Colm Tóibín

In conversation with Vona Groarke


$40 general / $32 members

Tue, Apr 2, 2019



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The three-time Man Booker finalist and celebrated author of Brooklyn discusses his new non-fiction work with Cullman Center Fellow Vona Groarke. Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know is an illuminating study of Irish culture, history, and literature told through the lives and work of three men—William Wilde, John Butler Yeats, and John Stanislaus Joyce—and the complicated, influential relationships they had with their equally complicated sons.

“An evocative, engaging portrait not only of ‘three prodigal fathers’…but of Dublin in the 19th and early 20th centuries."

—Gregory Cowles, New York Times Book Review 

“A short but entertaining, thoroughly engaging study on the agony of filial influence.”
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Juicy, wry and compelling.”
—Maureen Corrigan, Wall Street Journal



Funding for this program is also provided by the Charles Lawrence Keith & Clara Miller Foundation and Irish Institute.

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Irish Arts Center programs are supported, in part, by government, foundation, and corporate partners including Culture Ireland, the agency for the promotion of Irish arts worldwide; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office and the New York City Council; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature; Howard Gilman Foundation; Jerome L. Greene Foundation; the Charina Endowment Fund; the Ireland Funds; the Shubert Foundation, Inc.; the Irish Institute of New York; the Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, New York; the Charles Lawrence Keith & Clara Miller Foundation; Northern Ireland Bureau; the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Consulate of Ireland in New York; British Council; Morgan Stanley; Tourism Ireland; and thousands of generous donors like you.


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