Alice McDermott, acclaimed author and Academy Professor and Richard A. Macksey Professor for Distinguished Teaching in the Humanities at Johns Hopkins University, will converse with Faculty Fellow Sara Maurer, Associate Professor of English, in this installment of the Institute's Speakers and Public Talks Series.
Professor McDermott’s newest book is What About the Baby? Some Thoughts on the Art of Fiction (2021). Her eighth novel, The Ninth Hour, was published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in September 2017. Her seventh novel, (Someone, 2013), was a New York Times bestseller and a finalist for the Dublin IMPAC Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Patterson Prize for Fiction, and The Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Someone was also long-listed for the National Book Award. Three of her previous novels, After This, At Weddings and Wakes, and That Night, were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. Charming Billy won the National Book Award for fiction in 1998 and was a finalist for the Dublin IMPAC Award. That Night was also a finalist for the National Book Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her stories, essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, Harpers, Commonweal and elsewhere.
Professor McDermott has received the Whiting Writers Award, the Carington Award for Literary Excellence, and the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for American Literature. In 2013, she was inducted into the New York State Writers Hall of Fame.
Before and after the talk and reading, representatives of the Notre Dame Hammes Bookstore will be available for sales of Professor McDermott's books.
In accordance with Keough School policy, all attendees, regardless of vaccination status, must wear masks during this event.