2011 Choice - 'Ghost Light' by Joseph O'Connor!
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The chosen title will be supported by a wide range of public events and celebrations next April. Previous One City, One Book novels have been Flann O’Briens’s At Swim Two Birds, Sebastian Barry’s A Long, Long Way, Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray.
For Ghost Light, the celebrations in April 2011 will include:
- A month of public events, readings and music, at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin.
- Performances and readings of plays by John Synge and his circle.
- Exhibitions, extravaganzas, happenings, walks, talks, train rides, art shows, films etc.
- A series of unique events titled ‘SYNGE FOR YOUR SUPPER’, in which any Dublin resident can invite Joseph O'Connor to come and give a reading in her/his home, workplace, back yard, school, college - any venue imaginable. Eight lucky readers will be selected by lot. Whether reading to two people in a bedsit or to 100 people on the morning bus-ride, this is an exciting new way for people to take ownership of Dublin: One City One Book.
O'Connor's novel, which was published by Harvill Secker in June2010, is loosely based on the love affair between the great Irish playwright John Millington Synge and the Abbey Theatre actress Molly Allgood. The novel received rave reviews at home and internationally, and was a no.1 bestseller in Ireland for nine weeks. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Cunningham called it 'A rare and wonderful book'. It has been sold for translation in 16 languages. A special paperback edition will be published under the Vintage imprint for 'Dublin: One City One Book'.
Commenting on the news, Joseph O'Connor said: 'I am delighted and deeply touched for Ghost Light to be chosen to receive this accolade. Any Dublin writer would be thrilled to have a novel honoured in this way. I look forward to getting involved in making next year's One City One Book Festival the best and most inclusive yet.'