Virtual Event: Kevin Barry

presenting

That Old Country Music:
Stories

in conversation with PETER ORNER

Date

Jan
21
Thursday
January 21, 2021
7:00 PM

Location

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Harvard Book Store's virtual event series welcomes award-winning writer KEVIN BARRY—author of the acclaimed novel Night Boat to Tangier—for a discussion of his latest story collection, That Old Country Music. He will be joined in conversation by PETER ORNER, author of Maggie Brown & Others: Stories.

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About That Old Country Music

With three novels and two short story collections published, Kevin Barry has steadily established his stature as one of the finest writers not just in Ireland but in the English language. All of his prodigious gifts of language, character, and setting in these eleven exquisite stories transport the reader to an Ireland both timeless and recognizably modern. Shot through with dark humor and the uncanny power of the primal and unchanging Irish landscape, the stories in That Old Country Music represent some of the finest fiction being written today.

Praise for That Old Country Music

"I had to quit reading this book the first day I had it in my hands, just so I could have it to read the next day. It's that good." —Richard Ford

"Kevin Barry’s new collection of melodic and melancholy short stories, set against the harsh, majestic landscape of the Irish countryside, conjures a dark and richly textured world haunted by history. Read slowly and savor."  —Vulture

"There are no bad Kevin Barry books. There are no sedate Kevin Barry books. Every darkly-soulful tragicomedy he produces—be it a novel or a short story collection—is a wild, electrified beast of language that throws you up on its back as it dances with manic glee around the lonesome, haunted west of Ireland landscape . . . The stories in That Old Country Music have all the hypnotic pathos and inimitable linguistic verve of Barry at his very best." —LitHub

Kevin Barry
Kevin Barry

Kevin Barry

Kevin Barry is the author of the novels Night Boat to Tangier, Beatlebone, and City of Bohane and the story collections Dark Lies the Island and There Are Little Kingdoms. His awards include the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Goldsmiths Prize, the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Prize and the Lannan Foundation Literary Award. His stories and essays appear in the New Yorker, Granta and elsewhere. He also works as a playwright and screenwriter, and he lives in County Sligo, Ireland.

Photo Credit: Louise Manifold

Peter Orner
Peter Orner

Peter Orner

Peter Orner is a three-time winner of the Pushcart Prize and author of six books including, Maggie Brown & Others, a New York Times Notable Book and winner of the Edward Lewis Wallant Award for Jewish Fiction. His novel, Love and Shame and Love, won the California Book Award and his essay collection Am I Alone Here?: Notes on Reading to Live and Living to Read was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His work has appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, the New Yorker, the Paris Review, and Best American Stories. He holds the Dartmouth Professorship of English and Creative Writing, and lives with his family in Norwich, Vermont where he's a member of the fire department.

Photo Credit: Pawel Kruk

 

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