I am really delighted to be launching Lisa C. Taylor's debut collection of short stories, Growing a New Tail in the Pearse Library, Dublin on Thursday 3 Sept at 6.00pm. Lisa and her husband Russ are flying in from the US especially for the event so it will be a double celebration for me getting to meet up with them again.
Her first venture into short fiction, this most accomplished collection is, as Suzanne Strempek Shea says in her endorsement, 'populated memorably by characters who must find their footing after their lives have been irreparably altered by loss or circumstance. Richard Hoffman remarks on the exquisite writing, the observations that are nearly preternatural, the incandescent intelligence. But there is much more to it, with its poetry, its wit, its undeniable humanity. The only reason I didn't read it in one sitting was so I could savour each perfect image.
With its stunning artwork by Robert Sparrow Jones this is another exquisite publication from Arlen House. Congratulations, my good friend.
Alan McMonagle, another fine Arlen House author, will be launching the collection in Charlie Byrne's Bookshop on Sat 5 Sept at 6:00pm.
|Photo: Russ Taylor|