Sat 8th Nov
4:00 - 5:30pm
SEMINAR: PAUL LYNCH
This seminar offers participants an opportunity to discuss, in an informal conversational format, the novels and the writing life of this new Irish author who evokes character, mood, and sense of place through extraordinary use of language. Colm Tóibín has said of Paul Lynch's style that “it is written in tones that are sumptuous and poetic, so I am savouring the book sentence by sentence”.
Paul Lynch is the author of the critically lauded Irish novels Red Sky In Morning, currently nominated for France’s best foreign book prize, le Prix du meilleur livre étranger, and The Black Snow, and has been hailed as a major new writer by authors such as Sebastian Barry, Colum McCann and Daniel Woodrell.
After a six-publisher bidding war, his debut novel Red Sky in Morning was published to critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic in 2013. It was an amazon.com Book of the Month, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick, a Huffington Post book of the week and The Daily Beast’s Hot Read. It was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, where Lynch was hailed as “a lapidary young master”. It was a book of the year in The Irish Times, The Toronto Star, the Irish Independent and the Sunday Business Post.
His second novel The Black Snow was published this spring in the UK and Ireland. It was hailed as “masterful” and “a significant achievement” by The Sunday Times, “dazzling” by The Sunday Business Post and “powerful” by the Irish Times, which praised his ability to “reinvent the English language”. It will be published in America by Little, Brown in Spring 2015. Red Sky in Morning was published in the French ("Un Ciel Rouge, le Matin") in March 2014 by Albin Michel to massive critical acclaim.
Paul was born in Limerick in 1977, grew up in Donegal, and is now living in Dublin. He was the chief film critic of Ireland’s Sunday Tribune newspaper from 2007 to 2011, when the newspaper folded. He has written regularly for many Irish newspapers and has written regularly for The Sunday Times on film.