Babel: Edna O'Brien

Friday  24 March  2017  8:00 PM    Friday  24 March  2017 10:00 PM
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In celebration of Women’s History Month, Just Buffalo Literary Center welcomes legendary Irish novelist Edna O’Brien. O’Brien first gained notoriety with the publication of "The Country Girls" in 1960. The book was censored and the family’s parish priest public burnt copies. Despite all of the turmoil, the book was awarded the Kingsley Amis Award in 1962 and is now considered a landmark in post-World War II Irish fiction.

Ms. O’Brien, who left Ireland after the incident, will be in Buffalo for Just Buffalo Literary Center’s BABEL series on March 24th. She will talking about “Why Literature Matters” focusing on writers who have been particularly influential on her practice—Joyce, Dickinson, Faulkner—and how literature deserves a place in our daily lives.

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Kleinhans Music Hall
3 Symphony Cir, Buffalo, 14201, NY, United States

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-- 24/03/2017 13:10
A reminder that tickets for tonight's event are now only available at the door (cash, credit, check). We look forward to seeing you all there!

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-- 22/03/2017 18:25
The Buffalo News interviews Edna O'Brien (to be in print Friday). Q: You have spoken of a walk with Marlon Brando, who when he asked if you were a great writer you replied, "I don't know, but I intend to be." In your mind, did you get there? A: I think for me to answer that would be tantamount to vanity. I think I am doing all I can in my latent powers to bring the words I write, and the story I tell, to as deep a place and pitch as I can. Then, time and others can decide what I am. I am lucky, in that age has, in fact, made me more determined, and more passionate and more assiduous about language, and about the books I write. I haven't given up.
http://buffalonews.com/2017/03/22/irish-literary-giant-coming-babel/

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-- 22/03/2017 17:05
Sherry Robbins
-- 22/03/2017 17:05
Genius. Tom and I will be there with bells on.

Kevin Thurston Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 21/03/2017 14:55
Jordan Smith has his tickets, do you? justbuffalo.org, 716.832.5400, or at the door
Rachael Brown
-- 21/03/2017 14:55
I'm going to be out of town for this one and I'm so so bummed about it. This looks really interesting. Let me know how her talk is!
Just Buffalo Literary Center
-- 21/03/2017 14:55
Have a good trip and we will see you at Babel: Dave Eggers :)

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-- 19/03/2017 17:24
Here's a nice read from The Paris Review to prepare you for this Friday! from the article: O’Brien resembles one of her own heroines: beautiful in a subtle, wistful way, with reddish-blond hair, green eyes, and a savage sense of humor.
https://www.theparisreview.org/interviews/2978/edna-obrien-the-art-of-fiction-no-82-edna-obrien

Sherry Robbins Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 18/03/2017 03:03
Bringing Major Tom to this one. In awe of her.

Capucine L Philson Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 18/03/2017 03:02
I'm excited like always to participate in this next Babel event!!

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-- 16/03/2017 15:12
Babel with Edna O'Brien is featured in this week's Buffalo Citybration newsletter. Check it out. And be sure to add all your events to the BuffaloVibe event calendar!
http://us10.campaign-archive2.com/?u=fb847f913829877dba52817ba&id=8a9c688903

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-- 16/03/2017 14:14
Edna O'Brien loves James Joyce—her passion for Joyce is on full display in this article. Buffalo loves James Joyce—University at Buffalo holds one of the world's largest collections of Joyce & the Irish Classical Theatre celebrates him every Bloomsday. Next Friday listen to her discuss Joyce, Faulkner, Dickinson, & more!
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/jan/27/edna-obrien-how-james-joyces-anna-livia-plurabelle-shook-the-literary-world

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-- 13/03/2017 17:28
She thinks of something funny. “I must tell you,” she says. “When [The Lonely Girl] came out a woman in Scariff, who was sort of my friend . . .” She pauses to correct herself “Well, she still spoke to me. She said, ‘You know what they’re saying, Edna? That the first book was a prayer book by comparison.’ ” She laughs. Much of the opprobrium was to do with her gender. “A woman did not have the franchise” to write what she did, she says.
http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/edna-o-brien-i-was-lonely-cut-off-from-the-dance-of-life-1.2419776

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-- 13/03/2017 14:56
(1:51) In this installment of 40 Stories, Tamara Alsace discusses the diversity of the BABEL series, pointing out how "it's like having a conversation with the author" which allows the audience "to experience literature in a different way."

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-- 13/03/2017 13:30
We've heard you! To improve the sound quality at BABEL we've worked hand-in-hand with Kleinhans to purchase 18 new assisted listening devices and redesign the setup of microphones and speakers!
Susan M. Hutton
-- 13/03/2017 13:30
That's really nice. Just letting you know that I have never had a problem hearing speakers, with the exception of the night that the power went out in Kleinhans' area.

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-- 10/03/2017 13:38
If you’ve never been to BABEL before, you are missing out. Imagine the smartest person you know speaking about a subject they love and you are getting the picture. Add to that a walk up Porter Avenue on a Spring evening to the beautiful setting of Kleinhans Music Hall and you have yourself the makings of a wonderful night. Thank you Buffalo Rising!
https://www.buffalorising.com/2017/03/irish-exiles-edna-obrien-to-discuss-joyce-dickinson-and-faulkner-at-babel/

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-- 09/03/2017 16:18

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-- 28/02/2017 19:36
We offer VIP tickets for every BABEL event. VIP tickets are currently available for both Edna O'Brien and Dave Eggers. What are the benefits of a VIP ticket? —a catered reception with the author —preferred seating —the opportunity to get your book signed prior to the event Get your VIP tickets today! http://www.justbuffalo.org/product/babel-tickets-edna-o-brien-2017-03-24/ or call 716.832.5400.

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-- 22/02/2017 13:22
"Boldly imagined and harrowing.... Here, in addition to O'Brien's celebrated gifts of lyricism and mimetic precision, is a new, unsettling fabulist vision that suggests Kafka more than Joyce.... A work of meditation and penance." ―Joyce Carol Oates, New York Times Book Review, "Editors' Choice"
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