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PEN World Voices Festival: Sebastian Barry reads from The Temporary Gentleman

Friday, May 2, 2014, 5:30 p.m.

at Glucksman Ireland House NYU

Highly acclaimed author Sebastian Barry reads from his new book, The Temporary Gentleman, a novel written from the perspective Jack McNulty, an Irishman who lived through a great war and the subsequent peace, and who is haunted by his great love.

J.M. Coetzee said of his work that it was, “a deeply moving story of courage and fidelity.” The New York Times called his previous novels, “language of surpassing beauty….It is like a song, with all the pulse of the Irish language.”

Novelist, poet, and playwright Sebastian Barry was born in Dublin in 1955. He is the author of the highly acclaimed novels The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty, Annie Dunne, and A Long Long Way, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. His novel The Secret Scripture, from which he read at Glucksman Ireland House NYU in 2009, was also shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction and won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and On Canaan’s Side was longlisted for the Man Booker and was nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Award. He lives with wife and three children in County Wicklow, Ireland. 

Part of the 2014 PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature NYU Mini-Festival.


PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, New York City, April 28-May 4, 2014. For its 10th anniversary, the Festival celebrates those who have dared to stand 'on the edge,' risking their careers, and sometimes their lives, to speak out for their art and beliefs. Join us for a wide range of events, including debates, one-on-one conversations, participatory workshops and performances in venues throughout the city. PEN will feature several events in association with The Public Theater, a center for culture, arts and ideas.

Free admission to Members of Glucksman Ireland House and to all students/faculty with a valid NYU I.D. card. For non-members: $10 donation at the door for the general event series.

Please note: This event has been booked to capacity. Glucksman Ireland House Members and NYU students have been added to a waiting list, which is now closed. This event will not be able to seat walk-ins.

All events are supported by members of Glucksman Ireland House. Become a member.