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PEN World Voices Festival: Edna O'Brien talks about writing, her life as a writer, and her memoir, Country Girl

Friday, May 3, 2013, 6:00 p.m.

at Glucksman Ireland House NYU


This event, previously scheduled for May 3, 2013 at 6pm, has unfortunately been cancelled.

Edna O'Brien's distinguished writing career has garnered many honors and accolades: The 2011 Frank O'Connor Short Story Award, The Los Angeles Times Book Prize, The National Arts Club Gold Medal, The Irish PEN Lifetime Achievement Award, and honorary membership in the American Academy of Arts and Letters, among others. Since 1960, when she published her first novel, The Country Girls and so scandalized her local parish that a priest burned the book, O'Brien's singular voice has inspired generations of women with its beauty and perceptiveness. O'Brien was undeterred by the Church's harsh criticism of her early writings and has since created a body of work that bears comparison with the best writing of our time.