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Robert Olen Butler & Neil Hegarty
Thu 1 December 2016, 19:00 – 22:00 GMT
No Alibis Bookstore is pleased to invite you to a very special literary event featuring two highly talented and critically acclaimed authors on Thursday 1st December at 7:00PM.
Robert Olen Butler was born in Granite City, Illinois, USA and has published sixteen novels and six volumes of short fiction including A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain, which won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. He was also a charter recipient of the Tu Do Chinh Kien Award given by the Vietnam Veterans of America for “outstanding contributions to American culture by a Vietnam veteran.”.
In 2013 he became the seventeenth recipient of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for Outstanding Achievement in American Literature. His stories have been chosen for inclusion in four annual editions of The Best American Short Stories and most recently in The New Granta Book of the American Short Story, edited by Richard Ford.
His works have been translated into twenty-one languages, including Vietnamese, Thai, Korean, Polish, Japanese and most recently Chinese.
Perfume River (No Exit Press) sees Butler return to the subject matter that inspired his 1993 Pulitzer Prize-winning collection of short stories, A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain – the Vietnam War. "Profound and poignant", this literary novel is an examination of relationships, personal choice, and how war resonates down the generations
Neil Hegarty was born in Derry in Northern Ireland, and now lives in Dublin. He holds a doctoral degree in English from Trinity College Dublin, and has written a number of key works in cultural history, including the bestselling Story of Ireland (BBC Books), which accompanies the BBC television series; and, London: The Secret History of our Streets (BBC Books).
Neil’s most recent non-fiction title is, Frost: That Was The Life That Was (WH Allen), the authorised biography of the late Sir David Frost.
Neil’s essays, short fiction, reviews and journalism have been published widely, including in the Daily Telegraph, Irish Times, Dublin Review, Stinging Fly, Warwick Review, BBC History and Huffington Post. His radio play The Story of Peggy Mountain was shortlisted for the PJ O’Connor Award.
Neil’s new novel Inch Levels, published by Head of Zeus in autumn 2016 is a novel about a family over two generations and the corrosive power of secrets, set in Derry and Donegal against a backdrop of WWII and the Troubles. A haunting debut set in the harsh, beautiful landscape of Ireland's north coast.