By J.P. Donleavy
Thursday 14 November
Venue: Lilliput Press, 62 Sitric Rd, Arbour Hill, Stoneybatter
To celebrate the publication of J.P. Donleavy’s final finished novel, A Letter Marked Personal (The Lilliput Press), you are invited to enjoy an evening of readings and revelry at The Lilliput Press. Gain entry using your own postcard marked ‘personal’, distributed to bookshops across the city. The Donleavy speakeasy is an exclusive event that celebrates this world-famous author with readings from A Letter Marked Personal, The Ginger Man and other work.
James Patrick ‘Mike’ Donleavy (1926–2017) was born to Irish immigrants in Brooklyn, New York, and was raised in The Bronx. He later enlisted and served in the US Navy and in 1946 went to Trinity College Dublin on the GI Bill. He later became an Irish citizen and settled along the shores of Lough Owel near Mullingar in County Westmeath. Donleavy published more than twenty books during his lifetime including The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B (1968), A Fairy Tale of New York (1973), The Onion Eaters (1971) and Schultz (1979), along with several works of non-fiction such as The Unexpurgated Code: A Complete Manual of Survival and Manners (1975). His most famous work The Ginger Man (1955) has, as Brendan Behan forecast, gone around the world. Never out of print in English, this book has been translated into two dozen languages, including Mandarin, and has sold more than 45 million copies worldwide. Donleavy’s final finished novel, A Letter Marked Personal, has recently been published by The Lilliput Press.