Irish American Writers & Artists

November 13, 2013

Peter Quinn & All Star Line-Up To Explore The Fintan Dunne Trilogy at IAC

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Discount to IAW&A Members!

This Tuesday night, November 19th, 7:30, at the Irish Arts Center (W. 51st), author Peter Quinn will be joined by Dan Barry, Mary Tierney, Terry Golway, Honor Molloy, and swingstress Tara O’Grady for a celebration/
exploration of the Fintan Dunne trilogy. 
The Wall Street Journal has hailed Dry Bones, the third and last installment in the trilogy, as “another work of intricate structure, suspense and wit.”
Colum McCann, winner of the 2011 National book Award, sums up the trilogy this way: “Peter Quinn is a poet and historian and one of our finest storytellers. He sits at the fireside of the American imagination. He can carve mystery out of mystery. The work is generous and agile and profound.”
Come join the fun…and get a discount as an IAW&A member. Use code IAWA ( for $8 tickets online or by calling 866-811-4111.
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August 19, 2013

Peter Quinn Reading and Q&A about his new novel “Dry Bones” at IAC, Nov. 19

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Peter Quinn
and Dry Bones, The Final Chapter of the Fintan Dunne Trilogy

Tuesday, November 19 | 7:30 pm

“Peter Quinn just might make it into the history books himself. He is perfecting, if not actually creating, a genre you could call the history-mystery.” – James Patterson, The New York Times bestselling author

Celebrated Bronx writer Peter Quinn (Banished Children of Eve, Looking for Jimmy: In Search of Irish America, Hour of the CarThe Man Who Never Returned) returns to the Irish Arts Center to read from his recently released historic novelDry Bonesthe final installment of the detective Fintan Dunne series, which centers around an ill-fated OSS mission in the Eastern front and its consequences more than a decade after World War II. Join Peter for a Q&A after his reading to learn more about his exhaustive research on World War II and the liberties a writer sometimes has to take with history.

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March 27, 2013

An Evening in Celebration of WILLIAM KENNEDY

An Evening in Celebration of our Inagural Eugene ONeill Lifetime Acheivement Award winner

in association with Irish American Writers & Artists and the Irish Arts Center


Thursday, April 11th | 7:30 pm

Admission: FREE |Reservations Essential

Master of Ceremonies

Peter Quinn 

Special Guests

Dan Barry         Aedin Moloney          Tara O’Grady           Mary Tierney

“Kennedy, master of the Irish-American lament in works like Billy Phelan’s Greatest Game and Ironweed,
proves here he can play with both hands and improvise on a theme without losing the beat.” 


Join us for an evening with William Kennedy, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, screenwriter and playwright, winner of the , celebrated with readings by Mary Tierney and Dan Barry from Kennedy’s works IronweedRoscoe and others, music by Tara O’Grady, and a conversation with William Kennedy moderated by Dan Barry.

Afterwards join us in the IAC Gallery for a reception and book signing.

William Kennedy, author, screenwriter and playwright, was born and raised in Albany, New York. Kennedy has brought his native city to literary life in Legs, Billy Phelan’s Greatest Game, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Ironweed. He is the founding director of the New York State Writers Institute and, in 1993, was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has received numerous literary awards, including the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and IAW&A’s inaugural Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award.

Thursday, April 11th | 7:30 pm

For more information, and to reserve tickets go to

or call 866.811.4111  

at Irish Arts Center
553 West 51st Street
New York, NY 10019

October 19, 2012

An Evening with the First Eugene O’Neill Award Winner William Kennedy…

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…Moderated by the first IAW&A president Peter Quinn
presented by the Irish Arts Center in association with Irish American Writers and Artists

Tuesday, October 30th | 7:30 pm

“Kennedy, master of the Irish-American lament in works like Billy Phelan’s Greatest Game and Ironweed, proves here he can play with both hands and improvise on a theme without losing the beat.” -THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

Celebrate with us the paperback launch of Changó’s Beads and TwoTone Shoes. Kennedy will be joined in conversation by author Peter Quinn.

Changó’s Beads and TwoTone Shoes is a an unforgettably riotous story of revolution, romance, and redemption, set against the landscape of the civil rights movement as it challenges the legendary and vengeful Albany political machine. Journalist Daniel Quinn’s epic journey carries him through the nightclubs and jungles of Cuba and into the newsrooms and racially charged streets of Albany on the day Robert Kennedy is fatally shot in 1968. The odyssey brings Quinn, and his exotic but unpredictable Cuban wife, Renata, a debutante revolutionary, face-to-face with the darkest facets of human nature and illuminates the power of love in the presence of death.

Reserve your free admission HERE

May 12, 2012

Invitation to “Smarty Girl” Audio Book Launch with Music, Song and Storytelling

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Smarty Girl: Dublin Savage

An Audio Book Launch with Music, Song and Storytelling

in association with Irish American Writers and Artists

Tuesday, May 15 | 7:30 pm

A magical evening of music and story that conjures a vanished Dublin.

“Honor Molloy makes a most memorable debut with this fiercely funny portrait of the artist as a young girl…Noleen O’Feeney is irreverent, sarcastic, resilient, engaging, entertaining, and wise beyond her years. I didn’t want the book to end. ”
-Peter Quinn, Banished Children of Eve and Looking for Jimmy

Author Honor Molloy joins forces with actor Aedin Moloney (Dancing at Lughansa), author Kevin Holohan and Grammy Award-winner Susan McKeown to celebrate the publication of Smarty Girl: Dublin Savage. Molloy’s autobiographical novel is a tender, irresistible and raucous portrait of 1960s Dublin, as seen through the eyes of a precocious little girl with a fierce imagination. Smarty Girl: Dublin Savage will come alive with readings by Moloney, Holohan and Molloy, and music sung by McKeown.

Honor Molloy holds an MFA from Brown University and has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts. Born in Dublin, Honor Molloy lives in Brook

“as much as I love the book, Smarty Girl lives in the ear…this is an ensemble piece and Susan’s music is essential…”
– Honor Molloy

Admission: FREE

Reserve through or 866-811-4111

May 7, 2012

Aedin Moloney in a Conversation Among Queens–free event at IAC, May 9

This Wednesday night, May 9, IAW&A member, Aedin Moloney, will be performing in the Fallen Angel Theatre Company’s reading of “The Conversation,” at the Irish Arts Center. Admission is free. 
The Conversation by Dennis Michael Corcoran

In 1593 Gráinne Ní Mháille (Granuaile / Grace O’Malley), the Irish pirate queen made the journey to London to meet Queen Elizabeth I, played by Aedin.
While this meeting and its outcome are historical facts, there is no record of what transpired between these two powerful women.
This is the story of their conversation.

Directed by Paula D’Alessandris
Featuring Daniel Damiano, Ruth Kavanagh and Aedín Moloney
The Irish Arts Center
553 West 51st Street
(btwn 10th & 11th Aves)
New York, NY 10019
Wednesday, 9th May 2012 at 7pm

Reservations required:
Please Email: or
Call: (201) 590-9357

May 4, 2012

Writing & Storytelling Workshop with Honor Molloy

“I have seen many perform their written work over the last forty years, but it is easy to say that Honor Molloy, on the page or in person, is one of the very best I have ever experienced.”  

– Stanley Crouch, critic, columnist, novelist

Enjoy a day discussing your fiction, connecting with fellow writers and learning strategies to address how to face open mics.

Honor Molloy will lead a writing and storytelling workshop for fiction writers. In this class, writers will explore several aspects of the short story in a craft discussion and get their creative juices flowing with writing exercises and prompts. This workshop will also be focused on reading your writing in public, which can bring awareness to the tone, pacing and word choice of your story. Participants should come to the workshop with a completed story, ready to be shared with the group. Honor Molloy will offer writers tips and give each person a chance to rehearse with an audience of fellow writers to gain concentration and confidence.


For new and practicing writers. Limited to 15 students.

Fee: $50 non-member of IAC / $45 IAC member, senior or student under 16

Register through or 866-811-4111 

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