Alice McDermott is the author of several novels, including The Ninth Hour; Someone; After This; Child of My Heart; Charming Billy, winner of the 1998 National Book Award; and At Weddings and Wakes—all published by FSG. That Night, At Weddings and Wakes, and After This were all finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. Her stories and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, and elsewhere. For more than two decades she was the Richard A. Macksey Professor of the Humanities at Johns Hopkins University and a member of the faculty at the Sewanee Writers Conference. McDermott lives with her family outside Washington, D.C. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
'What About the Baby?': Essays by Alice McDermott on writing fiction
Tom's guest today is the acclaimed author, Alice McDermott. She is the winner of a National Book Award. Three of her novels have been finalists for the Pulitzer Prize, and she’s garnered many other prizes and accolades in a career that has spanned 40 years, and counting. She’s an insightful observer of the passing parade and her prose is a delight to encounter. Books like Charming Billy, After This, Someone, or her most recent novel, The Ninth Hour, have afforded readers some of the most enjoyable and enlightening experiences available in contemporary fiction. Alice McDermott has long been revered as a teacher of writing as well, serving for many years on the faculties of the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. Her latest book is a work of non-fiction, in which she proffers what might be dubbed a Bill of Rights for readers, and a how-to guide for writers. It is a celebration of great writing, and an investigation into what makes great writing, great. The book is called What About the Baby?: Some Thoughts on the Art of Fiction. Alice McDermott joins us on our digital line from her home in Bethesda, Maryland.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Alice McDermott | What About the Baby? Some Thoughts on the Art of Fiction
Free Library Podcast
In conversation with Danielle Evans Pulling the delicate threads of ''fear and vulnerability, joy and passion, the capacity for love and pain and grief'' (The Washington Post), Alice McDermott's fictional narratives explore intersecting stories of familial love, Irish American culture and assimilation, and the lessons of adulthood. Her novels include Someone; Charming Billy, winner of the 1998 National Book Award; That Night; At Weddings and Wakes; and After This, all of which were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. For more than 20 years McDermott was the Richard A. Macksey Professor of the Humanities at Johns Hopkins University and on the Sewanee Writers Conference faculty. She has contributed writing to The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, and The New York Times, among many other periodicals. In What About the Baby?, McDermott shares a collection of essays inspired from a lifetime of reading, writing, and teaching literature. Danielle Evans is the author of the story collections The Office of Historical Corrections and Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self, winner of the PEN America PEN/Robert W. Bingham prize, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and the Paterson Prize, and a National Book Foundation 5 under 35 selection. She teaches in The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University. (recorded 9/20/2021)
Alice McDermott on What About the Baby? Some Thoughts on the Art of Fiction
Leonard Lopate at Large on WBAI Radio in New York
(9/2/21) In her new book What About the Baby? Some Thoughts on the Art of Fiction, bestselling novelist Alice McDermott assembles the pithiest wisdom about the act of writing that she has collected throughout her career as an acclaimed novelist and college professor. Join us for musings on the art of creating great literature in this installment of Leonard Lopate at Large on WBAI.
This week, to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, acclaimed Irish-American writers Alice McDermott, Joseph O’Neill and Irish Ambassador to the United States Daniel Mulhall discuss their work, their approach to writing, and their shared Irish heritage. This program originally took place October 29th, 2020 and was recorded live over Zoom. Hear more immigrant and refugee writers [...]
Faith and Culture Lecture Series featuring Paul Elie and Alice McDermott
Religion and Culture in Dialogue
April 22, 2013 | In this seventh event in Georgetown's Faith & Culture series, novelist Alice McDermott discussed her body of work, its sources in her Catholic faith and in the modern literary tradition, and her forthcoming novel, Someone. The Berkley Center's Paul Elie lead the conversation. Alice McDermott is an award-winning author and the Richard A. Macksey Professor for Distinguished Teaching in the Humanities at John Hopkins University. Her novels include: A Bigamist's Daughter (1982), That Night (1987), At Weddings and Wakes (1992), Charming Billy (1998), Child of My Heart (2002), and After This (2006). Her seventh novel, Someone, will be published in September.Paul Elie is a senior fellow at the Berkley Center and the moderator of the university's Faith & Culture lecture series, sponsored by the Office of the President. He is the author of two books: The Life You Save May Be Your Own (2003), a group portrait of four American Catholic writers, and Reinventing Bach (2012), an account of the transformation of Bach's music in our time by great musicians working with new technology. Both books were National Book Critics Circle Award finalists.
Alice McDermott is the author of seven novels including National Book Award Winner Charming Billy and three Pulitzer Prize finalists: After This, That Night and At Weddings and Wakes. She is Johns Hopkins University's Richard A. Macksey Professor of the Humanities. She has a BA from SUNY Oswego and an MA from University of New Hampshire. Her new novel is Someone. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices