From fantasy and the young adult genre to Christmas novellas and a World War I series—let alone her Thomas Pitt and William Monk historical murder and mystery series—one has to admire bestselling author Anne Perry’s prolificacy. To date, she’s written close to one hundred books, story collections, and novellas in less than forty years.
Patricia Mahon has been impressively productive in her own right. She’s a poet, screenwriter, playwright, and debut author. Pasadena publishing house Balcony 7 has released Mahon’s first novella The Island, the first installment in her series Stories from the Age of Distraction. The Island tells the story of Morgan who laments the the loss of storytelling in our current digital age. A pastime between friends—Morgan typing a first sentence, followed by whoever is online contributing a line or two until a collective story unfolds—becomes the idea for an app. What proceeds is fantastical, where reality and story overlap and intertwine to a degree that shocks even the participants.
Patricia Mahon is… a former teaching fellow and writing instructor at several major universities, including Tulane and the University of Denver. A native of New York with dual Irish/American citizenship, Mahon is a graduate of New York’s Manhattanville College, a W.B. Yeats scholar, and received advanced degrees in Anglo-Irish Literature from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. Mahon has also penned several musicals and original songs. Volume two of her Age of Distraction series, The Vineyard is scheduled for release in September 2016. She resides in Los Olivos, California. (Official text)
On July 13, Perry and Mahon will be in conversation at Vroman’s for an “Anglo/Irish Chat: Roots of English Literature.” Balcony 7 editor Jasmine Bingham will moderate this discussion of English literature’s genesis, “as started centuries ago with Anglo masters, fused with Celtic/Irish voices, and its evolution to groundbreaking genres that lay the foundation for a uniquely American style.”
Anglo/Irish Chat: Roots of English Literature
Wednesday, July 13th, 7 p.m.
Vroman’s, 693 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena 91101
Free event; check event page for book signing requirements
For complete details, visit VromansBookstore.com
Photo, Croaghaun Cliffs, Ireland by Mike Simms [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.