Saturday, October 19 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Emerald Noir

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If your visions of Ireland are all green fields, castles, Guinness, and sheep, two authors who have traveled to the Boston Book Festival from Northern Ireland are here to show you a different--and darker--side of the Emerald Isle. Kelly Creighton’s short fiction collection, Bank Holiday Hurricane, uses recurring characters and a defined geographic setting to create stories that the Irish Times calls “gritty and moving, with writing that can be both lyrical and stark.” And in Little Bird, Sharon Dempsey investigates what happens when a Welsh police detective lands in Belfast in order to forget her past--but winds up confronting a perplexing and threatening serial killer case. Leading this journey into the deepest, darkest corners of Éire is Boston Public Library president David Leonard, who also hails from the Land of Saints and Scholars.

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David Leonard

David Leonard is the president of the Boston Public Library. He first came to the the organization in 2009 as the chief technology officer. Before taking over as president, Leonard was the director of administration and technology; he also served as the acting director of administration... Read More →

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Kelly Creighton

Kelly Creighton is a Belfast-born writer who teaches creative writing, facilitates arts projects for community groups, and mentors new writers. Creighton is the founding editor of the Incubator Journal, which showcases the contemporary Irish story. She writes mostly crime and literary... Read More →
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Sharon Dempsey

Sharon Dempsey is a journalist, creative writing facilitator, and crime fiction and nonfiction writer. She lives in Northern Ireland and currently teaches creative writing at Stranmillis College and Queen's University. She is the author of the crime novel Little Bird, as well as My... Read More →

Saturday October 19, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm EDT
BPL Commonwealth Salon 700 Boylston St, Boston, MA, 02116