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Reading & Conversation with William Wall, Drue Heinz Literature Prize Winner

May 10, 2018 @ 6:30 pm

Meet award-winning Irish author William Wall at his only New York City appearance!

The Islands: Six Fictions by William Wall, Winner of the 2017 Drue Heinz Literature Prize
Thursday, May 10, 2018



Meet award-winning Irish author William Wall at his only New York City appearance!

Wall, of Cork, Ireland, will read from and discuss his short story collection The Islands: Six Fictions. The reading will be followed by a Q&A, during which Bill will take questions about his writing and Irish culture in general. The Q&A will be followed by a wine reception and book signing.

William Wall is the 2017 winner of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize for his short story collection, The Islands: Six Fictions, chosen by David Gates. Wall has also won the Doolin Prize for poetry, Virginia Faulkner Award, the Sean O’Faoláin Prize, several Writer’s Week prizes, and the Patrick Kavanagh Award. Wall was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Manchester Fiction Prize. He was shortlisted for the Young Minds Book Award, the Irish Book Awards, the Raymond Carver Award, the Hennessy Award and several others. He is the author of two additional short story collections; four novels, with two forthcoming in 2018 and 2019; and four poetry collections.

In this collection of interconnected stories, the beautiful and ravaging forces of sea and land collide with the forces of human nature, through isolation and family, love and loss, madness and revelation. The stories follow the lives of two sisters and the people who come and go in their lives, much like the tides. Dominated by the tragic loss of a third sister at a young age, their family spirals out of control. We witness three stages of the sisters’ lives, each taking place on an island—in southwest Ireland, southern England, and the Bay of Naples. Beautifully and sparsely written, the stories in The Islands deeply evoke landscape and character, and are suffused with a keen eye for detail and metaphor.

“The Islands is evocative, moving, yet tough-minded, written with marvelous style and authority. After just the first few sentences, we trust absolutely that this writer is in control and knows what he’s doing. The narratives move expeditiously, even when they’re thick with description, and the characters’ voices are distinct and convincing. It was a pleasure to read.”—David Gates

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May 10, 2018
6:30 pm


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