into a deep friendship with an unlikely stranger: a lady of the evening, a cross-dressing frogcatcher, an imprisoned child. The author’s empathy for outsiders makes for captivating characters; she illustrates the complex inner lives of her creations with a candor that shows humanity at its best and worst.”
The Washington Post

The Oscar-nominated writer of the worldwide bestseller Room returns to Irish Arts Center to read from her riveting new masterpiece The Wonder. After Donoghue’s reading, she will be joined in conversation with American novelist and screenwriter Sheri Holman.

Emma Donoghue again delves into the emotional life of a child with an intimate and mysterious tale of two strangers and how they change each other's lives forever. Set in 1850s rural Ireland and written with all the propulsive tension that made Room a huge bestseller, The Wonder tells of Anna, a girl who has stopped eating but mysteriously remains alive, and Lib, the English nurse charged with observing Anna. This powerful psychological thriller is a searing examination of faith, doubt, forgiveness, and love pitted against evil.


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Awards for Room

Film was nominated for 106 Awards, including Four Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture

Novel shortlisted for
the Man Booker
and Orange Prizes





Born in Dublin in 1969, Emma Donoghue is an Irish emigrant twice over: she spent eight years in Cambridge doing a PhD in eighteenth century literature before moving to London, Ontario. She migrates between genres, writing for screen, stage, and radio as well as historical and contemporary novels and short stories. Her other books include Frog Music, Astray, The Sealed Letter, and Slammerkin.



Sheri Holman is a novelist and television writer. She has written four novels published by Grove/Atlantic, including The Dress Lodger, a national bestseller and New York Times Notable Book; The Mammoth Cheese, named a Publisher's Weekly and San Francisco Chronicle Book of the Year and shortlisted for the UK's Orange Prize; and most recently, Witches on the Road Tonight, a New York Times Book Review's Editor's Choice, and winner of the Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novel. Sheri is currently a writer on the popular drama Longmire, a Netflix Original series. She is a founding member of the story-telling collective The Moth, and her stories can be heard on the Moth's radio show and podcast. She lives in Brooklyn with her family.

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