Irish American Writers & Artists

April 11, 2011

SPOTLIGHT ON: Dan Barry

Filed under: Literature — by moneygrip4 @ 4:08 pm

IAW&A member, author and distinguished columnist for the New York Times, Dan Barry has a new book coming out tomorrow (April 12, 2011) entitled Bottom of the 33rd: Hope, Redemption, and Baseball’s Longest Game. The early press coverage and reviews have been simply off the charts. The following is a brief synopsis of the work:

On a cold Saturday night in April 1981, the night before Easter Sunday, two minor league teams gathered in a Depression-era ballpark in the hardscrabble mill city of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, for what they thought would be just another ball game. But it wasn’t just another ballgame; it was an endless classic.

Now, nearly 30 years later to the day, Dan Barry revisits that holy night in his latest book, Bottom of the 33rd: Hope, Redemption, and Baseball’s Longest Game – a meditation on small-town lives and minor league dreams that seamlessly moves back and forth in time, so that we come to know what happened to those held in that night’s unyielding grasp — from the players and managers to the batboy nicknamed “Panic,” and the clubhouse manager called “Hood.” Early reviews have celebrated the book as a masterpiece of baseball literature. “A fascinating, beautifully told story…” wrote Jon Thurber, the Book Review editor of the Los Angeles Times. “In the hands of Barry, a national correspondent for the New York Times, this marathon of duty, loyalty, misery and folly becomes a riveting narrative… The book feels like Our Town on the diamond.”

Coinciding with its release, a brand new website for the author has gone live this morning: www.danbarryonline.com. It features coverage of his latest book, as well as his previous titles, and links to his award-winning journalism for the New York Times.

April 5, 2011

SPOTLIGHT ON: Kevin Holohan

Filed under: Literature — by moneygrip4 @ 2:50 pm

Brothers Lot book coverIAW&A member Kevin Holohan has just released
his debut novel, The Brothers Lot, and will
be promoting its release in the coming months.

For upcoming readings and events, visit:
http://www.akashicbooks.com/brotherslotevents.htm

For an audio passage read by the author:
http://www.akashicbooks.com/brotherslot.htm

The Brothers’ Lot by Kevin Holohan
Reading and Book signing:
Tues., April 19, 7pm
St. Mark’s Bookshop
31 3rd Ave. NEW YORK (betw 8th & 9th St)
http://www.stmarksbookshop.com/

The Brothers’ Lot is a screamingly funny
indictment of the culture of repression
and abuse that has plagued Ireland for
generations, but it is much more than that.
It is a brilliantly told tale, compassionate
and brutal. Most important, it celebrates
the spirit of reckless bravery and rebellion,
the spirit that draws back the curtain on
iconic institutions to reveal the frailty of
an ecclesiastical house of cards.”
Tim McLoughlin,
author of Heart of the Old Country

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