Between the Lines: Mike McCormack's SOLAR BONES

The award-winning Irish novelist reads from his acclaimed novel


$10 general / $8 members. Buy together with 5pm Recovered Voices event: $16 general / $13 members


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Mike McCormack, author of Solar Bones (2016 Goldsmiths Prize, Bord Gais 2016 Irish Book of the Year), joins us to read from his funny, strange, and other-worldly novel, recently longlisted for the Man Booker prize.

About Solar Bones

Once a year, on All Souls’ Day, it is said that the dead may return. Solar Bones is the story of one such visit. Marcus Conway, a county engineer, comes back to the family house and considers the events that took him away—and that have brought him home again.

Funny and strange, McCormack’s ambitious and other-worldly novel plays with form and defies convention. A beautiful and haunting elegy, this story of order and chaos, love and loss captures how minor decisions ripple into waves and test our integrity in small ways every day.

"Hauntingly sad, but also frequently very funny—Proust reconfigured by Flann O’Brien."Literary Review

This reading is presented as part of our two-part event Between the Lines: Meet Dublin’s Tramp Press. Tramp Press, the award-winning Dublin independent publisher founded by Sarah Davis-Goff and Lisa Coen in 2014, is publishing some of Ireland’s best and brightest new voices, while reintroducing some of Ireland’s marginalized writers through their “Recovered Voices” series. 

We invite you to get to know these cutting edge publishers—who were famously part of the movement to make books published in Ireland eligible for the Man Booker Prize—and some of the writers they champion.

“Tramp Press has dared to think outside the box…a new voice, and indeed a new breed of Irish novel has been launched aloft”—The Guardian

Tickets for Mike McCormack’s 3pm reading

Tickets for Recovered Voices at 5pm

Tickets for BOTH 3pm and 5pm (at a discounted package price)




Presented with marketing support from Glucksman Ireland House—New York University.

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