Versions Of America
Two writers exploring life on opposite coasts of the United States forms the basis of tomorrow evening’s literary event in the Parade Tower. Ireland’s John Butler and America’s Liza Klaussman are two of this years most exciting literary debutantes and they will be reading from their respective first novels The Tenderloin and Tigers In Red Weather. The Tenderloin tells the story of three young Dubliners who head to San Francisco as the dotcom boom hit. Tigers In Red Weather looks at the occupants of Tiger House in post second world war America. The event takes place tomorrow evening at 6pm in the Parade Tower, Kilkenny Castle. Full event details here.
To whet your appetite, here's two different perspectives from the writers about their new works.
Liza Klaussman on Tigers In Red Weather
“I'm close to my grandparents so I knew a lot of details about the era. But the main reason I used that time period is because it went along with the characters I wanted to create. Everyone was supposed to be happy because the bad times were behind them. I wanted to know what would happen to these people. If you're going to tell the story of a family there's no one objective truth. The only way you can get anywhere approximate to that is by wedging together all these different subjective truths, like the pieces in a stained glass window. The idea was to show the subjectivity of experience. One person can't tell you the whole story and there's no real ultimate truth to any of it.”
John Butler’s trailer for The Tenderloin.
This beautifully shot, evocative trailer for The Tenderloin is directed by Hugh O'Conor and stars Tadhg Murphy. Have a look!