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Dublin 1918 and Now: Emma Donoghue in Conversation with Roddy Doyle


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Tuesday, 12:00 pm EDT July 28, 2020

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Acclaimed writer Emma Donoghue’s latest novel, The Pull of the Stars, takes readers to Dublin in 1918, doubly ravaged by war and disease, in a makeshift maternity ward for expectant mothers with the flu. The story’s uncanny parallels to the current pandemic, social inequities, and precarious politics inspired Little, Brown and Company to publish her novel a year ahead of schedule.

Donoghue will be joined in conversation by Booker Prize-winning novelist Roddy Doyle whose witty and moving new novel Love, published in June by Viking Books, is also set in Dublin.

Don’t miss this lively talk between two beloved storytellers from the Emerald Isle!


In Conversation

  • Emma Donoghue © Mark Raynes Roberts, 2015. - Melanie McNair

    Emma Donoghue

    Emma Donoghue

    Born in Dublin in 1969, Emma Donoghue is an Irish emigrant twice over: she spent eight years in Cambridge doing a PhD in eighteenth-century literature before moving to London, Ontario, where she lives with her partner and their two children. She also migrates between genres, writing literary history, biography, stage and radio plays as well as fairy tales and short stories. She is best known for her novels, which range from the historical (SlammerkinLife MaskLandingThe Sealed Letter) to the contemporary (Stir-FryHoodLanding). Her international bestseller Room was a New York Times Best Book of 2010 and was a finalist for the Man Booker, Commonwealth, and Orange Prizes. For more information, visit

  • Doyle author photo credit Anthony Woods - Melanie McNair

    Roddy Doyle

    Roddy Doyle

    Roddy Doyle was born in Dublin in 1958. He is the author of eleven acclaimed novels, including The CommitmentsThe Van (a finalist for the Booker Prize), Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha (winner of the Booker Prize), The Woman Who Walked Into DoorsA Star Called Henry, and, most recently, Smile. Doyle has also written two collections of stories, and several works for children and young adults. He lives in Dublin.