Was any actress from Hollywood’s glamour era more beautiful than GRACE KELLY? The woman never took a bad picture. She was also a skilled and accomplished actress, capable of high drama, witty, classy, and sassy when she needed to be. In November 2009, in honor of what would have been Kelly’s 80th birthday (on Nov.12), the Turner Classic Movie (TCM) channel is hosting a festival of her films. Among those being shown are “The Country Girl,” “Dial M for Murder,” “High Noon,” “Rear Window,” “To Catch a Thief,” “High Society,” and “The Swan.” For more information on the fairy-tale life and career of Grace Kelly, visit the HALL OF FAME section of the IAW&A website.
The evening of October 16, 2009 was a major event in the young history of IAW&A. At the Manhattan Club in NYC, before a crowd of over 200 people, we bestowed upon author WILLIAM KENNEDY our inaugural EUGENE O’NEILL LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD. The event began with City Council Speaker Christine Quinn officially proglaiming Oct. 16 to be “Eugene O’Neill Day” in the City of New York. Singer ASHLEY DAVIS opened and closed the event with a song. IAW&A co-director MALACHY McCOURT was Master of Ceremonies. Actors MATT DILLON and MICHAEL O’KEEFE read from the works of William Kennedy, and Pulitzer-prize winning playwright/director JOHN PATRICK SHANLEY read a passage from O’Neill’s “Long Day’s Journey into Night.” There were short speeches from IAW&A co-founders PETER QUINN, MICHAEL PATRICK MacDONALD and T.J. ENGLISH. Novelist MARY PAT KELLY (“Galway Bay”), a member of the IAW&A Board of Directors, was in attendance, as were distinguished artists such as actors GABRIEL BYRNE and KEVIN CORRIGAN, writers COLUM McCANN and THOMAS KELLY, and many others. Among the highlights was the unveiling of an original illustration of O’Neill created by artist TIM O’BRIEN exclusively for IAW&A, to be used on the cover of the brochure/program for the evening (see artwork above). It was, as we had hoped, an unprecedented gathering of Irish American writers and artists. We come out of this event with a membership of over 200 people. This could be the beginning of something exciting and monumental. To those who attended, Much Respect. To those who did not, we hope to see you at future events.
October 21, 2009 will mark the 40th anniversay of the passing of one of America’s great literary figures: Jack Kerouac, best known for his seminal novel “On the Road.” In honor of Kerouac, Gunther’s Tap Room in Northport, L.I. where the writer drank and played pool in his later years, is staging a return engagement of JACK’S LAST CALL: SAY GOODBYE TO KEROUAC, a poignant and wonderfully atmospheric play by journalist, playwright and IAW&A member PAT FENTON. For nearly a decade Fenton has honed and staged the play in various venues and formats, including an expertly produced broadcast radio version that is available on CD. Don’t miss the opportunity to see this heartfelt tribute to an American original.
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009, 2 to 3:30 pm.
WHERE: Gunther’s Tap Room, 84 Main St., Northport, NY
ADMISSION: Free. Seating is limited. No reservations required.
FOR ADDITONAL INFO: Visit http://www.jackslastcall.com or call 516-658-0423. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Don’t miss writer and IAW&A member KATHLEEN FRAZIER reading from MOLLY’S STORY, her historical novel set in 1899 and told from the point-of-view of a 16 year-old ghost who immigrates to NYC. The book is the second in a series about the fictional McGuire family.
WHERE: Cornelia St. Cafe, 29 Cornelia St., in Manhattan, NY.
WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 6th at 6pm.
HOW MUCH: $7 cover, good towards food or drink.
Reservations suggested (212) 989-9319.