Boy, do we have a treat for you folks this WednesdayÂ night:
Visiting Montreal from Ireland for one week only as part of the 2012 IASIL conference,
poet Leontia Flynn (Jonathan Cape, UK) and novelist/short-story writer Kevin Barry (Random House, UK) have agreed to a last minute reading engagement with the Argo for tomorrow night, Wednesday, August 1st.
Leontia Flynn has been called “one of the most strikingly original and exciting poetic voices to have emerged from Northern Ireland since [Paul] Muldoon,” while Kevin Barry has already in a few short years accrued a cult following for his edgy, bawdy and fiercely observed fiction, whose originality of language and breadth of character puts him in some bizarre register between Tom Waits and Samuel Beckett.
We had the rare pleasure of witnessing both read today, and cannot stress enough that this is the real deal and a rare opportunity – we felt compelled, nay obliged to put this on for anyone who might have missed it. Barry is likely the most involving and theatrical reader you will see for quite some time, while the poignant, funny and understated lyrics of Flynn provide perfect counterpoint.
Due to space considerations and the heat, the reading will take place next door to the shop at La Croissanterie who have been so kind as to offer their space with such short notice.
Drinks and snacks will be available from them and we will be selling copies of the authors’ books, which they would be pleased to sign. The event is Free and everyone is welcome.
We hope to see you in numbers! Please pass this along to anyone who might be interested!
To read more about Barry’s new novel, the dystopian Irish-western City of Bohane from The Millions click here
To read a review of Flynn’s new collection of poetry Profit & Loss from The Guardian click here