Kevin Barry presents Dark Lies the Island
In conversation with Craig Finn of The Hold Steady
When Irish author Kevin Barry stormed US shores last year with his debut novel City of Bohane, the adjectives used to describe his prose were near ecstatic: “virtuosic,” “exuberant,” “impossibly perfect,” “rich, raucous, wild, profane.” He’s back for round two with Dark Lies the Island, the award-winning new story collection, in which Barry’s wicked humor and razor-sharp ear for the vernacular are on full display as he makes his way through a startlingly broad range of characters. Kevin talks about his work with Craig Finn, lead singer and lyricist of Brooklyn rock band The Hold Steady, who shares Barry’s Irish ancestry and gift for a literary vernacular. Join us for a unique conversation about art, storytelling, and history.