Reading with Patrick McCabe (Ireland) and Henry Glassie (U.S.)Wednesday, March 15, 2017 @ 8 p.m.
Join us for a reading with writers Patrick McCabe (Ireland) and Henry Glassie (folklorist in U.S.). Patrick Mccabe will be reading from his novel The Butcher Boy and Henry Glassie will read from his folklore ethnography The Stars of Ballymenone.
Patrick McCabe, born in Ireland in 1955, has authored many novels including The Dead School, The Butcher Boy, Breakfast on Pluto, Winterwood and Hello Mr. Bones. Movies include The Butcher Boy and Breakfast on Pluto, both directed by Neil Jordan.
He is married with two grown-up children, to the artist Margot Quinn, and is delighted to be in Pittsburgh and America and to be in the company of Henry Glassie, whose work he has described as “magnificent” and the equal of Faulkner.
He also likes Henry because he sings Irish Ballads-which he does himself. And sometimes American ones too, especially by Marty Robbins. He is delighted to be in American and especially Pittsburgh because he likes the Deer Hunter and Michael Chabon.
Oh, and at this reading with Henry and Patrick, if anyone has a Martin acoustic guitar, they really ought to bring it along.
His next work is Leaves in Heaven, a play to be premiered at the Dublin Theatre Festival next year.
Henry Glassie, recently retired College Professor of Folklore at Indiana University, has received many awards for his work, including the Chicago Folklore Prize, the Haney Prize in the Social Sciences, the Cummings Award of the Vernacular Architecture Forum, the Kniffen and Douglas awards of the Pioneer America Society, the Nigerian Studies Association Book Prize, and formal recognition for his contributions from the ministries of culture of Turkey and Bangladesh. Three of his works have been named among the notable books of the year by The New York Times.
In 2010, he was given the American Folklore Society’s award for a lifetime of scholarly achievement, and he received the prestigious Charles Homer Haskins Prize of the American Council of Learned Societies in 2011; the award honors a “scholarly career of distinctive importance,” and Glassie is the first folklorist to be so honored.
Glassie has lectured throughout the United States and Canada, and in Ireland, Scotland, Wales, England, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Malta, Turkey, Israel, Kuwait, India, Bangladesh, China, and Japan. He is the author of Pattern in the Material Folk Culture of the Eastern United States, Folk Housing in Middle Virginia, All Silver and No Brass, Irish Folk History, Passing the Time in Ballymenone, Irish Folktales, The Spirit of Folk Art, Turkish Traditional Art Today, Art and Life in Bangladesh, Material Culture, The Potter’s Art, Vernacular Architecture, The Stars of Ballymenone, and Prince Twins Seven-Seven: His Art, His Life in Nigeria, His Exile in America. He is the co-author of Ola Belle Reed and Southern Mountain Music on the Mason-Dixon Line, and he co-authored with his wife, Pravina Shukla, Sacred Art: Catholic Saints and Candomblé Gods in Modern Brazil, now in press.