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ILHS: Emer Martin on “The Cruelty Men”

January 27, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

Sunday January 27, 2019, 5 pm – Emer Martin on “The Cruelty Men”
UICC, St Francis Room

Emer Martin will speak about her widely acclaimed new novel “The Cruelty Men” a sweeping multi-generational view of an Irish-speaking family who moved from Kerry to the Meath Gaeltacht and the disasters that befall their children in Irish institutions.

Her first novel, based on her travels, Breakfast in Babylon, won Book of the Year at the 1996 Listowel Writers’ Week. When it was published in the U.S., Emer became part of the 90s zeitgeist writers and connected with the Scottish writers and Rebel Inc. She did many tours of the U.S and Europe. Martin studied painting in New York and graduated from the Thomas Hunter Honors Program of Hunter College as class valedictorian in January 1998. More Bread Or I’ll Appear, her second novel, was published internationally in 1999. She was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2000. Emer returned to a transformed Ireland in 2004, and taught writing in Trinity College Dublin and pursued her passion for painting. She had two sell-out solo shows of paintings at the Origin Gallery in Harcourt St, Dublin. Baby Zero was published in March 2007 by Brandon Publishers and released internationally through the publishing co-operative Rawmeash based in the Bay Area.

Emer rented a studio on a farm in Co. Meath by the Boyne River and wrote The Cruelty Men. She has also published three children’s books, Why is the Moon Following Me?, Pooka, and The Pig who Danced.

ILHS Members: FREE
Non-Members: $5


January 27, 2019
5:00 pm
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United Irish Cultural Center
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