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Reading at the AIHS: Thomas McGonigle & Marek Waldorf

October 17, 2016 @ 7:00 pm

On Monday, October 17, 2016 the Society will welcome Thomas McGonigle and Marek Waldorf to read from their books St. Patrick’s Day: Another Day in Dublin (Thomas McGonigle) and The Short Fall (Marek Waldorf).

St. Patrick’s Day: Another Day in Dublin (Notre Dame Press, 2016) by Thomas McGonigle

On Saint Patrick’s Day, an Irish American writer visiting Dublin takes a day trip around the city and muses on death, sex, lost love, Irish immigrant history, and his younger days as a student in Europe. Like James Joyce’s Ulysses, Thomas McGonigle’s award-winning novel St. Patrick’s Day takes place on a single day, combining a stream-of-consciousness narrative with masterful old-fashioned storytelling, which samples the literary histories of both Ireland and America and the worlds they influence. St. Patrick’s Day relies on an interior monologue to portray the narrator’s often dark perceptions and fantasies; his memories of his family in Patchogue New York, and of the women in his life; and his encounters throughout the day, as well as many years ago, with revelers, poets, African students, and working-class Dubliners.

Thomas McGonigle’s novel is a brilliant portrait of the uneasy alliance between the Irish and Irish Americans, the result of the centuries-old diaspora and immigration, which left unsettled the mysteries of origins and legacy. St. Patrick’s Day is a rollicking pub-crawl through multi-sexual contemporary Dublin, a novel full of passion, humor, and insight, which makes the reader the author’s accomplice, a witness to his heartfelt memorial to the fraught love affair between ancestors and generations. McGonigle tells the stories both countries need to hear. This particular St. Patrick’s Day is an unforgettable one.

McGonigle’s work has appeared in BOMBThe Guardian, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington PostPublic Illuminations Magazine… he lives on East First Street in Manhattan…for 25 years he was a foot messenger for Maple Vail Book Manufacturing and continues to teach at BMCC.


The Short Fall A Novel by Marek Waldorf

“The Short Fall is a rhetorical triumph, a novel about the presidency built architecturally on language and skyscraper sentences, an impressive, high flying debut.”  —  Jonathan Baumbach (Dreams of Molly)

Inspired by the Bush v. Clinton election of 1992, completed in 1996, and discovered by Turtle Point Press in 2013, The Short Fall charts the rise of a content-free candidate through the fall of his “exemplary patsy” and former speechwriter, the book’s embittered monologist. With its funhouse projections of the personal onto the political, and vice versa, The Short Fall chronicles the hollowing-out of core democratic norms, practices and values, presaging our current “bankrupt and volatile Republic.”  Farcical, tragic, eerily prophetic, and in very bad taste, the novel upends America’s paranoid obsession with political conspiracies while placing a banana peel under the so-called novel of ideas.  

“Possessed of great verve and tremendous inventive muscle, Marek Waldorf offers style and substance to spare in this terrific debut. Calvino’s millennial qualities are all here; but especially quickness and lightness and lots of pleasurable multiplicity. — Laird Hunt (NeverhomeKind One)
“An innovative, multilevel novel about a speechwriter’s relationship to his client, a charismatic presidential candidate named Vance Talbot, and about his own relationship to the written word. Much of the novel concerns the nuts-and-bolts of running for the highest office in the land, a fly-on-the-wall exposé of how campaigns are run. At the same time, The Short Fall is a metafictional meditation on creative writing. Waldorf is … writing for those who like Nabokov, Wallace, Danielewski, and other unconventional novelists. As both a political novel and a novel about the creative process, The Short Fall is a success.” — Steven Moore (The Novel: An Alternative History)

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October 17, 2016
7:00 pm


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