Kevin Barry

reads from

Dark Lies The Island:

in conversation with JOSEPH NUGENT

This event includes a book signing


October 8, 2013
7:00 PM


Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138


This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store is pleased to welcome European Union Prize for Literature winner KEVIN BARRY along with Boston College professor JOSEPH NUGENT for a discussion of Barry's latest work, Dark Lies The Island: Stories

Dark Lies the Island is a collection of unpredictable stories about love and cruelty, crimes, desperation, and hope from the man Irvine Welsh has described as 'the most arresting and original writer to emerge from these islands in years'. Every page is shot through with the riotous humour, sympathy and blistering language that mark Kevin Barry as a pure entertainer and a unique teller of tales.

"There are a lot of pleasures to be had in Barry's short story collection. First, there's his way with language—a bent form of Irish that makes the most mundane language, like those of the mileage-obsessed locals at the hotel bar in "Fjord of Killary," somehow hilarious. Then there's the pleasure of safely spending time in the company of people you might well cross the street to avoid. . . . the island and its inhabitants aren't doing well, and Barry is a master at showing both the darkness and the piercing moments of humor and self-knowledge that now and then penetrate it."—Publishers Weekly

"The writing is spectacular, alternately stately and hurried, occasionally clipped but never languid, steeped in the vernacular but never lacking precision, and very often pulsing with the rhythm of iambic pentameter. Smashing, compulsively readable stuff: Barry will be a household name, and soon."—Booklist

Joseph Nugent
Joseph Nugent

Joseph Nugent

Josph Nugent is a professor of english at Boston College. His teachings and research engage with Ireland about the turn of the twentieth century. Writing within the confluence of Joyce Studies, Sensory Studies, Urban Studies, and technology, his recent work relates transformations in the sense of smell to the embourgeoisement of nineteenth-century Ireland.  His writings have appeared in Victorian Studies, The Senses and Society, and Éire-Ireland. He teaches courses on Joyce, modernism, and in the Irish language. He is currently developing Walking Ulysses <> a downloadable smartphone app guide to Joyce’s Dublin. His particular involvement in James Joyce is also reflected in Raidin the Wake, his “Finnegans Wake” reading group, and in the Boston Joyce Forum.

Kevin Barry
Kevin Barry

Kevin Barry

Kevin Barry is the author of the highly acclaimed novel City of Bohane and two short story collections, Dark Lies the Island and There Are Little Kingdoms. He was awarded the Rooney Prize in 2007 and won The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Prize in 2012. For City of Bohane, he was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award and the Irish Book Award, and won the Author's Club First Novel Prize, The European Prize for Literature and the IMPAC Prize. His short fiction has appeared in The New Yorker and elsewhere. He lives in County Sligo in Ireland.

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