Category Archives: Fiction

Alice McDermott with Michael Silverblatt, Reading, 22 October 2014 – Video

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on October 22, 2014.

This event was part of the Lannan Literary series.

Alice McDermott has, in the words of The New York Times, “staked an impressive claim on a subject matter and a turf–Irish American Catholic families congregated, for the most part, in New York City and its suburbs on Long Island.” Her seven works of fiction include At Weddings and Wakes, Charming Billy, and Child of My Heart: A Novel. Her most recent book, Someone, follows the everyday rhythms in the life of Marie, an ordinary Irish-American girl from Brooklyn in the 1930s, of which she said, “Setting the story there–not in the literal, geographical Brooklyn but in the one of memory, of romanticized recollection–is my way of visiting a place that I suspect never really existed.”

McDermott currently teaches at Johns Hopkins University as the Richard A. Macksey Professor of Humanities.

In this episode she is introduced by Michael Silverblatt and then reads from her work. The companion Conversation episode may be found here.

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Alice McDermott with Michael Silverblatt, 22 October 2014 – Audio

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on October 22, 2014.

Alice McDermott with Michael Silverblatt

This event was part of the Lannan Literary series.

Alice McDermott has, in the words of The New York Times, “staked an impressive claim on a subject matter and a turf–Irish American Catholic families congregated, for the most part, in New York City and its suburbs on Long Island.” Her seven works of fiction include At Weddings and Wakes, Charming Billy, and Child of My Heart: A Novel. Her most recent book, Someone, follows the everyday rhythms in the life of Marie, an ordinary Irish-American girl from Brooklyn in the 1930s, of which she said, “Setting the story there–not in the literal, geographical Brooklyn but in the one of memory, of romanticized recollection–is my way of visiting a place that I suspect never really existed.”

McDermott currently teaches at Johns Hopkins University as the Richard A. Macksey Professor of Humanities.

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James Heffernan on Leopold Bloom and his Adulterous Molly: Can this Marriage be Saved? 15 June 2014 – Q&A – Video

Recorded at the Lannan Foundation Meeting House in Santa Fe, New Mexico on June 15, 2014.

This event was part of the Lannan Literary series.

Bloomsday is a commemoration and celebration of the life of the Irish writer James Joyce during which the events of his novel Ulysses (which is set on 16 June 1904) are relived. It is observed annually on 16 June in Dublin and many cities around the world. This year, we celebrated Bloomsday on Sunday, 15 June at the New Mexico History Museum with a lecture by Professor James Heffernan.

James Heffernan, Professor Emeritus from Dartmouth College, has written extensively on James Joyce, particularly his Ulysses. For the Teaching Company he has taped 24 lectures on Ulysses and another 24 on great authors from Wordsworth to Camus. Yale University Press has just published his latest book, Hospitality and Treachery in Western Literature. For more, see www.jamesheff.com.

In this episode he answers questions from the audience. The companion Reading episode may be found here.

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James Heffernan on Leopold Bloom and his Adulterous Molly: Can this Marriage be Saved? 15 June 2014 – Reading – Video

Recorded at the Lannan Foundation Meeting House in Santa Fe, New Mexico on June 15, 2014.

This event was part of the Lannan Literary series.

Bloomsday is a commemoration and celebration of the life of the Irish writer James Joyce during which the events of his novel Ulysses (which is set on 16 June 1904) are relived. It is observed annually on 16 June in Dublin and many cities around the world. This year, we celebrated Bloomsday on Sunday, 15 June at the New Mexico History Museum with a lecture by Professor James Heffernan.

James Heffernan, Professor Emeritus from Dartmouth College, has written extensively on James Joyce, particularly his Ulysses. For the Teaching Company he has taped 24 lectures on Ulysses and another 24 on great authors from Wordsworth to Camus. Yale University Press has just published his latest book, Hospitality and Treachery in Western Literature. For more, see www.jamesheff.com.

In this episode he reads and discusses Ulysses. The companion Q&A episode may be found here.

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James Heffernan on Leopold Bloom and his Adulterous Molly: Can this Marriage be Saved? 15 June 2014 – Audio

Recorded at the Lannan Foundation Meeting House in Santa Fe, New Mexico on June 15, 2014.

James Heffernan on Leopold Bloom

This event was part of the Lannan Literary series.

Bloomsday is a commemoration and celebration of the life of the Irish writer James Joyce during which the events of his novel Ulysses (which is set on 16 June 1904) are relived. It is observed annually on 16 June in Dublin and many cities around the world. This year, we celebrated Bloomsday on Sunday, 15 June at the New Mexico History Museum with a lecture by Professor James Heffernan.

James Heffernan, Professor Emeritus from Dartmouth College, has written extensively on James Joyce, particularly his Ulysses. For the Teaching Company he has taped 24 lectures on Ulysses and another 24 on great authors from Wordsworth to Camus. Yale University Press has just published his latest book, Hospitality and Treachery in Western Literature. For more, see www.jamesheff.com.

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Colm Tóibín with Michael Silverblatt, Conversation, 21 May 2014 – Video

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on May 21, 2014.

This event was part of the Lannan Literary series.

Colm Tóibín is one of the most distinct and multi-layered voices in modern Irish fiction, noting, “I think fiction lends itself to messiness rather than the ideal, and plays well with the ironies surrounding what happens versus what should happen.” Aside from being a novelist, he is also a playwright, essayist, editor and journalist. Two of his books, The Blackwater Lightship and The Master, a novel depicting the interior life of writer Henry James, were shortlisted for the Booker Prize, and his play The Testament of Mary was nominated for a 2013 Tony Award.

Tóibín’s Love in a Dark Time: And Other Explorations of Gay Lives and Literature considers the topic through the lives and works of notable cultural figures such as Oscar Wilde, Elizabeth Bishop and Pedro Almodóvar. He is a member of Aosdána: the Irish Association of Artists and currently teaches creative writing at Columbia University.

In this episode he is joined in conversation with Michael Silverblatt. The companion Talk episode may be found here.

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Colm Tóibín with Michael Silverblatt, Reading, 21 May 2014 – Video

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on May 21, 2014.

This event was part of the Lannan Literary series.

Colm Tóibín is one of the most distinct and multi-layered voices in modern Irish fiction, noting, “I think fiction lends itself to messiness rather than the ideal, and plays well with the ironies surrounding what happens versus what should happen.” Aside from being a novelist, he is also a playwright, essayist, editor and journalist. Two of his books, The Blackwater Lightship and The Master, a novel depicting the interior life of writer Henry James, were shortlisted for the Booker Prize, and his play The Testament of Mary was nominated for a 2013 Tony Award.

Tóibín’s Love in a Dark Time: And Other Explorations of Gay Lives and Literature considers the topic through the lives and works of notable cultural figures such as Oscar Wilde, Elizabeth Bishop and Pedro Almodóvar. He is a member of Aosdána: the Irish Association of Artists and currently teaches creative writing at Columbia University.

In this episode he is introduced by Michael Silverblatt and then reads from his work. The companion Conversation episode may be found here.

You may learn more about this event on the Lannan website; you may also listen to the audio recording of this event there.

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Colm Tóibín with Michael Silverblatt, 21 May 2014 – Audio

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on May 21, 2014.

Colm Tóibín with Michael Silverblatt

This event was part of the Lannan Literary series.

Colm Tóibín is one of the most distinct and multi-layered voices in modern Irish fiction, noting, “I think fiction lends itself to messiness rather than the ideal, and plays well with the ironies surrounding what happens versus what should happen.” Aside from being a novelist, he is also a playwright, essayist, editor and journalist. Two of his books, The Blackwater Lightship and The Master, a novel depicting the interior life of writer Henry James, were shortlisted for the Booker Prize, and his play The Testament of Mary was nominated for a 2013 Tony Award.

Tóibín’s Love in a Dark Time: And Other Explorations of Gay Lives and Literature considers the topic through the lives and works of notable cultural figures such as Oscar Wilde, Elizabeth Bishop and Pedro Almodóvar. He is a member of Aosdána: the Irish Association of Artists and currently teaches creative writing at Columbia University.

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Benjamin Alire Sáenz with Cecilia Ballí, 16 April 2014 – Audio

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on April 16, 2014.

Benjamin Alire Sáenz with Cecilia Ballí

This event was part of the Lannan Literary Series

Benjamin Alire Sáenz’s latest book, Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club, is a collection of stories whose characters are all tied in one way or another to this famed watering hole on the Avenida Juárez, where the author says, “people go when they’re in trouble, when they’re looking for trouble or when they’re trying to get out of trouble.” A prolific writer and master of many genres, his books include the novel Carry Me Like Water, the young adult book Sammy & Juliana in Hollywood, and the poetry collection Dark and Perfect Angels.

Named one of 2010’s “Fifty of the Most Inspiring Authors in the World” by Poets & Writers magazine, Sáenz studied philosophy and theology and was a Wallace E. Stegner fellow in poetry at Stanford University. Born in Old Picacho, New Mexico in 1954, Sáenz has been a member of the faculty at the University of Texas at El Paso since 1992.

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Benjamin Alire Sáenz with Cecilia Ballí, Conversation, 16 April 2014 – Video

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on April 16, 2014.

This event was part of the Lannan Literary Series

Benjamin Alire Sáenz’s latest book, Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club, is a collection of stories whose characters are all tied in one way or another to this famed watering hole on the Avenida Juárez, where the author says, “people go when they’re in trouble, when they’re looking for trouble or when they’re trying to get out of trouble.” A prolific writer and master of many genres, his books include the novel Carry Me Like Water, the young adult book Sammy & Juliana in Hollywood, and the poetry collection Dark and Perfect Angels.

Named one of 2010’s “Fifty of the Most Inspiring Authors in the World” by Poets & Writers magazine, Sáenz studied philosophy and theology and was a Wallace E. Stegner fellow in poetry at Stanford University. Born in Old Picacho, New Mexico in 1954, Sáenz has been a member of the faculty at the University of Texas at El Paso since 1992.

In this episode he is joined in Conversation with Cecilia Ballí. The companion Talk episode may be found here.

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