Tuesday, December 6th at 7:00 p.m.
We are over the moon to be hosting the rare and splendid writer Colm Tóibín, gifting us with an advance reading from his forthcoming eighth novel House of Names, a retelling of the story of Clytemnestra. Joining him on this not-to-miss Hibernian evening is musician James Fearnley, founding member of the beloved London-Irish band the Pogues. James will give us a taste of his memoir, Here Comes Everybody: The Story of the Pogues, and he and a few special guests will rollick us with some tunes. All of this and a tasting of the new “Pogues Whiskey”! With sample snacks from our co-presenter
Larchmont Village Wine, Spirits & Cheese, who will be offering exclusive one-night-only discounts on pre-orders of Pogues Whiskey. Reading, Music, Signing, and Tasting.
“People call Tóibín a beautiful writer because they don’t know how otherwise to classify such a delicate talent, such empathic simplicity. Some mysteries can’t be deciphered by criticism. Colm Tóibín is not a beautiful writer, he’s merely a great one.” – Darin Strauss, The Los Angeles Times
Colm Tóibín is the author of seven novels, including The Master, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; Brooklyn, winner of the Costa Book Award; The Testament of Mary, and Nora Webster, as well as two story collections. Three times shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Tóibín lives in Dublin and New York.
In House of Names, (to be released by Simon & Schuster in May of 2017) Tóibín brings a modern sensibility and language to an ancient classic. He brilliantly inhabits the mind of one of Greek myth’s most powerful villains to reveal the love, lust, and pain she feels.
James Fearnley was born in 1954 in Manchester. A multi-instrumentalist, specializing in guitar and accordion, he was a founding member of the Pogues, and played with the London-Irish folk-punk band throughout the band’s thirty-year career. Leaving the band in 1993, he moved to California to form the critically acclaimed Low and Sweet Orchestra. In 2012, James’s memoir of his life in the Pogues, Here Comes Everybody, was published. As well as currently working on a second book, his first work of fiction, James is a member and co-founder of Los Angeles band, Cranky George, whose first album, Fat Lot Of
Good, was released in October.
“In Here Comes Everybody: The Story of the Pogues, James Fearnley paints a clear, often dark picture of the fantastic highs and dramatic lows of life in one of the most original bands of their era…a hugely compelling and moving account.” – Chicago Review Press
“The portrait of Shane is so vivid and disturbing, the capturing of the various scenes the band moved through so affectionate and sad, and the writing so good. Fearnley has made a work of art to set beside the band’s records. Beautiful.”—John Jeremiah Sullivan (author of Pulphead)