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Anne Enright

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Anne Enright

Moderated by Irish theater critic and scholar Fintan O'Toole

Tuesday, May 12 | 7:30 pm

“With Anne Enright, we are always in the country of the first-rate. Her work is stark, clear, authoritative, funny and inventive. We come away from her books consistently refreshed and renewed.”—Colum McCann, winner of the National Book Award and best-selling author

One of the most significant writers today, Anne Enright is the inaugural Laureate for Irish Fiction and the internationally acclaimed, Booker Prize-winning author of The Gathering, a novel whose prose Colm Tóibín called “as sharp and brilliant as Joan Didion’s…as brave and original as Edna O’Brien’s.” Lauded for her “razor-sharp” prose (New York Times Book Review), Enright is a master of the contemporary novel; she remains unparalleled in her “beautiful, subtle examination of intimacy” (Wall Street Journal) in the modern world.

For one evening only, Enright joins the Irish Arts Center to read from her newest book The Green Road—a story of fracture and family, selfishness and compassion—a book about the gaps in the human heart and how we learn to fill them.


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Irish theater critic and scholar Fintan O’Toole is one of Ireland’s leading public intellectuals. As a drama critic, O’Toole has written for The Irish Times, New York Daily News, SundayTribune (Dublin), and In Dublin Magazine. His books on theater span a wide range of topics, from his biography of Richard Brinsley Sheridan to theater currently appearing on Irish stages. He is Literary Editor, columnist and feature writer for The Irish Times. He also contributes to The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, Granta, The Guardian, The Observer, and other international publications.

The Observer named O’Toole one of “Britain’s top 300 intellectuals” in 2011. He has received the A.T. Cross Award for Supreme Contribution to Irish Journalism, the Millennium Social Inclusion Award, and Journalist of the Year in 2010 from TV3 Media Awards. O’Toole’s most recent project, History of Ireland in 100 Objects, covers 100 highly charged artifacts from the last 10,000 years. It has been published in book form by the Royal Irish Academy and as an app for iPad, iPhone and Android devices.



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