Tom O'Neill & John Freeman Gill
May 23, 2017, 7:00 PM
Grattan and Me, Tom O’Neill’s sprawling comic novel, addresses countless contemporary political, economic and ecological problems, sparing no person or institution from ridicule. Hilarious and poignant, John Freeman Gill's The Gargoyle Hunters is a love letter to a vanishing city, and a deeply emotional story of fathers and sons. Join us tonight to hear these two brilliant contemporary authors discuss their new work.
Tom O'Neill has written since he was given a pencil back in Carlow in the early 60s. His creative efforts have rarely impacted anyone as much as they do himself. Writing educational materials is what has kept the pot boiling. Then he met a man from Dalkey Archive Press who told him to write what he knows about. He doesn't know a lot about anything. But he cares quite a bit about family, fiction, development education, pisrogs, bio-sciences, farming, heritage architecture, new technologies, old wisdoms and being of Ireland. So now he has migrated to Kilkenny (via Galway, Cork, Munich, Kimberley, Durban, Dublin, and Cape Town) and writes mostly about what he cares about.
John Freeman Gill is the author of the novel The Gargoyle Hunters (Knopf), a Spring 2017 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Pick described by The Washington Post as "unabashedly charming," by The Los Angeles Review of Books as "extravagantly satisfying," and by Booklist as "a stellar debut … historical fiction par excellence." A longtime New York Times contributor, he has written for The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Observer, the International Herald Tribune, New York magazine, The New York Times Book Review, and others. His Times articles have been anthologized in two New York Times books.