A Celebration of Edna O’Brien

Presented by Irish Arts Center and Symphony Space, in association with PEN America


$32 and up (IAC members, enter your promotion code to access your discounted tickets, or email if you did not receive one)

Wed, Nov 13, 2019



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Please note: this event is NOT at Irish Arts Center.

Peter Norton Symphony Space
2537 Broadway, New York, NY 10025


From her landmark debut, The Country Girls, through sixty years of novels, short stories, poetry, plays, biographies and memoir, Edna O’Brien has stirred imaginations across generations.

The legendary author sits down with Richard Ford to look back on her immense contribution to literature. A host of authors and actors, including Gina Apostol (Insurrecto), Maeve Higgins (Maeve in America), Zainab Jah (Deep State), Aedín Moloney (Yes! Reflections of Molly Bloom), and more pay tribute and read selections from some of her most celebrated works.

O’Brien’s 20th novel, Girl, will be released in October.

"This famous, infamous, beloved and influential novel didn’t break the mould. It made it."
—Eimear Mcbride on The Country Girls in the Irish Times






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