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Irish Novelist Sebastian Barry to Read


7 p.m., Thursday, April 6


The Catholic University of America
Life Cycle Institute Auditorium
620 Michigan Ave., N.E.
Washington, D.C.


Irish novelist and playwright Sebastian Barry will read from his novel, "A Long Long Way," which was short-listed for the 2005 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, Britain's most prestigious literary award. The novel about Irish soldier Willie Dunne, who confronts the harsh realities of World War I and the Irish struggle for independence, is a sequel to Barry's award-winning 1995 play, "The Steward of Christendom."

Praised as a "master storyteller" by The Wall Street Journal, Barry also is the author of the novels "The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty" (1999) and "Annie Dunne" (2003); the poetry collections "Fanny Hawke Goes to the Mainland Forever" (1989) and "The Water-Colourist" (1983); and a novel for children, "Elsewhere: the Adventures of Belemus" (1985).

Christina Mahony, director of CUA's Center for Irish Studies, will introduce Barry. Mahony is the editor of "Out of History: Essays on the Writings of Sebastian Barry," which will be published in April by CUA Press.

Barry also will sign copies of his book, which will be available for purchase. The reading is free and open to the public.

SPONSOR: CUA's Center for Irish Studies

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Media contact(s):
· Chris Harrison, CUA Office of Public Affairs, 202-319-5600,
· Katie Lee, CUA Office of Public Affairs, 202-319-5600,