Colm Toibin, Patrick McGrath, and Charlotte Carter will be appearing as part of the reading series Prose in General, organized by Robert Marshall.
Irish author Colm Toibin’s novel The Blackwater Lightship was short listed for the 1999 Booker prize. His other novels include The Story of the Night and The Heather Blazing, Toibin’s work consistently weaves together personal and political themes, including fascism, AIDS, and the Irish “troubles”. His nonfiction works include Bad Blood, an account of his travels through Northern Ireland, and The Irish Famine, a historical and personal reexamination of the controversy surrounding this critical moment in Irish history.
Patrick McGrath, who has been called the Henry James of neo-gothic fiction by critics, is the author of Spider, a novel soon to be made into a film by David Cronenberg. His most recent work, Martha Peake: A Novel of the Revolution, was a New York Times notable book for 2000. His other books include Asylum, The Grotesque, Dr. Haggard’s Disease? and ??Blood and Water and other Tales. McGrath is the co-editor, with Bradford Morrow, of The New Gothic. He lives in London and New York.
Charlotte Carter’s novel Walking Bones is an homage to a list of beatnik era “Joneses” — Leroi Jones, Gayle Jones, and Nettie Jones; it will be released this fall. She is the author of three crime novels, Rhode Island Red, Coq au Vin, and Drumsticks, which feature the Jazz playing African American detective Nanette Hayes. A former film critic, Carter is also the author of two collections of prose and poetry, Personal Effects and Sheltered Life.